Celebrate black history month


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Celebrate black history month

  3. 3. CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH As African Americans, we need look no further than our own race for a reason to feel proud and to have a reason to celebrate the positive contributions Blacks have made in the world. I have attempted to capture some of the contributions Blacks have made in the world; some contributors are legendary and others are not so well known. Each of their contributions have helped to shape the world in which we live. I respect and am appreciative of every Black person who added value to the culture of our people and the culture of the human race. Thank you for your bravery, tenacity, guts, and persistence. To all I salute you for a job well done.
  4. 4. IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, WE HAVE:  Henrietta Lacks The best-selling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which features the striking image of Lacks on its cover, tells the story of this African-American woman, her family, and her fast-growing cells, used in over 70,000 medical studies. Born: 08/01/1920 Died: 10/04/1951
  5. 5. IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, WE HAVE:  Dr. Daniel H. Williams Born: 1856 Dr. Williams performed Died: 1931 the first successful heart surgery — at Provident Hospital, the first black hospital in the U.S., which he founded.
  6. 6. IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE, WE HAVE  Vivien T. Thomas Thomas was an AfricanAmerican surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s. Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons. Born: 08/29/1910 Died: 11/26/1985
  7. 7. IN THE FIELD OF TECHNOLOGY, WE HAVE  Andrew Beard Invented the car device#594,059 dated November 23, 1897 Rotary engine patent #478,271 dated July 5, 1892. Born: 1849 Died: 1921
  8. 8. IN THE FIELD OF TECHNOLOGY, WE HAVE   Jerry Lawson Mr. Lawson, a computer engineer and designer of Fairchild Channel F, the first programmable ROM cartridge-based video game console. Born: 12/1/1940 Died: 04/9/2011
  9. 9. IN THE FIELD OF TECHNOLOGY, WE HAVE  Janet Bashen First African-American woman to receive a patent for a web-based software invention. The invention, LinkLine, is an Equal Employment Opportunity case management and tracking software. Born: 1957 Died: Still Contributing
  10. 10. IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY, WE HAVE  Robert L. Johnson An African American businessman, media magnate, executive, philanthropist and investor. He is the founder of Black Entertainment Television, which was sold to Viacom in 2001 Born: 04/08/1946 Died: Still Contributing
  11. 11. IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY, WE HAVE  Oprah Winfrey American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist, owner of The Oprah Winfrey Network, and entrepreneur Oprah Gail Winfrey. Born: 01/29/1954 Died: Still Contributing
  12. 12. IN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY, WE HAVE  John H. Johnson Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) was founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson and is the curator of the AfricanAmerican experience – past, present and future. JPC is the preeminent publisher of EBONY and JET magazines and owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, an internationally renowned cosmetics brand for people of color Born: 01/19/1918 Died: 08/05/2005
  13. 13. IN THE LITERARY FIELD, WE HAVE  Dr. Maya Angelou One of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Born: 04/04/1928 Died: Still Contributing
  14. 14. IN THE LITERARY FIELD, WE HAVE  Alex Haley Born: 08/21/1921 Alex Haley was an Died: 02/10/1992 American writer. He is best known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family and as the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
  15. 15. IN THE LITERARY FIELD, WE HAVE  W.E.B. DuBois In 1891 Du Bois got his master of arts and in 1895 his doctorate in history from Harvard. His dissertation, The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, 16381870, was published as No. 1 in the Harvard Historical Series. This important work has yet to be surpassed. In 1896 he married Nina Gomer, and they had two children. Born: 2/23/1868 Died: 8/27/1963
  16. 16. IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, WE HAVE:  Berry Gordy, Jr Mr. Gordy is an American record producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries. Born: 11/28/1929 Died: Still Contributing
  17. 17. IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, WE HAVE   Quincy D. Jones, Jr. In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, their "The Eyes of Love" for the Universal Pictures film Banning. That same year, he became the first AfricanAmerican to be nominated twice within the same year for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, as he was also nominated for his work on the film In Cold Blood (1967). In 1971, Born: 03/14/1933 Died: Still Contributing
  18. 18. IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, WE HAVE   Miles Dewey Davis III American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century,[3] Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Born: 05/26/1926 Died: 09/28/1991
  19. 19. IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, WE HAVE   Ella Fitzgerald American jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves (D♭3 to D♭6). Often referred to as the "First Lady of Song" and the "Queen of Jazz," she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "hornlike" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing Born: 04/25/1917 Died: 06/15/1996
  20. 20. IN THE FILM INDUSTRY, WE HAVE   Sidney Poitier American-born Bahamian actor, film director, author, and diplomat. The first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. Born: 02/20/1927 Died: Still Contributing
  21. 21. IN THE FILM INDUSTRY, WE HAVE   Cicely Tyson American actress. Tyson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972). For this role she also won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. She starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), for which she won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA Award. Born: 12/19/1933 Died: Still Contributing
  22. 22. IN THE FILM INDUSTRY, WE HAVE  Harry Belafonte Belafonte was an early supporter of the civil rights movement in the 1950s, and one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s confidants. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for humanitarian causes, such as the anti-apartheid movement and USA for Africa. Since 1987 he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Born: 03/01/1927 Death: Still Contributing
  23. 23. IN RELIGION, WE HAVE  William Joseph Seymour The Azusa Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement. It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. Born: 05/02/1870 Died: 08/28/1922
  24. 24. IN RELIGION, WE HAVE  Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. An American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. Born: 01/15/1929 Died: 04/04/1968
  25. 25. IN THE AREAS OF LAW & POLITICS, WE HAVE  Thurgood Marshall Born: 07/02/1908 An Associate Justice Died: 01/24/1993 of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African American justice.
  26. 26. IN THE AREAS OF LAW & POLITICS, WE HAVE   Colin Luther Powell American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position Born: 05/05/1937 Died: Still Contributing
  27. 27. IN THE AREAS OF LAW & POLITICS, WE HAVE  Andrew Jackson Young American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as a Congressman from Georgia's 5th congressional district, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayor of Atlanta. Born: 03/12/1932 Died: Still Contributing