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Marian Anderson
Brief Summary - An African American operatic and concert singer that was renowned thoughtout the world for her extraordinary contralto voice. The first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. The following web resource has related information:
  1. Marian Anderson - A Voice of Hope


Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
Brief Summary - A world famous poet, author, historian singer and civil rights activist. This Grammy and Horatio Alger award winner was raised in segregated rural Arkansas. The following web resources contain related information:
  1. Maya Angelou's Black Family Pledge
  2. Visions: Maya Angelou
  3. Official Website for Dr. Maya Angelou


Josephine Baker
Brief Summary - Entertainer, war heroine and civil rights activist. The following web resource has related information:
  1. Official Site of Josephine Baker


Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Georgia - 2nd District.


James Booker
Brief Summary - Perhaps the greatest piano player in the history of New Orleans.


Congresswoman Corrine Brown
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congresswoman from Florida - 3rd District.


Willie Lewis Brown, Jr.
Brief Summary - The mayor of the city and county of San Francisco, California. Before his term as mayor, he was the longest serving Speaker of the Assembly in California history; furthermore, he is the only African American to ever hold that post.


Grace Bumbry
Brief Summary - Famous African American opera singer who sang in concerts around the world. The following web resource has related information:
  1. Grace Bumbry, artist-in-residence - University of Michigan


Congresswoman Julia Carson
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congresswoman from Indiana, 10th District.


Congressman William L. Clay Congressman William L. Clay
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Missouri - 1st district.


Congresswoman Eva Clayton
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congresswoman from North Carolina - 1st district.


Congressman James E. Clyburn
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from South Carolina - 6th district.


Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Brief Summary - Contains a Biography on the U.S. Congressman from Michigan - 14th district. He is the longest serving African-American in the history of the U.S. House. Rep. John Conyers is the ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee.


Anthony Davis
Brief Summary - An internationally known African American composer of operatic, symphonic, choral, and chamber works. He is best known for his opera X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X.


William Edward Burghardt DuBois
Brief Summary - An African American educator, author, historian, sociologist, philosopher, poet, and leader. Besides being one of the founders of the NAACP, he was the very first African American to receive a doctoral degree from Harvard University. The following web resources contain related information:
  1. W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963)
  2. Dr. W.E.B. DuBois - An Unknown Friend of Korea


 
Congressman Chaka Fattah
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania - 2nd district.


Matthew Gaines
Brief Summary - A former slave, community leader, minister, and Republican State Senator. He made valuable contributions in the establishment of free public education in Texas. The following web resources contain related information:
  1. The 1870s: Matthew Gaines - Texas State Library
  2. "Texas A&M Will Remember Matthew Gaines"


Marcus Mosiah Garvey Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Brief Summary - A Black nationalist and Pan-African theorist who encouraged Black migration back to Africa.


Alex Haley Alex Haley
Brief Summary - The Pulitzer Prize winning author, Alexander Palmer Haley, wrote "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "Roots: The Saga of an American Family". The following web resources have related information:
  1. Alex Haley - Biography
  2. Alex Haley House Museum


Virginia Hamilton Virginia Hamilton
Brief Summary - The official web site of the late African American author of over thirty books. America's most honored writer of Books for Children. Additional information about one of the greatest authors of children's books may be found at the following web resource:
  1. Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002)


Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Florida - 23rd District.


Billie Holiday Billie Holiday
Brief Summary - One of the most famous Jazz singers of all time.


Akua Lezli Hope Akua Lezli Hope
Brief Summary - African American woman poet, writer, and hand papermaker. A founding member of the Black Writers Union and the New Renaissance Writers Guild; furthermore, she is an Area Coordinator for Amnesty International.


Langston Hughes Langston Hughes
Brief Summary - A Poet, Essayist, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, & Lyricist borned in Joplin, Missouri. Sometimes called The Poet Laureate of Harlem. One of America's great writers.


Zora Neale Hurston
Brief Summary - Renowned African American author who wrote stories, novels, anthropological folklore and an autobiography. The following web resource has related information:
  1. Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities


Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Illinois - 2nd District. The son of civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson. The following web resource has related information:
  1. U.S. House of Representatives - Congressman Jackson


Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Brief Summary - One of America's leading political figures. Since the time of Dr.King, Rev. Jackson has been a staunch defender of civil rights for all Americans. The founder of the National Rainbow Coalition.


Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
Brief Summary - African American music impresario who won over twenty Grammy awards, an Emmy award and several Oscar nominations. The following web resource has related information:
  1. Quincy Jones Music Publishing


Barbara Jordan
Brief Summary - She was a Congresswoman, Educator, and Constitutionalist. One of the greatest African American women of our time.


