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She is a Pulitzer Prizewinning, African-American novelist and famous poet. She was born on February 9th, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. The youngest daughter of sharecroppers, she grew up poor. Her mother worked as a maid to help support the familys eight children. When she was 8, she suffered a serious injury: She was shot in the right eye. Living in the racially divided South, she attended segregated schools. She graduated in 1965. After college, she worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer.

She fought for equality for all African-Americans.Her career as a writer took flight with the publication of her third novel The Color Purple in 1982, she won the Pulitzer Prize with this novel.Other novels are: In 2004, she published Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart. Two years later, in 2006, she published a collection of essays, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness, and the well-received picture book There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me. Three years later her story made it to the big screen: Steven Spielberg directed The Color Purple. In 2010 she wrote about her experiences with the group Women for Women. She married activist Melvyn Leventhal in 1967. The couple had one daughter, Rebeca Walker, before divorcing in 1976. She took part in the 1960s Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. She is important because she wrote and fought for equality for African-Americans. Anta Iglesias Iglesias BENJAMIN BANNEKERIm going to talk about Benjamin Banneker. He was a man who did a lot of things during his life.He was born on November 9, 1731 in Maryland. He was a son of an ex-slave and a son of a white woman. His father escaped from slavery. He went to a small school for a short time. He was taught to read by his grand-mother. When he was younger, he made a clock and he studied astronomy.He was an astronomer and a scientist. He really struck by that he did. He did almanac with his astronomical calculations. He published information of bees and the cycle of locust, too. He died on the 25 October 1806.He is an important person because he was one of the most intelligent people during slavery.Samuel Deus


His complete name is William Fenton Russell. He was born in Monroe, Luisiana on the 12 of February 1934. He was 2, 07 metres tall and he weighed 102kg. He is so important in the history of the USA.When he was a child, he and his family had a lot of problems with racism. But they lived normal. In petrol stations, African-American people would have to wait for a long time.

He studied at the University of San Francisco. He always liked basketball. He played in NBA, as a center with the number 6. He won a gold medal at the Olympics in Melbourne in 1956.He was a model for lots of African-American children. He shows that your dreams are so important and you have to work very hard if you want your dreams to come true. Irene Noya

DENZEL WASHINGTONDenzel Washinton was born on 28 of December 1984 in New York.He is very famous because he is an actor in Hollywood.He studied journalism at Fordham University . Denzel Washington married actress Pauletta Pearson in 1983 and they have four children. Denzel Washington is sixty-one years old. He made his film debut in the comedy A Carbon Copy.

His most famous films are Man on Fire, The Book of Eli and American Gangster, Glory and Training Day. He appeared in several notable films throughout the 1990s, including his first of four Spike Lee collaborations Mo Better Blues Malcolm X .He won one Oscar with Glory. He is a founder member of the Nelson Mandela Childrens fund. He has also supported Save Africas Children and Artists for a New South Africa. Damin Botana

JAMES BROWNHe had a lot of jobs to earn money when he was a teenager (15 years old). Later, his mother left him and he remained with his father. Without education, James went to Georgia and worked at polishing shoes and stealing pieces of cars. Still young he went to the jail. Then, when he was 20 years old, he was adopted by a family, and here was where He began singing.

James Joseph Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, United Estates of America on May 3, 1933 into extreme poverty.

In 1953 Brown went into The Starlighters. He played the drums, keyboards, organ, percussion and vocal. The group played R&B, Soul and Funk. He was a social activist too. He was an important person because he was a very famous singer. Some of his famous songs are All-Time Greatest Hits!, Live at the Apollo, In the Jungle Groove, Star Time. He died on the 25th of December 2006 at 73 years old.

Nando Couselo JIM BROWN

ChildhoodHe was born on February 17, in 1936, in Georgia. With eight years old, he went to live with his mother in New York. Staying there, he started playing football in the Manhasset High School.

His careerAs a running back, he earned national attention.In 1957 the Cleveland Browns selected Jim in the national football league. He became the standard for all NFL running backs.In the start of the 1966 season, he annouced his retirement.At 30 years old, he left the game and he started a movie career. He appeared in more than 30 films.

Assistance to civil rightsHe also helped to create the Negro Industrial Economic Union in 1960.In 1980 he started the Amer-I-Can program, to turn the lives around of young gang members.

Lucas PazToni Morrison

Toni Morrison is a famous writer who won the Nobel Price in Literature in 1993.She wrote her first novel,The Bluest Eye in 1970 and it told the story of a young African-American who believes her life would better if she had blue eyes.

About her life ...She was born in Lorian, Ohio on February,18 in 1931. In the school Toni Morrison was an intelligent child and, in 1949 she graduated from Lorian High School and the same year she started school at Harvard University. She was a professor at university and she wrote a lot of novels.They are known for the vivid dialogues and for the richly detailed black characters.

Now ...Now Toni Morrison, at 84 years old, continues writing novels and the last novel that she published was Home in 2012 and it told an American History.

My opinionI think that the world wouldnt be the same if people like Martin Luther King, Toni Morrison or Morgan Freeman werent here.

Yago Rey


Ever think of being a very important person in history and humanity? Ever think of being an important person in the nation of Islam? Malcolm X was a famous person because he was an African-American leader and an important figure in the Nation of Islam. He was a civil rights activist. He was a prominent black nationalist and was also a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. But shortly before being killed, he split the group. I choose this person because he defended the rights of African-American people.Malcolm X was born on 19th, May, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska. Also, he was the son of E.L. a preacher who was also an active member of the local chapter Universal Negro Improvement Association.

When he was four years a group of racist people threatened his father (at gunpoint) who had to leave home and move to Michigan. The racist group called themselves Ku Klux Klan. However, in 1929, once in Michigan they received more threats. A racist woman set fire to the home of the Littles, then the family went to the emergency services, but they refused to help. Two years later, in 1939, things got much worse. The father was killed, and the mother, in 1937, was hospitalized due to the shock, then Malcolm was alone and had to live with his friends.

Malcolm X was famous because he was an African-American leader and an important figure in the Nation of Islam. He was a civil rights activist.On February, 21, 1965, he was shot by three men when he was delivering a speech in New York. He was 39 years old.


MARTIN LUTHER KINGHe was a baptist minister and a social activist. And also he was a leader of civil rights movement. He was born in the 15 of January in 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. Through his activism he played important role in ending speech was I Have a Dream.His fathers name was Michael King and his mothers name was Alberta Williams King. Martin also had an older sister and a younger brother.

Martin Luther King received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. In the spring of 1963, Martin Luther King organized a demonstration in Alabama. He made his famous speech, I Have a Dream on August 28, 1963. And more than 200.000 people watched his speech.He was assassinated in 1968. Ray assassinated Martin Luther King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He died in prison on April 23, 1998.


Maya Angelou was born on April,4 in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri.Angelou was an African-American woman and she fought for civil rights. She experienced racial prejudices and discrimination in Arkansas.During a visit with her mother she was raped by her mothers boyfriend.Then, as vengeance for sexual assault, Angelous uncle killed the boyfriend, therefore Maya began to fight for civil rights.Angelou died on May 28 in 2014.

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NINA SIMONEDid you never think that through songs injustices could be denounced? Nina Simone did it.Nina was born on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. She played the piano and sang at 4 years old. When she finished high school she obtained a scholarship to study piano. She had piano classes but she left it because she didnt have any money.

When she wanted to enter a University to continue studying, she couldnt because she was an African-American. And years later, she denounced them. After some time she started to sing in bars, songs fo