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Mrs. Dugas-Cramer

The Faces of Black History


Booker T. Washington

Born in Virginia he put himself through school and became a teacher. In 1881, he founded the school Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama (now known as Tuskegee University), which grew immensely and focused on training African Americans in agricultural pursuits



I was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a politician. I was the first person of color to serve in the United States Senate.



Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

"Their colour is a diabolic die."

Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,

May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

I was a poet and the first published African-American woman. Born in Senegambia, I was sold into slavery at the age of seven and transported to North America.


Langston Hughes

“Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow. “

I was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. I was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry in which I wrote proudly about black people.


“We received a call upon arrival the bus driver said he had a colored female sitting in the white section of the bus, and would not move back.” These words, from the official City of Montgomery police report from December 1st, 1955, recorded one of the most pivotal events of 20th century history –The Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Rosa Parks


Malcolm X

“The Future belongs to

Those who prepare for it today.”

I was born Malcolm Little and was also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, I was an African-American Nation of Islam Muslim minister and a human rights activist



Tribute Clip

Arthur Ashe

I attended the University of California on a tennis scholarship and was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team. I am the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.



“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'.”

Muhammad Ali

I am “the Greatest” professional boxer among the heavyweights in the sport's history.


Hey, Hey Hey! It’s FAT ALBERT!

Bill Cosby

I am an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist.

Fat Albert clip


I was born on February 20, 1927, in Miami, Florida. After a delinquency-filled youth and a short stint in the U.S. Army, I moved to New York to pursue an acting career. I joined the American Negro Theater and later began finding roles in Hollywood. In 1964, I became the first black actor to win an Academy Award.

Raisin in the Sun Clip

Sidney Poitier



Wilma Rudolph

I was an American athlete and an Olympic champion. I was considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and competed in two Olympic Games, in 1956 and in 1960.



In high school, he won three track and field events at the 1933 National Interscholastic Championships. Two years later, while competing for Ohio State University, he equaled one world record and broke three others. In 1936 Owens won four gold medals at the Olympic Games in Berlin.


In 1941, Time magazine dubbed me the "Black Leonardo”.

Coloring book

George Washington Carver

As a baby my mother and I were kidnapped and my mother was sold into slavery. I went on to develop and promote about 100 products made from peanuts that were useful for the house and farm, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerin.


Madam C. J.Walker

“One night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”

I created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was the first American woman to become a millionaire through my own business.



Mae Jemison

I was an American physician who spent years working with the poor in Africa before becoming a NASA astronaut. I am the first African American woman to travel in space when I went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.


Brian’s Song

Gale Sayers

I was known as "The Kansas Comet.” I was a former American college and professional football player and running back for the Bears during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Classic Clips


Dred Scott


I was a slave in the United States who unsuccessfully sued for my freedom in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, popularly known as "the Dred Scott Decision."


Paul Robeson

The child of a runaway slave, a football All-American, a singer and actor. I am best know for the musical “Showboat” and Shakespeare’s “Othello.” I was very vocal during the Civil Rights Movement.

Ol’ Man River

Showboat Clip


"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter."

"I never had a job. I always played baseball."

Satchel Paige

I was an American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made me a legend in my own lifetime.



“Without Struggle

There can be no



Frederick Douglass

I was a former slave and human rights leader in the abolition movement. I taught myself to read and published my own newspaper, the North Star.


Claudette Colvin

In 1955, I was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery.




I was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. I died in an airplane crash.

Bessie Coleman


You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise –

Maya Angelou

I am an American author and poet. I have published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and I am credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.




Jackie Robinson

I was an American baseball player who became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era. In 1962 I became the first black player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Washington D.C

Marian Anderson

I was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century.


Jacob Lawrence

More Art

I was a famous African-American artist of the 20th century. I was known for a series of paintings called “Migration Series.”


“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”



The 15th of 17 children born of former slaves I was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach.


“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”



I was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. I led many slaves to freedom following the “Big Dipper.” My nickname was Moses.




We real cool. We

Left school. We

Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We

Die soon.

Gwendolyn Brooks

I was an American poet. I won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950.


Crispus Attucks

I was an African-American man killed during the Boston Massacre, making me the first casualty of the American Revolution for independence.


“Ain’t I a Woman?”

Alice Walker reads


Sojourner Truth

I was an abolitionist and women's rights activist. I was born into slavery in New York, but I escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. My birth name was Isabella Baumfree.


I was an American actress. I was the first African American to win an Academy Award. I won the award for Best Supporting Actress for my role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind.




Hattie McDaniel


In the 1950’s my music was “Unforgettable.”

I was known for my smooth, sultry voice in Jazz and Pop music.

Nat King Cole



Thurgood Marshall

I am best known for my high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a decision that desegregated public schools. I was Appointed in 1967 to the Supreme Court by President, Lyndon Johnson. I was the first black to hold a seat on the Supreme Court.


Lewis Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer was an inventor and draftsman best known for his contributions to the patenting of the light bulb and the telephone.


Condoleezza Rice

American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush.


Barack Obama

Born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he is the 44th and current president of the United States. He was a civil-rights lawyer and teacher before pursuing a political career. He was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2004. He was elected to the U.S. presidency in 2008, and won re-election in 2012.