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Louis Jordan

Aug 5th, 2011 | By
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1908-1975  Louis Jordan was one of the most successful African American musicians of his era, achieving success and popularity across jazz, blues, R&B, and the nascent Rock and Roll genres. He was one of the first black artists to “cross over” to the mainstream, scoring with white audiences and on the pop music charts. Studies
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Charles Hamilton Houston

Aug 4th, 2011 | By
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1895-1950  Charles Hamilton Houston was an attorney, a professor, and a law school dean. He devised and implemented the legal strategy that set the stage for the unanimous 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregation in public schools. Early Resolve Houston was born in Washington, DC, just a few
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Medgar Evers

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By
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1925-1963  Medgar Evers’ work as NAACP state field secretary for Mississippi led to his assassination by a white supremacist. After more than 30 years and three separate trials, his killer was finally brought to justice, in what has become a celebrated and inspirational story of victory and sacrifice for the Civil Rights Movement. Insurance to
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Daisy Gatson Bates

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By
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1914-1999  Daisy Gatson Bates was an activist and publisher. She is best known for her role as mentor and advisor to the group of nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Bates dedicated her life to the struggle against injustice, and was among this country’s fiercest and most steadfast advocates for
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Arthur Ashe

Aug 1st, 2011 | By
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1943-1993  Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr., was a barrier-breaking tennis player, and the first—and only—player to win both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open championships in the same year. Ashe used his celebrity to bring attention to injustice, racial prejudice, apartheid in South Africa, and the AIDS epidemic. Early Victories Born on July 10, 1943, in
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Sugar Ray Robinson

Jul 31st, 2011 | By
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1920?-1988  Sugar Ray Robinson is widely regarded as the best boxer in the history of the sport. After winning a Golden Gloves amateur title in his teens, he went on to enjoy a storied professional career during which he won, in succession, the world lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight championships. At his peak, he had an
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Satchel Paige

Jul 30th, 2011 | By
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1906?-1982  Satchel Paige was the top pitcher in baseball’s Negro League.  He became one of the first African Americans to play major league baseball and continued pitching for over a span of 40 years. He was named the first black player in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and is famously remembered for saying, “Don’t look
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Thurgood Marshall

Jul 29th, 2011 | By
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1908-1993  Thurgood Marshall devoted his life to the advancement of equal rights for all Americans. As a leading attorney for the NAACP, member of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Solicitor General for the United States, and ultimately as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he held fast to his principles and won hugely
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Langston Hughes

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
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1902-1967  Langston Hughes was an accomplished writer in almost every form and genre, and one of the first African Americans to earn a living from writing professionally. He captured the essential voice of jazz and the blues in his poetry, and used it to express the anguish, joy, and exhilaration of black life in America.
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Josh Gibson

Jul 27th, 2011 | By
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1911-1947  Josh Gibson was widely believed to be the greatest home run hitter of his time, and possibly of all time. Tragically, he was unable to participate in major league baseball due to discrimination against African Americans. He died just three months before the sport’s integration. Sandlot Star Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia,
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