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Black Heroes and Leaders
Revolutionary War Period
Pre-Civil War
Civil War and after
Twentieth Century


Garrett Morgan: Inventor of the predecessor of the gas mask, the traffic signal, and other inventions.

Jackie Robinson: Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he broke the color barrier in major league baseball.

Benjamin O. Davis: Commander of the Tuskegee Airmen, who proved the capabilities of Black pilots and crewmen in WWII.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Most famous civil rights leader of the 1960's. Practiced and preached peaceful resistance.


Rosa Parks: the seamstress who refused to go to the back of the bus, starting a nationwide civil rights movement.