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Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin, the Democratic senator for Wisconsin, has chosen to ignore those she calls “the naysayers, the cynics, and the keepers of the status quo; those who say ‘you can’t, you shouldn’t, or you won’t'”. Her career is a perfect […]
Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John

Singer-songwriter Elton John has been funneling money into his Aids Foundation since 1992. Every year, he opens his house to hundreds of celebrities and invited guests for a ball to raise money for the foundation, and also holds post-Grammy and […]
Charles Rice – Gonzalez

Charles Rice – Gonzalez

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD!    In 1998, Charles co-founded, with award-winning choreographer/dancer Arthur Aviles, BAAD! – The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, […]
Deray McKesson

Deray McKesson

Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson took the stage at a San Francisco gala on Saturday and opened up about the complexities of being black and gay. “I stand here as a proud black gay man,” said Mckesson, who has […]
Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Multi-Emmy-award-winning actor, writer and standup comedian, Ellen came out in 1997 and faced down criticism to reposition herself as the host of one of America’s most successful chat shows, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DeGeneres moved into the mainstream by hosting […]
Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Born Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win the award in two different fields (physics and chemistry). Curie’s efforts, with her […]
Alice Waters

Alice Waters

Alice Louise Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist, and author. She is the owner of Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic, locally grown ingredients and for pioneering California cuisine. Waters opened the restaurant in 1971. […]
Doc Hendley

Doc Hendley

The absence of clean water and its consequent illnesses kills more children every year than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. These and other water crisis statistics encouraged Hendley, who was working as a barman, to raise money by pouring wine […]
Asian American History Timeline

Asian American History Timeline

1850’s Migration to Gold Mountain The first Asians to migrate to the United States were the Chinese in the mid-19th century to work in the gold mines and railroads. 1850 People vs. Hall This appealed murder case established that Chinese […]
Polish Immigration

Polish Immigration

Poland, the seventh largest country in Europe, occupies an area of 120,727 square miles—some-what larger than the state of Nevada. Located in east-central Europe, it is bordered to the east by Russia and the Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Slovakia […]
Irish Immigrants

Irish Immigrants

Irish Immigrants in the United States By Kevin Kenny Irish immigrants had a rough start in the United States, stuck in urban poverty and taunted by some of their neighbors. They and their descendants overcame the obstacles and prevailed.  Kevin […]
Italian Immigration

Italian Immigration

More Italians have migrated to the United States than any other Europeans. Poverty, overpopulation, and natural disaster all spurred Italian emigration. Beginning in the 1870s, Italian birthrates rose and death rates fell. Population pressure became severe, especially in Il Mezzogiorno, […]
Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Born in Ulm, Germany, the young Einstein was dissatisfied with the restrictive schools in Germany. At the age of 16 he moved to Switzerland and graduated from the Federal Institute of Technology. In 1902 he became a clerk with Swiss […]
Rose & Reuben Mattus

Rose & Reuben Mattus

The ice cream brand Häagen-Dazs was invented in 1959 by a Russian immigrant, Reuben Mattus, at his kitchen table and manufactured at his family ice cream factory, Senator Frozen Products, in the Bronx. While Reuben handled the marketing and devised […]
Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin

Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin

Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin (Russian: Влади́мир Козьми́ч Зворы́кин, Vladimir Koz’mich Zvorykin; 1888 – July 29, 1982)was a Russian inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Educated in Russia and in France, he spent most of his life in the United States. […]
Dr. Robert Gallo

Dr. Robert Gallo

Robert Charles Gallo is an American biomedical researcher. He is best known for his role in the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the infectious agent responsible for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and in the development of […]
Jane Addams

Jane Addams

Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a pioneer American settlement activist/reformer, social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women’s suffrage and world peace. She created the first Hull House. In an era when presidents […]
Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk

Born in New York in 1930, gay rights activist and community leader Harvey Milk made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to San Francisco’s Board […]
The legendary Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement

The legendary Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement

The legendary Stonewall Inn is the birthplace of the modern Gay Rights movement.  On June 28th, 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back against what had become regular, tolerated, city sanctioned harassment by the police department.  For the […]
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Legendary heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, is a devout Muslim. In a December 2015 statement, he told NBC News, “I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in […]
John Baptist de La Salle

John Baptist de La Salle

Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Patron of Christian Teachers. John Baptist de La Salle was born into a world very different from our own. He was the first son of wealthy parents living in […]
Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist. Born in the Philippines and raised in the United States from the age of twelve, he was part of The Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for […]
Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye

Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye is a Filipino-American jurist, is the 28th Chief Justice of California. Nominated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for California’s highest judicial office on July 22, 2010, and retained in office by California voters on November 2, 2010, she […]
Maya Lin

Maya Lin

Maya Lin was born on October 5, 1959, in Athens, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale, where she studied architecture and sculpture. During her senior year she won a nationwide competition to create a design for the Vietnam […]
Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki was born on December 1, 1912 in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from from the University of Washington, Seattle and became an instructor in architectural design at Columbia University. In 1945 he moved to Detroit and built numerous iconic […]