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Black History 102

DIRECTIONS: Read each clue. Each clue tells about a famous black American on the list below. Use the list to connect to a short biography of each person. On the line next to each clue, write the name of the person that the clue tells about.

  1. _____________________ This lay preacher led a Virginia slave revolt in 1831.

  2. _____________________ This person, who was one of 13 children, died in an airplane crash.

  3. _____________________ This person, who was a famous writer of piano music, was known as the "king of ragtime."

  4. _____________________ When first out of college, this person worked as a TV news reporter.

  5. _____________________ This person, a well-known trumpet player, was known by the nickname "Satchmo."

  6. _____________________ This person attended the University of California on a tennis scholarship.

  7. _____________________ This person was a teacher in Mississippi before she became a well-known journalist.

  8. _____________________ This person was appointed by President George Washington to help survey the land that would become Washington, D.C.

  9. _____________________ This person was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.

  10. _____________________ This person wrote proudly of black people in books, poems, and plays.

Arthur Ashe
Scott Joplin
Langston Hughes
Joe Louis
Ida Wells-Barnett
Benjamin Banneker
Nat Turner
Bessie Coleman
Oprah Winfrey
Louis Armstrong

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