Famous African Americans

Alisa Laikhram

Gabby Douglas

*A gymnast who became the first African American to win the gymnastics all-around gold medal and the team competitions at the 2012 Olympics.

*Born on December 31 1995,Virginia Beach.

*Her full name is Gabrielle Christina Victoria.

*She was a member of the U.S Womans Gymnastics team.

*She was raised by her parents Thimothy Douglas and Nataile Hawkins with 2 siblings and a old sister named Arielle.

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Why is Gabby Douglas important? What did she do?

She is important because she is BEST KNOWN as the First African American to win the individual all-around event.She was also won a team gold medal for the U.S at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Also,She recalled a specific example of racism. “One of my teammates was like, ‘Could you scrape the bar?’” she remembered. “And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?

Carter G. Woodson

*Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia.

*One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard, Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution.

*After attending Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson worked for the U.S. government as an education superintendent in the Philippines and undertook more travels before returning to the U.S. Woodson then earned his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Chicago.

*In 1915, Carter G. Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (which later became the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History), which had the goal of placing African-American historical contributions front and center.

*Woodson also formed the African-American-owned Associated Publishers Press in 1921 and would go on to write more than a dozen books over the years, including A Century of Negro Migration (1918), The History of the Negro Church (1921), The Negro in Our History (1922) and Mis-Education of the Negro (1933).

Was he educated? How is he important?

Woodson lobbied schools and organizations to participate in a special program to encourage the study of African-American history, which began in February 1926 with Negro History Week. The program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month.Also,To help teachers with African-American studies, Woodson later created the Negro History Bulletin in 1937 and also penned literature for elementary and secondary school students.Woodson died on April 3, 1950, a respected and honored figure who received accolades for his vision. His legacy continues on, with Black History Month being a national cultural force recognized by a variety of media formats, organizations and educational institutions.