 
BB King BB King
Brief Summary - This guitarist is frequently called the undisputed King of the Blues. The following web resource has related information:
  1. The Official BB King Website


Martin Luther King Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brief Summary - The great civil rights activist who was the leading force behind the withdrawal of segregation laws in the 1960's. Additional information on Dr. King may be found at the following web resources:
  1. Seattle Times: Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. LIFE Classic Images: MLK
  3. Dr. King's "I have a Dream" Speech (audio)


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congresswoman from Texas - 18th District.


Congressman John Lewis Congressman John Lewis
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Georgia - 5th District.


Les McCann
Brief Summary - The legendary godfather of contemporary soul-jazz known for his smooth and funky spontaneity.


Cynthia McKinney Cynthia McKinney
Brief Summary - The former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia - 4th District.


Carrie Meek Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek
Brief Summary - The former U.S. Congresswoman from Florida - 17th District. The first African-American elected to U.S. Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.


Toni Morrison Toni Morrison
Brief Summary - Famous author of such works as "Beloved", "The Bluest Eye", "Song of Solomon", "Tar baby", and many other great works. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Additional information on Toni Morrison may be found at the following web resources:
  1. The Toni Morrison Society
  2. Chloe Anthony Wofford - Biography


Ambassador Moseley-Braun
Brief Summary - In 1992, Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. After serving her term in the U.S. Senate, she was appointed a special advisor in the Department of Education. She is currently Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa.


Congresswoman Eleanor H. Norton
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congresswoman from District of Columbia - Delegate at Large.


President Barack Obama President Barack Obama
Brief Summary - The 44th President of the United States and the first African American to obtain this office; President Obama had served as the U.S. Senator from Illinois. President Obama is married to the equally intelligent Michelle Obama. He is also the author of the best selling book "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream".. The following web resources may provide additional information:
  1. Barack Obama - Campaign Website
  2. A More Perfect Union (Full Speech)


Alondra Oubre Alondra Oubre
Brief Summary - Dr. Oubre is a medical anthropologist and the author of Instinct and Revelation, as well as published articles such as "The Adaptionist Yardstick" and "Black English Vernacular and Educability". Her writings cover scientific topics such as plant drug research; pharmacology; and human biodiversity, including the nature-nurture debate over ethnic differences.


 
Sidney Poitier Sidney Poitier
Brief Summary - The first Afro-American actor to win the Oscar (Lilies of the Fields, 1963). One of the very best actors of all time.


Colin Powell Colin L. Powell
Brief Summary - Powell is the first African American to hold the office of United States Secretary of State; furthermore, he is the only African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense. Additional information may be found at the following web resource:
  1. Colin Powell | United States Secretary of State


Vernellia R. Randall Vernellia R. Randall
Brief Summary - Dr. Randall is a professor of Law at the University of Dayton. Selected for Marquis Who's Who in the World for 1995, 1996, 1997, & 1998. Prior to Law, she had over 13 years experience as a Registered Nurse. At the request of the Office of the President, she was the special reviewer of the President Clinton's health care plan before it's public release.


Condoleezza Rice Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Brief Summary - Dr. Condoleezza Rice is the first African American woman to be appointed Secretary of State. Please review her impressive biography at one of the following locations:
  1. Rice2008.com Website
  2. Biography of Dr. Condoleezza Rice


Congressman Bobby L. Rush
Brief Summary - The official web page of U.S. Congressman from Illinois - 1st district.


Justice Clarence Thomas
Brief Summary - An Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Additional information on Justice Thomas may be found at the following web resource:
  1. "Oath and Conscience, Clarence Thomas' Stand"


Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
Brief Summary - The official web page of U.S. Congressman from Mississippi - 2nd district.


Jean Toomer
Brief Summary - A great Harlem Renaissance writer and poet. Additional information on Jean Toomer may be found at the following web resource:
  1. Jean Toomer - The Academy of American Poets


 
Derek Walcott
Brief Summary - A Nobel prize winning poet and playwright.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congresswoman from California - 35th District.


Congressman Melvin Watt
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from North Carolina - 12th District.


Congressman J. C. Watts, Jr.
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma - 4th District.


Roy Wilkins
Brief Summary - Civil Rights leader and Executive Secretary of the NAACP for 22 years.


Carter Godwin Woodson
Brief Summary - Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) was an educator and philosopher, mentor to African American scholars, and founder of the African American Historical Association. The following web resource has related information:
  1. Carter G. Woodson Regional Library


Congressman Albert R. Wynn
Brief Summary - The official web page of the U.S. Congressman from Maryland - 4th District.




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