Slide 1: We present to you the people, art, sounds and photos that help us celebrate: Black History Month Barack H. Obama: Barack H. Obama The 44th President of the United States elected on November 4, 2008 and sworn in on January 20, 2009. He is the first president of African American ancestry and the first president born in Hawaii. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" . Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey Producer, television host, actress, author, self-made billionaire philanthropist; born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She has impacted nearly every aspect of the entertainment world while engaging, inspiring and enriching the lives of millions. Bill T. Jones: Bill T. Jones A multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, writer who received major honors such as Tony Awards for his choreography on Broadway, American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Kennedy Center Honor . Slide 5: An American comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, political activist, Oscar Winner and talk show host. She made her film debut in The Color Purple Whoopi Goldberg Dancer/Actor Gregory Hines: Dancer/Actor Gregory Hines Gregory Hines was a well known dancer and actor from the 80’s. His most notable role was in the movie “Running Scared” with Billy Crystal. Condoleezza Rice: Condoleezza Rice Dr. Condoleezza Rice became Secretary of State on January 26, 2005. Prior to this, she was the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, since January 2001 Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson An American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. Referred to as the King of Pop, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades BlackPanthers First Black Activist Group: BlackPanthers First Black Activist Group Performer Dianne Carroll: Performer Dianne Carroll Dianne Carroll is a dancer and actress best known for her role in Dynasty, an evening drama dated back to the 80’s and an early 70’s movie called “Geraldine.” First Black Fighter Squadron: First Black Fighter Squadron Eddie Murphy & Richard Pryor: Eddie Murphy & Richard Pryor Actor James Earl Jones: Actor James Earl Jones James Earl Jones has starred in many dramatic films such as “The Hunt for Red October” and ‘Clear and Present Danger” Mr. Jones also does the voice over for CNN News Network and Mustafa in “The Lion King” Performer Sammy Davis Jr.: Performer Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. was part of original “ Rat Pack” from the late 60’s and early 70’s. He was also a well known Las Vegas performer and Broadway Tap dancer. Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin, nicknamed “The Queen of Soul” has recorded many hit albums from R&B to Gospel from which her roots are from. Her music started in the 60’s and is being recorded even today. One of her biggest R&B hits was R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Ozzie Davis/Actor: Ozzie Davis/Actor An African-American film actor, director, poet, playwright, writer, and social activist. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame in 1989. Political Activist Andrew Young: Political Activist Andrew Young Andrew Young was a very visible figure during the civil rights movements of the late 60’s He was a close friend and civil rights partner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mr. Young was standing next to Dr. King when his life was taken by an assassin. Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson: Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson Mahalia Jackson is one of few gospel singers who never left her roots. Her hymns in the 60’s and 70’s played in many a church service throughout the world. One renowned Mahalia Jackson hymn was When the Saints Go Marching In. Track and Field Athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersey: Track and Field Athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersey American athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's heptathlon as well as in the women's long jump. She won 3 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze Olympic medals, in those 4 different events. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century. Actress/Singer-Pearl Bailey: Actress/Singer-Pearl Bailey An American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello Dolly in 1968. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale . Actress/Singer Josephine Baker : Actress/Singer Josephine Baker An American-born French dancer, singer, actress and activist. Nicknamed the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and even the "Créole Goddess”. The 1 st African American female to star in a major motion picture and to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. The 1 st American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre . Performer Janet Jackson: Performer Janet Jackson An American recording artist and actress. She is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame . Reverend Jessie Jackson: Reverend Jessie Jackson An American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as shadow senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the bill to allow Blacks to Vote: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the bill to allow Blacks to Vote Maya Angelou/Poet: Maya Angelou/Poet Dr. Maya Angelou is a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Godfather of Soul James Brown: Godfather of Soul James Brown An American singer and songwriter. The Godfather of Soul started singing in gospel groups. He has been recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing. He was also called "the hardest-working man in show business". Track and Field Athlete Carl Lewis: Track and Field Athlete Carl Lewis An actor, former American track and field athlete who won 10 Olympic medals including 9 gold, and 10 World Championships medals, of which 8 were gold. Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings. Model Tyra Banks: Model Tyra Banks An American model, media personality, actress, occasional singer, and businesswoman. Banks is the creator and host of the reality television show American’s Next Top Model , co-creator of True Beauty , and host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. Activist Malcolm X: Activist Malcolm X An African-American Muslim minister, Public speaker, and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans Slide 40: Michael Jordan a former American professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats . His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."  Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. After a standout career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , where he was a member of the Tar Heels' National Championship , Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984 . He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests , earned him the nicknames " Air Jordan " and " His Airness ". "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.