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African-American People

Learn more about the many great African-Americans that have made their marks on America's history.

Barack Obama - President-Elect of the United States
Learn about Barack Obama, the apparent president-elect of the United States. Read about his childhood, his career pre-presidency, and his campaign for president.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main figures in the Civil Rights Movement. He was born in 1929 and eventually led and influenced millions through his espousal of non-violent protest against segregation and racial discrimination. King was assassinated in 1968. Learn more about this enigmatic and amazing person through this biography.

African-Americans in Horse Racing
Did you know that African-Americans were very influential in the sport of Horse Racing a long time ago? Read about this history with nice photos, from Horse Racing Guide Cindy Pierson.

Blacks and the NHL
Part of the Infoplease.com site. This story highlights the rising number of African-Americans in the sport of hockey.

George Washington Carver
From fellow About.com guide Mary Bellis' excellent inventors site, the story of the life of one of the most prolific inventors in history: George Washington Carver.

Wilt Chamberlain
"Wilt The Stilt," "The Big Dipper," and a host of other nicknames; this literally larger-than-life man set NBA records that will never be broken. From the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Frederick Douglass
Escaping from slavery in 1838, Douglass became one of the great orators and leading African-American figures of the 19th Century.

American Experience: Marcus Garvey
The leader of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League (ACL), Garvey led the "Back to Africa" movement, and instilled a renewed sense of black nationalist pride. From the PBS site.

William Grant Still
The first African-American to have a symphony performed by an American orchestra. Nice biography and major works on Still from the Special Collections Library at Duke University.

United States Colored Troops
Brief notes on African-Americans in the Civil War. From the 54th Massachusetts (covered in the movie Glory), the South Carolina 1st, to Frederick Douglass, Robert Smalls and Harriet Tubman. This site also covers black Confederates.

History of Black Baseball
This article discusses the history of black baseball in America while pointing out the importance these athletes have had on the game in general.

Narratives of Ex-Slaves
Read the stories of ex-slaves and see their pictures. They recount their extraordinary struggles and hopes in these gripping accounts.

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