Grateful American Kids

Black Americans Who Shook the World

Honoring these Americans for their immense achievements

1. Shirley Chisholm
First black woman elected to Congress, and first to seek the Democratic nomination for President.

2. W. E. B. Du Bois
Writer, historian and civil rights activist.

3. Duke Ellington
Composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 until his death.

4. Henrietta Lacks
Her immortalized cancer cells are the source of the HeLa line; one of the most important in medical research.

5. Toni Morrison
American novelist; winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature; author of Sula, The Bluest Eye, and Beloved.

6. Charles Richard Drew
An American surgeon, who researched the field of blood
transfusions, improve blood storage techniques,
and developed blood banks.

7. Thurgood Marshall
First Black to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme
Court; successfully argued Brown v. the Board of Education, which
deemed discrimination in the schools illegal.

8. Quincy Jones
b. 1933
Record producer, musician, songwriter; film and television producer.

9. Jackie Robinson
Civil rights leader, and first African American to play in Major League Baseball.It is said he broke the color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

10. Barack Obama
b. 1961
Lawyer, author, first African-American president.

11. Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist, author; first black woman to win a case against a white man.

12. Madam C. J. Walker
African-American entrepreneur; first self-made female millionaire recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

13. Ella Baker
African-American civil rights leader who worked with W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King.

14. Gordon Parks
Photographer, director.

15. Harriet Tubman
(c. 1820-1913)
Spy, nurse, abolitionist; she freed 70 slaves through her network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

16. Ida. B. Wells
Investigative journalist, educator; a founder of the NAACP.

17. Sidney Poitier
Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat, first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

18. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.
First African American general in the Army.

19. Martin Luther King Jr.
Baptist Minister. Civil Rights Activist. Winner 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
20. Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist, Orator, Newspaper Publisher, Writer; Ally of Abraham Lincoln.
21. Mohammad Ali
The Best Boxer in American History.
22. Michael Jackson
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer; “King Of Pop”.
23. Booker T. Washington
Author, educator, and founder of Tuskegee Institute.
24. Jesse Owens
African American track and field athlete who won four gold medals
in the 1936 Olympics.
25. Aretha Franklin
Singer, songwriter, and pianist; the “Queen of Soul.”
26. Zora Neale Hurston
Author, filmmaker, anthropologist.
27. Katherine Johnson
(1918 – 2020)
NASA scientist, “human computer”; Subject of the film, Hidden Figures.
28. Mary McLeod Bethune
(1875 – 1955)
American educator, civil rights leader.
29. Maya Angelou
(1928 – 2014)
Poet, memoirist, civil rights activist; performer.

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