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EXTRAORDINARY AFRICAN-AMERICANS Below are just a few African-Americans who have accomplished extraordinary things. Many will be known but others should be people to watch and are still alive today. Share this with children, families and communities. Can you add anyone to this calendar?

February 2010 Sunday

Black History Month originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week. The month of February was chosen in honor of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, who were both born in that month.














Barack Obama: August 4, 1961 First African American and 44th President of the Unites States of America

Dr. Ben Carson: September 18, 1951 Pediatric Neurosurgeon, 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Ruth J. Simmons, PhD: July 3, 1945 First African American and 18th President of Brown University

Robert L. Johnson: April 6, 1946 Founder and former Chairman of Black Entertainment Television. Is considered the first African American billionaire.

General Colin Powell: April 5, 1937 65th United States Secretary of State, 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 16th National Security Advisor

Benjamin Banneker: 1731-1806 AfricanAmerican astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher who was instrumental in surveying the District of Columbia.

Alexa Canady became the first female African-American neurosurgeon in the United States. She graduated from medical school in 1975.

Richard Theodore Greener: 1844 - 1922 The first African-American graduate from Harvard in 1870. He started out at Oberlin college, the first American Tiger Woods: December 30, 1975 college to admit African-Americans and went on to Golf legend and philanthropist become a lawyer.

Dr. Patricia Bath November 4, 1942Ophthalmologist and the first African American female doctor granted a patent for medical purposes. The device will be used to remove cataract lenses using fiber optic laser.



Jesse Owens:1913 - 1980 Track and Field star, broke many records at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, including becoming the first athlete to win four gold medals in one Olympiad.

Alvin Ailey: 1931 -1989 World renound choreographer and artistic director





Booker T. Washington 1856 - 1915 Lisa P. Jackson: February 8, 1962 Oprah Winfrey:January 9, 1954: The first African-American to be honored on a Current Head of the Environmental Protection Television host and media mogul U.S. stamp, in 1940. Agency (EPA)

Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson October 5, 1958 Director of Hayden Planetarium at the National Museum of Natural History

Ralph J. Bunche: 1904 - 1971 Politician and a U.N. diplomat, was the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace prize in 1950 for mediating the Arab-Israeli truce.

Minnie Jocelyn Lee Elders:1933 The first African-American and the second woman to serve as the United States Surgeon General. Her term lasted for 15 months (1993 - 1994)

Alain Locke:1886 - 1954 Writer, philosopher and intellectual, was the first African-American Rhodes Scholar. A strong supporter of African-American arts, he wrote about the Harlem Renaissance in The New Negro (1925).

Kenneth Chanault: June 2, 1951 Louis Farrakhan: May 13, 1933 Current Chairman and CEO of American Creator of the Million Man March (1995) and Express Company. One of the earliest leader (1978-2007) of the Nation of Islam professionals to reach the C-Level Suite of a Fortune 500 company Mike Tomlin: March 15, 1972 Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the youngest Head Coach to lead a team to win Judith Jamison:May 10, 1943 the Superbowl. World renound dancer, choreographer and

John Boyd Jr.: September 4, 1965 Founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association

Tyler Perry: September 13, 1965 Writer, playwright, executive producer and CEO of first 100% African American owned/operated Film Studio

Ursula Burns: September 20, 1958 Current CEO of Xerox

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Dr. Condoleeza Rice: November 14, 1954 66th United States Secretary of State, 20th US National Security Advisor under President George W. Bush

Mark Dean: 1957 -

George Washington Carver: 1864 - 1943,

Michele Obama: January 17, 1964 - First African-American First Lady of the United States of America

Catherine Hughes, c1947 Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, the largest network of radio stations that target African American audiences.

Charlie Scott, the first African American to race in any NASCAR race - July 31, 1955, finishing 28th after completing 250 laps.

Dr. Charles Drew:1904 - 1950 Discovered techniques to store blood and developed blood banks.

