Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) dedicated her whole life to advocating for civil rights, especially the education of youth. You can find her work making headlines in Chronicling America newspapers, as well as her friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and other high profile people of the day. Even some comic books featured her biography.
I recently got a reference question that required some real detective work and creative thinking. In the end, the mystery remained but maybe you can help solve it. It all started with a political cartoon without a single citation in sight.
Belle de Costa Greene made sensations when she, a woman, entered the men-dominated art world. Imagine the further sensation if they had known she was a Black woman. Read about her and the Morgan Library in historic newspapers.