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Black History Month

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The 44th President of the US, he is the 1st (and, to date, only) African-American to be elected to the presidency.
Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is considered the best boxer of all time.
The 1st black woman elected to the US Congress
A scientist who studied agriculture, he developed methods to avoid soil depletion
Known as the "Mother of the Freedom Movement" and the "First Lady of Civil Rights", she was instrumental in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The founder of Kwanzaa
An escaped slave, she was an abolitionist who was the first black woman to win a custody court case against a white man.
The 1st African-American in space
The author of the 1976 novel "Roots"
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The 1st African-American to win a Grand Slam tennis title
The "First Lady of Song" and the "Queen of Jazz".
By starting at 1st base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he became the first black player in Major League Baseball.
The first African-American to serve as the US Secretary of State
The 1st African-American US Justice of the Supreme Court
An escaped slave, she helped rescue many other slaves through the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War she was a scout and spy for the US Army.
A surgeon and medical researcher in the field of blood transfusions, he developed the first large-scale blood banks.