What's New: February 2021

February 25, 2021

This update features six new biographies in celebration of Black History Month. It includes rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley; feminist lawyer and activist Flo Kennedy; transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson; gender defying blues singer and pianist Gladys Bentley; Lerone Bennett, Jr., who led Ebony magazine during the civil rights movement; and James Saules, a sailor whose life likely inspired Oregon’s 1844 racial exclusion law.

Bennett, Jr., Lerone (17 Oct. 1928–14 Feb. 2018), historian, scholar, journalist, magazine editor, and author
Bentley, Gladys (12 Aug. 1907–18 Jan. 1960), African American pianist, blues singer, and nightclub entertainer
Diddley, Bo (30 December 1928-2 June 2008), guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer
Johnson, Marsha P. (14 Aug. 1945—6 July 1992), gay and trans rights activist
Kennedy, Florynce Rae “Flo” (11 Feb. 1916–23 Dec. 2000), black feminist, attorney, and activist
Saules, James D. (1806?–1850s), African American sailor and musician

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