The Black American Glossary

February 2017

Count Basie

Count Basie

Pianist & Songwriter
Moms Mabley

Moms Mabley

Comedian
The Miracles

The Miracles

R&B Music Group

January 2017

Bob Beamon

Bob Beamon

Track & Field Athlete
Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison

Academic, Author, Educator & Literary Critic
Gladys Knight & The Pips

Gladys Knight & The Pips

R&B & Soul Music Group
Barry White

Barry White

Music Producer & Singer

Nov. - December 2016

Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford

Astronaut, Pilot & Scientist
Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll

Theater Actress, Film Actress, Singer & Television Actress
Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

Film Actor, Pianist, Television Actor, Singer & Television Personality

October 2016

Rod Carew

Rod Carew

Coach & Professional Baseball Player
Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Singer, Songwriter & Entrepreneur
Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia Mckinney

Civil Rights Activist & U.S. Representative

September 2016

Death

Death

Punk/Garage Band
Patrice O'Neal

Patrice O'Neal

Actor, Comedian & Radio Personality
Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree

Actor

July 2016 - August 2016

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Government Official, Educator & Civil Rights Activist
Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Pianist, Conductor & Songwriter
Issac Hayes

Issac Hayes

Actor, Musician & Singer

May - June 2016

Wally Amos

Wally Amos

Entrepreneur
Ella Baker

Ella Baker

Civil Rights Activist
Run DMC

Run DMC

Hip-Hop Recording Group

March - April 2016

Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height

Civil Rights Activist & Women's Rights Activist
Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Guitarist, Songwriter & Singer
Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Singer, Songwriter, Musician & Guitarist

January - February 2016

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

Professional Tennis Player & Activist
Betty Shabazz

Betty Shabazz

Civil Rights Activist, Nurse & Educator
Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack

Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Instrumentalist & Sideman

Nov. - December 2015

Aaliyah

Aaliyah

Film Actress & Singer
Julius Erving

Julius Erving

Professional Basketball Athlete

Sept. - October 2015

Grandmaster Caz

Grandmaster Caz

DJ, Singer-Songwriter & MC
Ray Charles

Ray Charles

Pianist, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, & Singer
Whitney Young, Jr.

Whitney Young, Jr.

Civil Rights Activist

August 2015

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet & Teacher
Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Professional Football Athlete & Actor
Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer & Composer

July 2015

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka

Actor, Teacher, Theater Director, Theater Producer, Writer, Activist & Poet
Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee

Actress, Screenwriter, Civil Rights Activist, Poet & Playwright
Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Producer, Dancer & Singer

June 2015

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Martial Artist, Actor & Athletic Instructor
Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin

Civil Rights Activist
Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Multi-Instrumentalist

May 2015

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

Singer
Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

Singer, Songwriter, Hip-Hop Recording Artist, Actress, Model, Comedian & Talk Show Host
Rakim

Rakim

Hip-Hop Recording Artist
A. Phillip Randolph

A. Phillip Randolph

Civil Rights Activist

April 2015

Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa

DJ, Producer & Activist
Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Singer & Actress
Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

Civil Rights Activist & U.S. Representative
N.W.A

N.W.A

Hip-Hop Recording Group

March 2015

Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

Actor & Comedian
Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy

Record Executive, Songwriter & Music/Film/Television Producer
Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

Actress, Singer, & Songwriter
Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Writer, Photographer, Pianist, Songwriter & Director

February 2015

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte

Civil Rights Activist, Actor & Singer
Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm

Politician, Educator & Author
Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

Historian

January 2015

Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Actor, Director & Producer
Joe Louis

Joe Louis

Professional Boxing Athlete
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

President (non-U.S.), Writer & Civil Rights Activist
Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage

Sculptor, Artist, Educator & Civil Rights Activist

December 2014

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Singer
The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G.

Hip-Hop Recording Artist
Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Actor & Filmmaker
Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

Singer

November 2014

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Children's Activist, Trumpet Player, Music Producer, Songwriter & Television Producer
Prince

Prince

Singer, Music Producer & Songwriter
Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Civil Rights Activist

October 2014

Janet Collins

Janet Collins

Prima Ballerina
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Actor, Singer, Comedian & Dancer
Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Civil Rights Activist & Philanthropist
John Singleton

John Singleton

Director, Producer, & Screenwriter

September 2014

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Dancer, Singer, Actress, Civil Rights Activist & Spy
DJ Grandmaster Flash

DJ Grandmaster Flash

Hip-Hop Recording Artist & DJ
Public Enemy

Public Enemy

Hip-Hop Recording Group
Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold

Women's Rights Activist, Author, Educator, Civil Rights Activist & Painter

May - August 2014

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

Actor, Comedian & Television Producer
Pam Grier

Pam Grier

Film Actress
Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

Singer, Songwriter & Actress
Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

Actor & Hip-Hop Recording Artist

January - April 2014

Ali Vs. Frazier

Ali Vs. Frazier

Professional Boxing Athletes
Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

Actor, Comedian & Screenwriter
Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Professional Baseball Athlete

August - December 2013

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Singer & Actress
Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry

Playwright & Writer
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter & Dancer
Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

Educator & Civil Rights Activist

May - July 2013

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Musician
James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Novelist, Essayist, Playwright, Poet & Social Critic
Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane

Rapper, Actor, Record Producer & Model

January - April 2013

James Brown

James Brown

Musician, Producer, Dancer & Bandleader
George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Scientist, Botanist, Educator, & Inventor
“Sugar” Ray Robinson

“Sugar” Ray Robinson

Professional Boxing Athlete
Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Civil Rights & Women's Rights Activist

December 2012

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

Professional Baseball Athlete
Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

July - November 2012

Miles Davis

Miles Davis

Musician
Dorothy Jean Dandridge

Dorothy Jean Dandridge

Singer & Actress
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Poet, Social Activist, Novelist, Playwright & Columnist
Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

African-American Abolitionist & Women's Rights Activist

March - June 2012

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Writer, Dancer & African-American Activist
Chamberlain Vs. Russell

Chamberlain Vs. Russell

Professional Basketball Athletes
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Civil Rights Activist
Zora Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Folklorist, Anthropologist & Author

January - February 2012

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

Political Leader, Publisher/Journalist, Entrepreneur & Orator
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Rights Clergyman, Activist & Leader
Malcolm X

Malcolm X

Muslim Minister & Human Rights Activist

Oct. - December 2011

The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party

African-American Activist/Freedom Fighters
Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles

Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist & Composer
Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Military Commander