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The 1989 Calendar of Black History
All the individuals in Aetna's 1989 calendar share a common quality: the courage to overcome the most difficult obstacles. Although blind from birth, pianist Thomas Greene Bethune became one of the "musical wonders of the world," writing more than 100 pieces of music before the age of 5. Charlotte Hawkins Brown who began educating children at the early of 12 when she formed a kindergarten class in her church, later founded the Palmer Memorial Institute. Elijah McCoy, the son of fugitive slaves, patented more than 50 inventions, including the tread for tires and a folding iron table. The phrase we use today, 'the Real McCoy,' was created for his originality.

Blanche Kelso Bruce  |  Patricia Roberts Harris
Richard Robert Wright

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