African American Biographies

Click the name of a person to read a short blurb about them. Then pick 6 people you would like to learn more about by filling out the form at the bottom of this post. Next week, you will find out who you will study. One entry/group


Count Basie
Tyree Guyton *
Dizzy Gillespie
Horace Pippin *
Josephine Baker
Chuck Berry
Louis Armstrong *
Jacob Lawrence *
Jimi Hendrix
Ella Fitzgerald *
Michael Jackson *
Marian Anderson first African American soloist to sing with the Metropolitan Opera of New York City *
Duke Ellington *
Miles Davis
Paul Robeson
Cab Callowey
Hattie McDaniel, first African American to win an Academy Award


Faith Ringgold
Zora Neale Hurston
Walter Dean Myers
Gwendolyn Brooks, first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize
Phillis Wheatley
Langston Hughes
Maya Angelou
Benjamin Banneker
Countee Cullen
Frances Harper


Shirley Chisholm – 1969 first black female U.S. Representative.
Sojourner Truth first African American woman orator to speak out against slavery
Colin Powell first African American U.S. Secretary of State
Eric H. Holder, Jr., first African American Attorney General of the United States
Condoleezza Rice, first African American woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state
Thurgood Marshall *
Jesse Jackson *
Carter Woodson
Harriet Tubman *
Rosa Parks *
Martin Luther King, Jr. *
Barack Obama, *
Ralph Bunche, first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize
Malcolm X*
W.E.B. Du Bois
Frederick Douglass
Ruby Bridges *
Michelle Obama
Claudette Colvin *
Nat Turner
Stokely Carmichael
Mary Church Terrell
Booker T. Washington
Dred Scott
Philip Randolph
Ida B Wells *
Coretta Scott King *

Mae C. Jemison, first African American woman astronaut to travel in space
Guion S. Bluford, Jr., first African American astronaut to travel in space
Daniel Hale Williams*
Lewis Latimer
Garrett Morgan
Neil Degrasse Tyson
George Washington Carver


DeHart Hubbard, first African American to win an individual gold medal in the Olympic Games, for long jump
Althea Gibson, first African American tennis player to win at Wimbledon and U.S. Open
Kobe Bryant *
Wilma Rudolph
Shaquille O’Neal
LeBron James
Michael Jordan
Isiah Thomas
Hank Aaron *
Jesse Owens *
Magic Johnson
Arthur Ashe *
Althea Gibson
Cool Papa Bell *
Willie Mays
Bo Jackson
Jackie Robinson *
Barry Sanders
Ken Griffey Jr.
Satchel Paige
Josh Gibson
Alice Coachman
Ernie Banks


Bass Reeves * U.S. Marshall
Bessie Coleman* first African American woman licensed as a pilot
Tuskegee Airmen Army Air Corps group WWII
Madam C. J. Walker* first African American woman to become a wealthy business owner
Benjamin Davis first African American General in the Armed Forces
Salem Poor African American soldier

*our library has book on this person