Ten Facts About Famous African Americans

Enjoy these facts about ten legendary people.

  1. 1

    Michael Jackson

    Jackson has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for his solo career and the other one for the Jackson Five.

  2. 2

    Jesse Owens

    Because of segregation, Owens was forced to live off-campus when he attended Ohio State University because blacks were not allowed to live in dorms.

  3. 3

    Oprah Winfrey

    In 1986, Oprah's work in The Color Purple earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

  4. 4

    Jackie Robinson

    Robinson's older brother, Mack, was a silver medalist after he finished second to Jesse Owens in the 200-meter race at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.

  5. 5

    George Washington Carver

    Although he is known for his work with peanuts, Carver also worked with Alabama clay and sweet potatoes.

  6. 6

    Nat Turner

    The 2016 film, The Birth of a Nation will be about Nat Turner and his 1831 slave rebellion. Turner will be played by Nate Parker.

  7. 7

    Bob Marley

    Before he died, his last words were "Money can't buy life."

  8. 8

    Tupac Shakar

    Shakar was an advocate for gun control. He wrote a song about it because one of his friends was accidentally killed while playing with a gun.

  9. 9

    Biggie Smalls

    His real name is Christopher George Latore Wallace.

  10. 10

    Rosa Parks

    On December 1, 2005, transit authorities left seats directly behind bus drivers empty in honor of the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' arrest.

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