Countless African American women and men from Pennsylvania have overcome many challenges and opened new opportunities for other blacks. They are inspirations for all people.
Before the Civil War, African Americans were denied full citizenship and most opportunities for advancement. Some African Americans bettered their lives by entering professions or creating their own businesses. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, blacks made their marks in the arts and education, and in black institutions such as Negro League baseball and black newspapers. During the mid-twentieth century, black leaders and the civil rights movement helped open more paths. Since then African Americans have advanced in many fields of endeavor.
Blacks have realized many achievements, thanks to trailblazing African Americans. These posters feature only a few of the many inspiring African Americans in Pennsylvania history.