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Black History Month 2008

Black History Month 2008

Mr. Clutter

VMS Library

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►Carter G. Woodson was an African American historian, author, journalist and

the Founder of Black History Month. He is considered the first to conduct a

scholarly effort to popularize the value of Black History. He recognized and acted

upon the importance of a people having an awareness and knowledge of their

contributions to humanity and left behind an impressive legacy. He was a member

of the first black fraternity Sigma Pi Phi and a member of Omega Psi Phi as well.

►1926 - began as Black History Week

►1976 - established as Black History Month

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Famous Black Women

Famous Black Women

Bessie Coleman:

►1893 - 1926

►First Black women pilot 1921

Wilma Rudolph:

►1940 - 1994

►First American women to win 3 gold medals (1960)

Marian Anderson:

►1897 - 1993

►was denied the right to sing at Constitutional Hall – Washington DC

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Arts, Literature, Medicine & Athletics

Arts, Literature, Medicine & Athletics

Maya Angelou:

►1928 -

►Poet and writer {6 autobiographies}

Jesse Owens


►He won four gold medals in Track and Field at the 1936 Olympics

Aaron Douglas:

►Famous painter of library murals.

►1899 - 1979

Dr. Hale Williams

►1856 - 1931

►1893 he repaired the torn pericardium of James Cornish, who had suffered a knife wound to the heart

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Black Musicians

Black Musicians

► Armstrong, Louis “Satchmo” (Daniel Louis Armstrong), 1901–1971, American jazz trumpet virtuoso, singer, and band leader.

► Berry, Chuck (Charles Edward Anderson Berry), 1926- , American rock music, guitarist, singer and songwriter.

► Berry Gordy, 1929- In 1959 he founded the Motown Record Corporation. The early hit-makers included: the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and Martha and the Vandellas and the Jackson 5.

► Holiday, Billie, 1915-59, American singer. Her birth name was Eleanora Fagan. She sang with many famous jazz muscians. She died at a an early age and the movie “Lady Sings the Blues” is based on her life.

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Black Entertainers

Black Entertainers

► Jimmy Hendrix – (1942 – 1970) was a singer, guitarist and song writer and is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history.

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