“ He was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation & was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 80’s & 90’s. After University of NC @ Chapel Hill , where he was a member of the Tar Heels' National Championship , he joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls He emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests , earned him the nicknames Air Jordan & His Airness. Tiger Woods: Tiger Woods An American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Formerly the World No. 1 , he is the highest-paid professional athlete in the world, having earned an estimated $ 90.5 million from winnings & endorsements in 2010 Actor Morgan Freeman: Actor Morgan Freeman Getting his start on the kids program from the 70’s “The Electric Company”, Morgan Freeman is now one of the highest paid black actors in the industry. Rock & Roller Chuck Barry: Rock & Roller Chuck Barry A guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and considered one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Tina Turner: Tina Turner An American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards and her achievements in the rock music genre have earned her the title The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll . Big Band Leader Count Basie: Big Band Leader Count Basie An American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Basie led his jazz orchestra almost continuously for nearly 50 years. Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby: Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby An American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at various clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show, I Spy . He later starred in his own series, the situation comedy The Bill Cosby Show , in 1969. Performer Ben Vereen: Performer Ben Vereen An American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen won the Best Actor Tony for Pippin and starred in TV's popular miniseries "Roots." Rocker Jimi Hendrix: Rocker Jimi Hendrix An American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court. Former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown: Former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown The U.S. Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton. He was the 1 st African American to hold this position. Jazz Artist B.B. King: Jazz Artist B.B. King B.B. King can be considered one of the founding blues guitar artists. B.B. takes his tried and true guitar everywhere he goes. He has named his guitar Lucille. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. An American, clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement . He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the U.S. and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi . Performer Ray Charles: Performer Ray Charles An American musician. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Record. Slide 54: Muhammad Ali “Float like a butterfly, Sting like a Bee” Slide 55: Denzel Washington American actor, screenwriter, director and film producer. He was Dr. Philip Chandler in the T.V. series St. Elsewhere . He has been awarded 2 Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award and 2 Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor for Glory and the Academy Award for Best Actor in the film Training Day . Performer Nat King Cole: Performer Nat King Cole An American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist and singer. He was one of the 1 st black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death. Music Artist Quincy Jones: Music Artist Quincy Jones An American musician, conductor, record producer, musical arranger, film composer, television producer and trumpeter. Producer of the album Thriller and song “We are the World.” One of the 1 st African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Performer Lena Horne: Performer Lena Horne In the 50’s and 60’s, Lena Horne was considered to be one of the most beautiful black females in the business. She could have been considered what is now dubbed a DIVA! She performed with the likes of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. Jazz Artist Louis Armstrong: Jazz Artist Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong was an American jazz trumpeter and cornet player. Best know for “What a Wonderful World.” Actor Sidney Portier: Actor Sidney Portier Sidney Portier was considered an Icon in breaking the Black actor mold. His most famous movie which was then controversial is “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Jazz Performer Miles Davis: Jazz Performer Miles Davis An American trumpeter, bandleader and composer, and considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20 th century. R&B Performer Stevie Wonder: R&B Performer Stevie Wonder An American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and activist. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records‘ at the age of 11, and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. Movie Director Spike Lee: Movie Director Spike Lee An American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company and has produced over 35 films since 1983. Lee has won an Emmy Award and was nominated for 2 Academy Awards. R&B Performer Smokie Robinson: R&B Performer Smokie Robinson Smokie Robinson started as part of the group “The Miracles” in the late 60’s from which he went solo. Mr. Robinson was also one of the founding artists to perform for the Motown Label. Former Secretary of State Collin Powell: Former Secretary of State Collin Powell A U.S. statesman, a retired U.S. Army four-star general, the U.S. Secretary of State , serving under President George W. Bush. He served as National Security Advisor, as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks “All I was trying to do was get home.” This is what Rosa Parks stated when arrested in Montgomery Alabama in 1955 for refusing to go to the back of a city bus. Greensboro, N.C. Sit-in at Woolworth's : Greensboro, N.C. Sit-in at Woolworth's Jazz Performer Sarah Vaughn: Jazz Performer Sarah Vaughn An American jazz singer, described as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century." Track and Field Athlete Jessie Owens: Track and Field Athlete Jessie Owens An American track and field athlete who specialized in the sprints and the long jump. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he achieved international fame by winning 4 gold medals. Singer Billie Holiday: Singer Billie Holiday Billie Holiday was a blues and Jazz singer from the 50’s and early 60’s. She was famous for always singing one half beat behind the music during her numbers which is a style that many have tried to duplicate since. Musician Dizzie Gillespie: Musician Dizzie Gillespie Dizzie Gillespie was a well known jazz artist famous for his balloon like jaws that inflate while blowing on his unique trumpet. Black History Month: Black History Month The preceding slides have been just a small group of black people of notoriety that have contributed to the advancement and forth bringing of blacks into society. Lets all remember the heritage months celebrated throughout the year and recognize all races and creeds for their accomplishments!