Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

African-American Leaders

Justina Ford (1871-1952), Physician

Overcame major obstacles in order to practice medicine Only female doctor in Denver for at least the first three decades of the 20th century Justina... continue »

The Nicholas Brothers: Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000)

Magical tap dancers; charismatic performers The Nicholas Brothers never became the household names that Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire became, but they deserve to have... continue »

Susie King Taylor (1848-1912), Educator, Author, Activist

First woman to openly teach former slaves at a school in Georgia. Only African-American woman to publish a memoir of her work during the Civil... continue »

George Washington Carver (ca. 1865-1943), Internationally Known Scientist and Educator

Developed crop-rotation methods which changed the nature of agriculture; Discovered multiple different uses for crops such as the peanut; the peanut plant enriches the soil... continue »

Sarah E. Goode, (ca.1850-1909), Inventor

First African-American woman to get a patent Sarah Jacob was born into slavery in about 1850; she gained her freedom at the end of the... continue »

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), Great Strides in Education and Civil Rights

Made great progress for African-Americans in the fields of education and civil rights Consultant to four presidents; most significantly FDR for establishing the Federal Council... continue »

Reginald Lewis (1942-1993), Self-Made Business Success

• First African-American businessman to make Forbes list of wealthiest people • In 1992 donated largest gift from an individual in Harvard Law School’s history... continue »

Allen Allensworth (1842-1914), Former Slave Founded Town

• Escaped from slavery (1862); • Campaigned for two years to become a military chaplain; • Retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel, the... continue »

Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895), Physician

• First African American woman to earn a medical degree at a time when advanced education for women was rare. • Wrote Book of Medical... continue »

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994)

First American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals in track and field, 1960 Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, and she weighed... continue »

Black History Month: A Time to Recognize Little-Known Contributions

If journalism is the first draft of history, then it only makes sense that our story is constantly being re-drafted as new elements are discovered... continue »

Pools and Politics

Last week I wrote about baseball catcher Roy Campanella. Reading his autobiography sent me in search of who, what, when, where, and why about the... continue »