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					In Honor of Black History
Famous African-Americans from
     There are many African-Americans
  throughout history that have contributed
their lives to better our lives. Many of them
          are from our very on state.
The following
 are just a
few African-
 that have
impacted the
             Bo Diddley
             • Famous Guitar Player
             • Born in McComb, MS
          • Was named Ellas Otha Bates
          • Raised by his mother’s cousin
           • Moved to Chicago at age 7
• In the 1950s created his stage name “Bo Diddley”
               Bo Diddley
• Known for his own style of music called the “Bo
  Diddley Beat”
• Has a trademark rectangle guitar called “The Twang
• Famous song “Hey Bo Diddley”
   Bo Diddley’s Achievements
• 1 of the founding fathers of Rock &
• 1987 inducted into Rock & Roll Hall
  of Fame
• 1996 received Lifetime Achievement
  Award by Rhythm & Blues Foundation
• 1998 Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement
James Earl Jones
               James Earl Jones
         • Born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla
             • Raised by his grandparents
• Pretended to be mute in school. Spoke only by writing
    • At the age of 5 his family moved to Michigan
             James Earl Jones

• Famous for his deep, distinctive
• Acted in many movies such as The
 Great White Hope, Coming to
 America and Roots II.
• Was the voice of King Mufasa in
 The Lion King
• Was the voice of Darth Vader in
 Star Wars
B.B. King
          B.B. King
        • World famous musician
• Known for being one of the greatest blues
         guitarist of the 20th century
          • “The Thrill Is Gone”
   • Nicknamed the “King of the Blues”
             B.B. King
• Born Riley B. King in 1925 in Itta Bena
• Was sent to live with his grandmother in
 Kilmichael after his mother left his father.
   • Began playing music in his church
      • Moved to Memphis in 1946
  • Nicknamed his famous guitar Lucille
Walter Payton
            Walter Payton
• Played in NFL from 1975-1987 for Chicago Bears
• Career Stats: 110 TDs, 16,726 rushing yds
• Position: halfback
• 9 time Pro-Bowler
• 2 time NFL Player of the Year
• 1985 SuperBowl XX winners-the Bears
                   Walter Payton
•   Born July 25, 1954 in Columbia, MS
•   Died November 1, 1999
•   Raised in MS and attended Jackson State University
•   Heisman Nominee
•   1st round draft, 4th pick
•   1975 finihsed 2nd on Soul Train
•   Motto: “Never die easy”
Charley Pride
      Charley Pride
• Born & raised on a farm in Sledge,
• Taught himself to play guitar at the
  age of 14.
• In the 1950s played baseball with
  Negro American League’s Memphis
  Red Sox
• Today resides in Dallas, Texas and
  works out with the Texas Rangers
       Charley Pride
• Became a famous country music singer
• “Kiss An Angel Good Morning”
• RCA Record’s 2nd all time in sales; Elvis is
• CMA Entertainer of the Year 1971
• Top Male Vocalist 1971 & 1972
• 1st African-American to join the Grand Ole
• 1999 received start on Hollywood Walk of
• 2000 inducted into Country Music Hall of
  Fame           Songs
Jerry Rice
               Jerry Rice
• Born the son of a brick layer in Crawford MS
• Learned to catch by his brother throwing him
  bricks while helping their father
• Attended MS Valley State University
• Was named All American and Ninth in
  Heisman Trophy ballots
               Jerry Rice
             • NFL Wide Receiver
       • San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle
           • 1985 Rookie of the Year
• Regular Season Record: 1549 receptions, 22,895
              receiving yds, 208 TDs
     • 13 Pro Bowls, 1995 Pro Bowl MVP
            • 1988 SuperBowl MVP
               Jerry Rice
• Recently competed in Dancing With The Stars,
  finishing in 2nd place
• Currently lives in San Francisco with his wife
  and children
Oprah Winfrey
           Oprah Winfrey
vBorn in Kosciusko, MS where she lived with her
vLearned to read aloud and perform recitations at
                     the age of 3
 vFrom ages 6-13 she lived with her mother in
                Milwaukee, Wisconsin
vAfter being molested and abused, she was sent to a
   juvenile detention home. She was turned away
                 because it was full.
vMoved with her father in Nashville at age 13.
 He made her read a book every week and do a
   vAttended Tennessee State University
   v1984 selected to host “AM Chicago”
 v1985 show’s name was changed to “Oprah
               Winfrey Show”
         Oprah Winfrey
vNominated for an Oscar & Golden Globe for
  The Color Purple
vOwns a production company- Harpo
vNamed 100 most influential people of the 20 th

 Century by Time magazine
v1 st African-American Woman to become a

            Morgan Freeman
                  Award-winning actor
          Born June 1, 1937 in Memphis, TN
 As an infant, moved to his grandmother’s in Charleston,
     Later moved to Greenville, MS & Chicago, IL
   Age 8 played lead role in school play; age 12 won
                statewide drama competition
                 1955-Joined the Airforce
             Morgan Freeman
 Moved to LA to pursue acting
 In 1970’s performed on tv’s The Electric Company
 Movies: Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank
  Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Robin Hood:
  Prince of Thieves
 Narrorated March of the Penguins
              Morgan Freeman
   Won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, nominated for
                   Oscar & Golden Globe
    2003 Received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
 Hollywood Film Fest’s Oustanding Achievement in Acting
     Currently lives in Charleston & co-ownes Madidi
      restaurant & GroundZero nightclub in Clarksdale

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