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A glossary of important Black (African) American individuals from the past and present. A knowledgeable resource for all, brought to you with an artistic touch.

Wally Amos

Wally Amos

Wallace “Wally” Amos, Jr. is an American TV personality, entrepreneur, and author. He is the founder of the Famous Amos chocolate-chip cookie, the Cookie Kahuna, and Aunt Della‚Äôs Cookies gourmet cookie brands, and was the host of the adult reading program, Learn to Read.

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Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music.

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Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey, Jr. ONH was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL, commonly known as UNIA).

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Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory was an American comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, conspiracy theorist, entrepreneur, and occasional actor. During the turbulent 1960s, Gregory became a pioneer in stand-up comedy for his “no-holds-barred” sets, in which he mocked bigotry and racism.

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Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Broderick Stephen Harvey is an American television presenter, comedian, actor, broadcaster, author, game show host and businessman. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, Celebrity Family Feud and the Miss Universe competition.

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Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons.

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant

Mary Ellen Pleasant was a 19th-century American entrepreneur, financier, real estate magnate and abolitionist. She identified herself as “a capitalist by profession” in the 1890 United States census. Her aim was to earn as much money as she was able to help as many people as she could.

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Naomi Sims

Naomi Sims

Naomi Ruth Sims was an American model, businesswoman, and author, She was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal, which occurred in November 1968, and is widely credited as being the first African-American supermodel.

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Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political/social activist. Walker was considered the wealthiest African-American businesseswoman and wealthiest self-made woman in America at the time of her death in 1919.

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Hosea Williams

Hosea Williams

Hosea Lorenzo Williams was an American civil rights leader, activist, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician. A former aide to Martin Luther King Jr., was a principal leader of the civil rights movement.

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