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Black History Month 2020

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This African American investigative journalist led an antilynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s & remained active in promoting justice for African Americans as one of the founders of the NAACP.
This American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic was an early pioneer of laser cataract surgery.
American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she is currently in her 15th term in the House, having served since 1991
On Feb 4, 1986 a stamp was issued to honor this iconic abolitionist & women's rights activist by the US Postal Service
American inventor and engineer who holds more than 120 patents.He is the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, which has been among the world's bestselling toys every year since its release.
Best known for his years on Saturday Night Live and for his role as the eccentric TV star in Tina Fey's television series 30 Rock.
This legendary basketball player entered the NBA directly from high school, played his entire 20-year career with the LA Lakers, and won five NBA championships. He died tragically at the age of 41 on January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash with his teenage daughter.
This leading funk singer/songwriter of the 1980s got his start as a bassist in various bands before going solo in the late 1970s; his 1978 solo debut Come Get It! included the hits "Mary Jane" and "You and I"
This former Boston Bruins winger is best known for being the first black player in the National Hockey League & was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2018.
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American civil rights activist, podcaster, and former school administrator. A supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, he has been active in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland and on social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram.
This American singer turned from a teen sensation to an R&B icon with several bestselling albums, numerous awards and his own recording label. He was born in 1978 in Tennessee.
American writer who was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.His writings center on the African American experience & range from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper columns."What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?... Or does it explode?"
Christopher George Latore Wallace, was an American rapper, widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time.
This Arts Educator & Activist was born in Boston in 1921 to immigrant parents from Barbados.. She was a speech therapy teacher and taught dance and drama at the Cambridge Community Center and fine arts at the Harriet Tubman House before founding her own prestigious School of Fine Arts in 1950, to provide arts education for the African-American community in Boston.