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Ranked 43rd in Comdey Central's list of 100 greatest comedians
Studied at the Juilliard School of Music
Sang backing vocals for Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Gary Glitter, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Donna Summer, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, and David Bowie.
After visiting Africa, he swore to never use the N-word in his stand-up comedy routine again.
In January 1972, Time magazine named him 'TV's first black superstar'.
Joined the inaugural Lollopalooza tour in 1991.
In 2000, they were given the chance to record a new album with several special guests, including Gwen Stefani, George Clinton, Rick James, H.R. of Bad Brains, Donny Osmond.
Led the Capitol Hill drive to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday.
First African-American elected to the Texas Senate after reconstruction and the first Southern black woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
The first major-party black candidate for President of the United States
His work would lay the foundation for the steroid drug industry's production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills.
Archbishop of Atlanta
Served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer from 1983 to 1985, before becoming the first African-American to travel to space.
Second African-American woman to travel into space.
Born in Chicago, graduate of Whitney Young HS, she became the third African-American woman to travel into space.
Despite his youth and lack of experience he began choreographing, directing scene and costume designs, and running rehearsals at the age of 22.
Co-creator, director and choreographer of the musical Fela!, receiving a Tony award for best choreography.
Her granddaughter, Naima Mora, was the Cycle 4 winner of the America's Next Top Model television show.
During his career as a writer, he worked to a strict timetable, writing in the morning, devoting the rest of the day to heroin.
Protested and refused to give up her seat, 71 years before Rosa Parks.
Author, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1792.
First African American woman in the world to earn an aviation pilot's license, she was thrown from a plane at 500 feet and died instantly when she hit the ground.
Inventor orginated a respiratory protective hood; holds a patent for a type of traffic signal; invented a hair straigtening preparation.
Born Sarah Breedlove, she was an African-American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Became the third woman and the 309th person to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.
Prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
On May 8, 2009, ___________ and 21 others were arrested while protesting President Barack Obama's commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame.
Allegations of conflict of interest and voter disenfranchisement led to the filing of at least sixteen related lawsuits naming ____________ .
Civil rights activist and lawyer.
Former US Secretary of State
Died after two strokes, putatively after reading a mistaken, and negative, obituary of himself in the Chicago Defender which stated he died 'broke, alone and unpopular'.
1998, Time named his autobiography as one of the ten most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.
US Ambassador to the United Nations
He spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization
On tap to plan Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's inauguration.
Her father is professor emeritus in Pathology and Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical School.
In 1996, she served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the University's Community Service Center
After graduating college, he was director of the Developing Communities Project, in the greater Roseland area on Chicago's South Side.
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