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Black / African - American History Month Celebration. Friday, February 11, 2011 1 pm – 2 pm. Famous African - Americans. Created by: Gabriela Calix, Kinjal Doshi, Jaspreet Kaur, Darshi Patel Edited by: Bonnie Fong. Muhammad Ali. 1942 – Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.

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Black african american history month celebration

Black/ African-AmericanHistoryMonth Celebration

Friday, February 11, 2011

1 pm – 2 pm

Famous african americans


Created by:Gabriela Calix, Kinjal Doshi, Jaspreet Kaur, Darshi Patel

Edited by: Bonnie Fong

Muhammad ali
Muhammad Ali

1942 –

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.

Boxer known for his flamboyant manner + doggerel verse (“float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”)

Won Olympic gold medal for light-heavyweight division

Maya angelou
Maya Angelou

1928 –

Born Marguerite Johnson

Author, poet, playwright, actress, producer, director, dancer, civil rights activist, professor

Best known for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Dominique dawes
Dominique Dawes

1976 –


1994: won U.S. National Gymnastics Championship

1996: Member of U.S. team that won the Olympic gold

W e b dubois
W.E.B. DuBois

1868 – 1963

Sociologist, civil rights activist, poet, professor

1st African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University

Helped found NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

The Souls of Black Folk

Duke ellington
Duke Ellington


Born Edward Kennedy Ellington

Jazz pianist, composer, bandleader

Won Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966

"It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."

Ella fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald

1917 – 1996

Jazz singer, songwriter

Unparalleled mastery of scat singing

Won 13 Grammy Awards, including the 1967 Lifetime Achievement Award

Langston hughes
Langston Hughes

1902 – 1967

Poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright

The Weary Blues

The Ways of White Folks

Comic character Jesse B. Semple, later known as Simple

Michael jackson
Michael Jackson

1958 -2009


Known as “The King of Pop”

Youngest member of the Jackson 5

His 1983 record Thriller sold more copies than any album in history

Shirley a jackson
Shirley A. Jackson

1946 –


1st black woman to earn a Ph.D. in any subject at MIT

1st African American to head the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Pres. of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Barbara c jordan
Barbara C. Jordan

1936 – 1996

U.S. Representative

1st African-American congresswomen from the South

1995: awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Co-founded People for the American Way, a liberal organization that opposes censorship

Jamaica kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid

1949 –

Born Elaine Potter Richardson


Known for Caribbean-American literature

The Autobiography of My Mother

My Brother

Thurgood marshall
Thurgood Marshall

1908 – 1993

U.S. Supreme Court Justice, civil rights lawyer

1st African American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

Successfully argued the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case

Elijah mccoy
Elijah McCoy

1844 – 1929

Inventor, manufacturer

Developed machine-lubrication products (for steam engines)

Over 50 patents, including an improved airbrake lubricator, folding ironing board, + lawn sprinkler

Rosa parks
Rosa Parks

1913 – 2005

Civil rights activist

1955: refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger; was arrested + imprisoned

Her act of defiance ignited the civil-rights movement in the U.S.

1999: awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Jackie robinson
Jackie Robinson

1919 – 1972

Baseball player

1st African-American to play baseball in the major leagues

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Active in Civil Rights movement

Will smith
Will Smith

1968 –

Actor, rapper

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Independence Day

Men in Black I and II

Won Grammy Award for "Parents Just Don't Understand"

Sojourner truth
Sojourner Truth

1795 – 1883

Born Isabella Baumfree

Abolitionist, feminist, orator, preacher

"Aren't I a Woman" speech

Madame c j walker
Madame C. J. Walker

1867 – 1919

Born Sarah Breedlove

Businesswoman, philanthropist, inventor

Invented hair products for blacks

1st self-made U.S. woman millionaire

Booker t washington
Booker T. Washington

1856 – 1915


Founded the Tuskegee Institute in Mississippi

Believed it more important for blacks to improve themselves through industrial education

Up From Slavery

Cornel west
Cornel West

1953 –

Writer, philosopher, theologian, rapper, actor, sociologist, professor, civil rights activist

Race Matters

Oprah winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

1954 –

Talk show host, media mogul, actress, producer, philanthropist

Won 25 Emmys, Peabody Award

The Oprah Winfrey Show is an Emmy Award-winning series

Harpo Productions; Oxygen; O, The Oprah Magazine



Images & biographical information came from library databases:

African-American History Online

Biography Reference Bank

Credo Reference

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online