Important People in Black History
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Learn a little more about people in black history like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Mae Jemison, and more!

Important People in Black History

Rosa Parks β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for being arrested when she did not get out of her seat so a white man could sit in it. Her and her husband joined the National Association fo the Advancement of Colored People. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Harriet Tubman β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for being a β€œconductor” on the Underground Railroad in 1849, she escaped slavery and them helped countless others escape to the North as well. She also was a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War. In 2016, it was announced that she would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Martin Luther King Jr. β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for his speeches during the Civil Rights Act, such as his β€œI Have a Dream” speech. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and he played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in 1965.

Mae C. Jemison β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for being the first African American woman to be admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program. In 1992, she became the first African American woman in space.

Barack Obama β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for being the first African American president of the United States. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. β€œI am not opposed to all wars. I am opposed to dumb wars.”

Langston Hughes β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for his poems, novels, columns, and plays. He attended both Columbia University and Lincoln University. β€œThe first two or three days, on the way home from school, little white kids, kids my age, 6 and 7 years old, who would throw stones at me. There were other little white kids, 6 and 7,

years old, who picked up stones and threw them back at their fellow classmates, and defend me, and saw that I got home safely. So, I learned very early in life that our race problem is not really of black against white, and white against black. It's a problem of people who are not very knowledgeable, or have small minds, or small spirits.”

Jackie Robinson β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for being the first African American athlete to play Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1647. Before becoming a professional baseball player, he was on the Honolulu Bears football team.

Carter G. Woodson β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Famous for being the β€œFather of Black History,” he lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. After being the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University, he dedicated his career to African American history.

Thank You!!! I think that Black History Month is important to acknowledge and learn about. Resources: biography.com ducksters.com

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