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Black History 103

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 person invented a machine, called a "lasting machine," that stitched the leather of a shoe to its sole.

  2. _____________________ This person served three years in reform school for attempted burglary before writing many famous rock-and-roll songs.

  3. _____________________ This person sang in church choirs while growing up as the granddaughter of two Methodist ministers.

  4. _____________________ This person worked at a childcare center before becoming a well-known political figure.

  5. _____________________ A Nation of Islam minister at one time, he was assassinated while giving a speech in 1965.

  6. _____________________ This person's given first and middle names at birth were "Edward Kennedy."

  7. _____________________ This person was the first black congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South.

  8. _____________________ A Harvard graduate, this person played a role in starting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

  9. _____________________ This person helped register black voters in Mississippi and led boycotts there of firms that practiced racial discrimination.

  10. _____________________ This person was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in making an Arab-Israeli peace in 1949.

Ralph Bunche
Duke Ellington
Barbara Jordan
Shirley Chisholm
Leontyne Price
Malcolm X
W.E.B. DuBois
Chuck Berry
Jan Matzeliger
Medgar Evers

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