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Inspirational African Americans

In honor of black history month and beyond, I will be pinning notable African Americans who have given me inspiration.
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Leroy "Satchel' Paige - Leroy "Satchel' Paige was a legendary pitcher in both the Negro Baseball League and the Major Leagues. There are many hall-of fame baseball players who have said that Satchel Paige was the best ever. In 1971 Satchel Paige was the first Negro League baseball player inducted into the Hall of Fame, but that is only the cap on an amazing story of an amazing man.

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Born into humble circumstances on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, Henry Louis 'Hank' Aaron ascended the ranks of the Negro Leagues to become a major league baseball icon. Aaron played 23 years as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, during which time he broke many of baseball's most distinguished records, including most career home runs (755)--a record that stood for more than two decades.

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Hank Aaron Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story

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Jane M. Bolin - Judge Jane M. Bolin was the first black women graduate of Yale Law School and the first black female judge in the United States. Bolin was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on April 11, 1908. From her earliest days in her father’s law office, Bolin knew she wanted to be an attorney. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1928 and earned her J.D. degree at the Yale Law School in 1931.

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First Black Woman Judge : Jane M. Bolin

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Dr. Ben Carson is the Director of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  When he assumed this post at age 32 he was the youngest person to do so in Johns Hopkins history.  Although Dr. Carson has performed many successful surgeries throughout his career, he is probably most famous for being the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate twins conjoined at the back of the head (craniophagus twins).  Dr. Carson lead a 70-member surgical team in the 22 hour successful operation to…

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Leontyne Price

Mary Leontyne Price was born in Laurel, Mississippi, on February 10, 1927. Ms. Price made her sensational Metropolitan Opera debut on Jan. 27, 1961, as Leonora in Verdi’s "Trovatore," the first African-American to open a season at the Metropolitan Opera. But prior to that, during the late 1950s, operagoers in Vienna and Salzburg had already heard her powerful Mozart performances as Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni."

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Leontyne Price News - The New York Times

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Quincy Jones - Musician, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Philanthropist, and Film and Television Executive. Quincy Jones was convinced at an early age to explore music by his teenage friend Ray Charles. He played in various bands through the 50's, began composing for film and television in the mid 60's and eventually produced over 50 scores. He has worked with musicians Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion. Jones founded a charity for youth in 1985. He is known for…

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Quincy Jones Biography -- Academy of Achievement

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Mary McLeod Bethune - Mary McLeod Bethune was an extraordinary educator, civil rights leader, and government official who founded the National Council of Negro Women and Bethune-Cookman College. She was also the first African American woman to be involved in the White House, assisting four different presidents.

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1846-1910 A dentist by trade, Dr. George F. Grant also distinguished himself as an educator, scholar, and inventor. Grant earned acclaim as both an innovator in dental practice and as a frequent and vocal commentator on the development of dentistry. Even at leisure, his active mind never stopped working overtime: he filed the first U.S. patent for a golf tee.

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George F. Grant Biography at Black History Now

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Shirley Chisholm - In 1968 Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman to serve in the United States Congress. Chisholm was a model of independence and honesty and championed for several issues including civil rights, aid for the poor, and women's rights. In 1972 she ran for President of the United States, making her the first black person to do so. Although she did not win the Democratic nomination, she gained an impressive 10% of the votes.

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Hattie McDaniel - Although her role of "Mammy" was and still is controversial, Hattie McDaniel was the first black performer to win an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in "Gone With the Wind." She was also the first black woman to sing on the radio.

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