First black woman elected to Congress, and first to seek the Democratic nomination for President.
Writer, historian and civil rights activist.
Composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 until his death.
Her immortalized cancer cells are the source of the HeLa line; one of the most important in medical research.
American novelist; winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature; author of Sula, The Bluest Eye, and Beloved.
An American surgeon, who researched the field of blood
transfusions, improve blood storage techniques,
and developed blood banks.
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.
Record producer, musician, songwriter; film and television producer.
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.
Lawyer, author, first African-American president.
Abolitionist, author; first black woman to win a case against a white man.
African-American entrepreneur; first self-made female millionaire recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
African-American civil rights leader who worked with W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King.
Spy, nurse, abolitionist; she freed 70 slaves through her network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
Investigative journalist, educator; a founder of the NAACP.
Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat, first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.
First African American general in the Army.
Baptist Minister. Civil Rights Activist. Winner 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.
Abolitionist, Orator, Newspaper Publisher, Writer; Ally of Abraham Lincoln.
The Best Boxer in American History.
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer; “King Of Pop”.
Author, educator, and founder of Tuskegee Institute.
African American track and field athlete who won four gold medals
in the 1936 Olympics.
Singer, songwriter, and pianist; the “Queen of Soul.”
Author, filmmaker, anthropologist.
NASA scientist, “human computer”; Subject of the film, Hidden Figures.
American educator, civil rights leader.
Poet, memoirist, civil rights activist; performer.