Outstanding African Americans Activity
Thurgood Marshall said "Equal means getting the same thing, at the same time and in the same place."

Directions: Click on the link to go to a web site with the answer to the question. The answer is often on the linked page.
A few web sites require you to use an appropriate link to another page that has the answer.
Use the Go menu
of your browser to return to this hunt page. Printer friendly answer sheet
Hey, Mrs. O! a link is broken! - Use your Internet research skills to find the answer.

Listen to Drew Underwood read his poem. Keep his words in mind as you complete this activity.

1. What remarkable speech did Sojourner Truth give to the Women's Rights Convention?

 


Read the speech. What point is she making in the speech?

Sojourner Truth was a former slave. In which state was she held as a slave?

 

2. George Washington Carver was a scientist who offered solutions to problems farmers were having in the south.
He found that the solution to one problem lead him to another. How did he respond to these challenges?

 

 

3. When Wilma Rudolph was a child something happened to her that makes her 3 Olympic gold medals all the more amazing.
What happened to her?

 

4. What do you think is Mae Jemison's most remarkable accomplishment?

 

 

5. Judith Jamison is a famous dancer and rans the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
Summarize - What does she look for in a dancer?

 

 

6. What kind of music is Scott Joplin famous for composing?

 

 

7. The Medford Point Marines are notable because ...

 

8. For what contribution to medicine is Dr. Charles Drew known?

 

 

9. Predict - How many Africans Americans do you believe served in the Revolutionary War Army?

Check - How many African Americans served in the Revolutionary War Army?

 

10. Barbara Jordan sat on what famous congressional committee?

 

 

Rep. Jordan was the first woman and the first African-American to give the keynote address at Democratic National Convention

1976 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address. In the speech she said...

"Who then will speak for the common good?

This is the question which must be answered in 1976: Are we to be one people bound together by common spirit, sharing in a common endeavor; or will we become a divided nation? For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future. We must not become the "New Puritans" and reject our society. We must address and master the future together. It can be done if we restore the belief that we share a sense of national community, that we share a common national endeavor. It can be done.

There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals, and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision." Rep Barbara Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. He appeared before the Supreme Court 32 times and won 29 of those cases.
Which Supreme Court Justice was known as the "little man's lawyer"?

 

 

Extended thinking: How did his work contribute to the Civil Rights movement?

 

12. What was Constance Baker Motley's greatest accomplishment?

 

 

13. Ray Charles overcame many challenges in his life.
Which do you think was his greatest challenge? Why?

 

 

14. Susie Baker King Taylor contributed to her community in several ways. List two.

 

 

15. Katherine Dunham was a woman of many accomplishments.
List three of them using the resources in the Library Of Congress web site.

 

 

16. At the summer Olympic Games in 1968, two black athletes made a silent protest for equality.
Who were these men?

 

Was this action appropriate?

 

17. Bessie Virginia Blount invented several devices. Describe the benefits of her work.

 

18. Savion Glover is a brilliant artist. You may remember him from his appearances on a children's TV show.
In what performance art does he excel? (Look for it online)

 

 

19. Clementine Hunter painted thousands of folk art paintings in her lifetime.

How did she earn a living?

 

 

20. File Not Found. Web sites are often redesigned. The address (url) of a web page then changes. A link to the page is broken.
The information is probably still in the site. This is a challenge to you. Begin by locating the home page of the site. To do it - Delete the address back to http://www.satchmo.net/ Tap the return key. Doing this usually takes you to the home page or start page of a web site.
Consider the links provided. It may take several link choices to find the info you are seeking. You can often locate "file not found" pages this way.

Trumpeter, Louis Armstrong, did something reckless as a kid. It changed his life.
What was it?

 

 

21. Diane Nash struggled with something as she worked for civil rights.
How did her decision contribute to success?

 

 

22. How has Bill Cosby or Oprah Winfrey contributed to shaping a better world?

 

 

23. "No African American soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II".
Thankfully, this has been corrected. Select one recipient and note his accomplishment.

 

 

24. Langston Hughes was an extraordinary poet. Listen to "Dream Deferred".

What do you believe is his dream deferred?

 

 

25. Gordon Parks, Sr. was a prolific ...

 

 

26. What happened to Ruby Bridges?

 

Use your online research skills to ascertain the answers to these questions

27. Who was the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
What conflict’s resolution earned him the award?

 

28. What was Rebecca Lee Crumpler's remarkable accomplishment?

 

 

29. Mose Wright's act took great courage. What did he do?

 

30. Name of the first woman to be laid in honor, in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

 

31. Mary Francis Berry has lead a remarkable life. She has tried many different paths. Watch the video.
What are four of the things she says makes a leader?

 

32. Frederick Jones was a prolific inventor. How did he gain the skills necessary to accomplish so much?

 

Crispus Attucks, an African American who escaped slavery in Colonial America,
was the first man to die for the cause of liberty. He was killed at the Boston Massacre.

Extend this Activity:

* Which one of these remarkable people impresses you the most? Explain

 

* Listen to Maya Angelou read her poem at the 1993 Bill Clinton Inauguration

Has her vision been realized?

 

* There are many outstanding African Americans.
Research an outstanding person from/in your community or state.

How have they contributed to your community?

Extend your efforts by creating: A Prezi presenation, a Voki , a web site or a digital video about this person.

*President Barack Obama, stated that “we have more black men in prison than we have in our colleges and universities.”
Fact check this statement. Use the table of data. Are there truly more young black men in prison than college?

 

* Consider the Emancipation Proclamations | * Mystery object challenge -problem based learning

* Government Statistics and the Media - impact on black men "Are there more black men in college or in jail?

* Let your Motto be Resistance - African American Museum or History & Culture exhibit Smithsonian

* Leaders & Students online videos | * What is the demographics of your legislature?

* Explore the connection between Phillis Wheatley and George Washington, who was a slave owner.

* What percentage of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress owned slaves?
(Need help with percentages? MathFLIX | Khan Academy)

How did that impact the Constitution of 1787?

* The Common Good - Rep. Barbara Jordan's historic speech | * Government - and the issues surrounding Diversity

* Deeper thinking: Black History Month: Has it run its course? Consider the issue and respond in an essay

Want to find out more?

Explore this outstanding Harriet Tubman site. Take the Quiz! Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.
StoryCorps: Reflecting on Democracy and Segregation The Abolishionists - American Experience
StoryCorps: Standing With Dr. King in Memphis Uncover the uncommon life of Thomas Wiggins
African American History! Eyes on the Prize - American Experience
Black History @ History.com Charles Waddell Chesnutt
The HistoryMakers.com - African American history archive US Census Black (African-American) History Month
Deford Bailey a legend lost What Black Men Think propaganda issue project
Slaves built the U.S. Capitol Routes on the Underground Railroad
Library of Congress - Civil Rights primary sources Estimating Distance on the underground railroad pt 1
Civil Rights - What are yours? Estimating Distance on the underground railroad pt 2
Elizabeth Freeman Estimating Distance on the underground railroad pt 3
Black History   Features for Black History Month - National Archives

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