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Famous Americans: African Connections

These sites give biographical information on African Americans. See paintings and photographs and take an online quiz. eThemes Resources on the Negro Baseball League, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, Dred Scott, Ruby Bridges, Barack Obama, and African American firsts are linked.


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Here is an interview with the television star, spokesperson, and business executive.
Choose several African Americans to read about; Willie Brown, Johnnetta Cole, Colin Powell, Rosa Parks, or Desmond Tutu.
This is the Library of Congress site. Some text may be difficult but there are lots of photographs and images of original documents, like letters, ship logs, etc.
Learn of the outstanding achievements made by this group of African Americans whose portraits appear courtesy of The National Portrait Gallery and the Harmon Foundation.
African-Americans featured on US stamps. Includes a tour of black history, games and activities, and a quiz.
Try an online quiz. Choose a difficulty level, read the question, and choose the correct answer. The sidebar has the biographies if you need help.
This site has an interactive timeline. Students can also explore the "Quoting Greatness Quiz," "101 Fast Facts," "Videos," and much more. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This ThinkQuest is a listing of famous African American inventors, musicians and educators. Each person has a short biography written about them.
This site has an online encyclopedia of many African Americans. There are also primary documents and speeches. Click on "Multimedia" for audio files and videos. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This Thinkquest student-designed site has lots of information about the teams, players, their equipment, and the stadiums.
These sites have information about the teams and players in the Negro Baseball League. The history of the league is explained in text and timelines. Many sites have photos and biographies of these players. Also included are video and audio interviews. Includes a link to an eTheme resource on baseball.
These sites are about George Washington Carver, his life, his scientific achievements, and his impact on American agriculture. Learn about his national monument located in Missouri and how you can order a traveling trunk for your classroom. Also includes biographies, activity ideas, quizzes, lesson plans, and information about peanuts and sweet potatoes.
Learn more about Jackie Robinson, his achievements in sports, and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Includes biographies, photographs, and interviews. There are also some audio and video clips.
These sites are about Ruby Bridges and her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Read about the Ruby Bridges Foundation. Includes classroom activities, biographies, interviews, and photographs, plus information about a movie and books based on her life.
Read about Dred Scott, the famous slave who sued in court for his freedom. Find out what the Supreme Court's ruling meant for all slaves. Includes biographies, primary documents, and newspaper editorials from the time period.
Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his leadership in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Includes documentary photography on the marches and protests, interactive timelines about his life, and audio and text files of his speeches.
These sites are about the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. There is biographical information, speeches, videos, and photos. Learn about the historic election and issues facing the administration.
These sites include information about African-American firsts in literature, sports, politics, education, music, etc. Significant contributions of African-Americans in contemporary and past history have been identified.

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