Famous People

Of The 1950s

Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche was born one August 7, 1904. He died on December 9, 1971. His job was being in the National Deprence Program, which was the group that helped form the United Nations, during World War two. He won the Noble Peace prize because he was a mediator between the Arabs and the Jews during a war in 1948-1949.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919.  He died on October 24, 1972 at the age of 53.  His job was being a baseball player.  Jackie was the first African-American to play in major league baseball.

Fats Domino

Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928. He is still living. His jobs were being a pianist and being a singer. Fats has retired and stays out of the spotlight. One of his famous songs is Blueberry Hill.

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was born on October 18, 1926. His jobs are being a singer and musician. He still sings. He sang You never can tell.

Little Richard

Little Richard was born on December 5, 1932. He is still living. His job was being a singer and being a song-writter. He is now retired.

Pat Boone

Pat Boone was born on June 1, 1934. He is still alive. His jobs are being a singer, song-writter, actor, motivational speaker, and a spokesperson.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935. He died on August 16, 1971. His jobs were being a singer and an actor. He was referred to as the King of Rock.

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927. His jobs were being a Civil Rights Activist, Actor, and musician. He is still alive. He is now a social activist.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913.  She died on October 24, 2005.  Her job was being a civil rights activist.  She caused the Montogormy Alabama bus boycott when she was sent to jail because she didn't give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

Ernest Green

Ernest Green was born on September 22, 1941. He was one of the Little Rock Nine, which was a group of nine black students being the first to intregrate into Little Rock Central High. He served many high level positions in the government. He along with the other Little Rock Nine and Dasiy Bates received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. (NAACP:National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.)

Jefferson Thomas

Jefferson Thomas was born on September 19, 1942. He died on September 5, 2010 at the age 67. He was part of the little rock nine. His jobs were serving in the Army during the Vitenam War, working for Mobil Oil, and was an accountant for the United States department of defense. He was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP.

Melba Patillo

Melba Patillo was born on December 7, 1941. She was part of the Little Rock Nine. She wrote "Warrors Don't Cry" and "White is a state of mind". She works at a library now.





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