BLACK HISTORY MONTH’S AFRICAN AMERICAN HEROES OF THE WEEK• Each week in February we will be exploring 6 African American Heroes.• The next group of slides will showcase people who have put their stamp on history whether it be artistically, economically, politically, and so on.
BARACK OBAMA• Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44 th President of the United States.• He is the first president to be born in Hawaii August 4, 1961.• He is the first African American to become President.• He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School.• He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago.• He helped set up job training programs, college prep tutoring programs, and a tenants right program while working for the Developing Communitites project while in Chicago.
SOJOURNER TRUTH• Was born Isabella Baumfre in 1797.• She was sold at the age of 9 for $100 and a herd of sheep.• She was born a Slave in New York• She was the first black woman to go to court and win her son back who was illegally sold after she escaped and became free.• She helped recruit black troops for the Union Army which helped to free slaves.• She died November 26, 1883 in Battle Creek Michigan.• She was pivital in the civil and women’s rights movement.
WHITNEY HOUSTON• Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born August 9, 1973 in Newark, New Jersey.• In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.• Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits.• “I will always love you”, from the body guard soundtrack which she also starred in is the best selling single by a female artist in music history.• “The Preachers Wife”, soundtrack which she had hits on also became the best selling Gospel Album in history.• She passed abruptly at a pre Grammy party on February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills California.
JACKIE ROBINSON• Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919.• He was the first African American to play Major League Baseball.• When the Dodgers started him at first base in 1947, they became the first major league team to play a negro.• He was selected for 6 consecutive all star games.• He played in 6 world series and contributed to the dodgers winning the World Championship in 1955.• He was major league baseballs Rookie of the Year in 1947.• He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1962.• He was also the first black television analyst in Major League Baseball.
MAE JEMISON • Mae Carol Jemison was born October 17,1956. • She is the first black woman to travel to space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. • Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987 • She acted on an episode of Star Trek the next generation. • IN 1993 she resigned from NASA to form a company to research applying technology to every day life. • She is a dancer. • She holds nine honorary doctorates in Engineering and Science.
FREDERICK JONES MR. FREEZE• Jones was born in 1892 just outside of Cincinnati.• He ran away from the Catholic Priest who had adopted him at age 11 and got a job at an auto shop.• By the age of 15 he was helping to manage the auto repair shop.• After he returned from World War 1, he designed devices that adapted silent film to audio stock.• He developed a transportation refrigerator that could be mounted to trucks to ship food, and deliver food and blood behind enemy lines in World War 2.• In total Jones was granted more than 60 patents for inventions including a defroster, a two-cycle gas engine, and a thermostat system Read more:
THE END!!This concludes the end of Week 1 of our African American heroes. Stay tuned for plenty more in the coming weeks.
REFERENCES I received facts and images from the following websites.Http://www.google.comhttp://www.findagrave.comhttp://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1963424_1963480_1963466,00.htmlhttp://www.wikipedia.org/