Examples of Famous African Americans
Here are some examples of famous African-American figures and their contributions to American history:
Louis Armstrong was born in 1901 in New Orleans and grew up to be one of the most recognizable figures in jazz music, in part due to his distinctive, gravelly voice. Armstrong was an innovator on the trumpet, while still technical in his skills. He went on to tour the United States and many countries in Europe, showcasing his talents. Perhaps his most well-known song is "What a Wonderful World."
Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman astronaut, completing her mission in 1992. Jemison dreamed about traveling to space as a child, graduating from high school at the age of 16. She went on to Stanford and studied engineering, eventually studied medicine at Cornell. Jemison also served in the Peace Corps. for two years in Liberia and sierra Leone.
The first African-American elected president of the United States. Barack Obama, who was born to an inter-racial couple, began his political journey as an organizer on the south side of Chicago. He went on to attend Harvard law school and is known for his oratory abilities.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, but escaped and returned 13 times to help free other slaves using the Underground Railroad. When the American Civil War began, Tubman worked in the Union Army as a cook, nurse, armed scout and spy. She continued working for women's suffrage until her death in 1913.