Max L. Siegel - Sports and Entertainment Attorney, former President of Dale Ernhardt and highest African American executive in NASCAR

Dr. Clive Calendar November 16, 1936 Founder of the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP)


Along with his co-inventor Dennis Moelle created a microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices. This invention allows the use of computer plug-ins like disk drives, speakers, scanners, etc...

Dr. Susan E. Rice: November 17, 1964 Current United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Jimmie Lee Solomon: c.1947 Executive Vice President, ML Baseball Operations



Madame C.J. Walker born Sarah Breedlove Major Shawna R. Kimbrell 1876 - 1919 Invented specialized hair The first African American female Air Force products for African-American hair and Fighter pilot became the first American woman to become a millionaire. Bessie Coleman:1893-1926 The first licensed African-American pilot in the world. She received aviation instruction in Clarence Otis Jr. : June 2, 1951 France. Current Chairman and CEO of Darden

Made agricultural advancements and inventions pertaining to the use of peanuts and Percy Julian, who helped create drugs to combat glaucoma, were the first African-Americans admitted into the Muhammad Ali: 1942 – National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1990. Self–proclaimed “greatest [boxer] of all time”

Reverend Al Sharpton October 3, 1954 Social activist and former presidential candidate

was originally named after his father, who was named after the 19th century abolitionist Serena Williams:September 26, 1981and politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. Tennis legend that has held all four major titles at once (French, Australian, US Opens and Wimbeldon)





Honorable Clarence Thomas: June 23, 1948 - Current Supreme Court Justice

James A. Bell: June 4, 1948 Current CFO of Boeing Company

Otis Boykin:1920 -1982 The inventor of electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control unit for a pacemaker.

Honorable Thurgood Marshall 1908 - 1993 Civil Rights Activist, Attorney and first African American Supreme Court Justice

L. Londell McMillan Entertainment Super Lawyer. Clients include Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Russell Simmons

Richard D. Parsons: April 4,1948 Deval Patrick: July 31, 1956 Current Chairman of Citigroup, former CEO First African American and 71st Governor of of AOLTimeWarner. One of the earliest Massachusetts professionals to reach the C-Level Suite of a Fortune 500 company John Mercer Langston: 1829-1897 Black leader, educator, and diplomat, who is believed to have been the first black ever Venus Williams: June 17, 1980 elected to public office in the United States. Tennis legend and Olympic Gold medalist

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Michael Jackson 1958-2009 Singer, songwriter, and entertainer extraordinaire, was nominated for 12 Grammy awards and won a record-breaking eight in 1984. He has received 13 Grammy awards in his career, and is a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as part of the Jackson 5 Wilt Chamberlain 1936 - 1999 and as a solo artist). He holds the title of The first basketball player to score 100 points Most Top 10 Singles from an album for in a single game during the 1961 season and Thriller (1982) and the Most #1 Singles from the first player in the NBA to score 30,000 an album for Bad (1987). points. 28

Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. October 8, 1941 - :Civil rights leader, politician and former presidential candidate

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American pilots in the U.S. armed forces. Beginning in 1941, select groups of extensively tested and rigorously trained AfricanAmericans were trained at The Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The Tuskegee Airmen are depicted in the G.I. Joe action figure series.

Linda Dunham Current CHAIR for Global Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities Lisa Price Founder and President of Carol's Daughter

David Drummond Current Chief Legal Counsel for

Charles Bolden: August 19, 1946 Current Head of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Top Unsung Inventions 10. The battery 9. Marine Chronometer 8. Eye glasses The Refrigerator Plumbing Coretta Scott King The Electrical Grid 1928-2006 Typewriter Civil Rights Leader and Humanitarian Paper The Pill Vaccinations

Martin Luther King Jr. 1927-1968 The African Methodist Episcopal Church Civil Rights Leader, Baptist Minister (AME), founded by Richard Allen (1760 - and Nobel Prize Winner 1831) became the first national black church in the United States in 1816.

In 1990's BET became the first African American controlled company publicly traded on the NYSE.

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