Inspiring African Americans

Black History Makers in the United States, 1750–1980

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About the Book

This installment of George L. Lee’s four fascinating books of pen and ink sketches reaches out to include many famous people from the United States. Arranged chronologically (from Lemuel Haynes, a Minuteman in the Revolutionary War, to present-day figures), more than 150 cameo biographies accompany the stunning drawings and present both major and little known accomplishments of each of the African descendants.
This is a wonderful resource for students, teachers, African American community leaders and the general reader.

About the Author(s)

The late George L. Lee was the author of several books. His works of art as well as his other published works, were originally run in a variety of newspapers.

Bibliographic Details

George L. Lee
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 144
Bibliographic Info: 151 illustrations, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1991]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6765-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Lemuel Haynes      1

James Armistead      1

Josiah Henson      2

Daniel A. Payne      3

Martin R. Delany      4

Mary Ellen Pleasant      5

Hiram R. Revels      6

Mordecai Johnson      6

James W. Healy      7

Oscar De Priest      7

Henry Mack      8

Henry Fitzbutler      9

Harry T. Burleigh      9

Sylvester Magee      10

Robert Smalls      10

Allen Allensworth      11

T. McCants Stewart      12

Josh White      12

Edward C. Berry      13

Lucy Craft Laney      14

Alexandre Dumas      14

Nathan F. Mossell      15

Pearl Prirnus      15

Junius G. Groves      16

J.L. Thomas      17

Dean Kelly Miller      18

Anthony Overton      19

Jesse Binga      20

Sim T. Webb      21

Mary McLeod Bethune      22

Benjamin Banneker      22

Armond W. Scott      23

Benjamin 0. Davis, Sr.      24

Leroy “Satchel” Paige      24

Robert L. Vann      25

William Pickens      26

John Roy Lynch      26

Channing Tobias      27

Thomas “Fats” Waller      27

Robert A. Cole      28

Eubie Blake      29

Oscar “Papa” Celestin      30

Joe “King” Oliver      31

Edward “Kid” Ory      32

Hall Johnson      33

Clarence Muse      34

Sinclair Henry Jeter      35

Charles “Lucky” Roberts      36

Buddy Johnson      36

Richard M. Jones      36

Earl B. Dickerson      37

Judge Henry Parker      38

Xernona Clayton      38

Walter White      39

Charles Henry (Jack) Blackburn      39

C.B. Powell      40

Benjamin E. Mays      41

Crystal Bird Fauset      42

Cora M. Brown      42

Hattie McDaniel      43

Rex lngram      44

Ethel Waters      45

Elijah Muhammad      46

Rayford W. Logan      47

Raymond Pace Alexander      48

Howard Thurman      49

Ferdinand Q. Morton      49

Roy Wilkins      50

Isaiah T. Montgomery      50

Amanda Randolph      51

William J. Knox      52

Gwendolyn Brooks      52

Helen Marie Guenveur      52

Allison Davis      53

Zora Neale Hurston      54

Arna Bontemps      54

W. Montague Cobb      55

Haile Selassie 1      55

Euclid Louis Taylor      56

David W. Kellum      57

S.B. Fuller      58

Roi Ottley      59

Madame Evanti      59

Ted Poston      60

E. Simms Campbell      61

Canada Lee      62

Cab Calloway      63

Robert C. Weaver      64

Augustus F. Hawkins      65

Boston Daniels      66

Louis Jordan      67

John M. Burgess      68

Avon Long      69

Hugh M. Gloster      70

Willard Motley      71

Frank Robinson      71

George N. Leighton      72

Benjamin 0. Davis, Jr.      73

Lucius H. Pitts      74

Ossie Davis      75

Ulysses Kay      76

Thelonious Monk      77

Wilson C. Riles      78

Joe Williams      79

Ella Fitzgerald      80

Edward W. Brooke      81

William T. Coleman, Jr.      82

The “Ink Spots”      83

Rachel Robinson      84

Dempsey J. Travis      85

Walter E. Washington      86

James A. “Billboard” Jackson      86

Ruby I. Bell      87

“Satchel” Paige      87

Wendell P. Dabney      87

Butterfly McQueen      87

Damon J. Keith      88

Joseph L. Howze      89

Ruby Dee      90

Charles B. Armstrong, Sr.      91

Luke C. Moore      92

Emmett J. Rice      93

Charles L. Gittens      93

Medgar Evers      94

Erroll Garner      94

Otis M. Smith      95

Andrew Hatcher      96

Miles Davis, 111      97

Clotilde Bowen      98

Carl B. Stokes      99

John Coltrane      100

Levi Jackson      101

Francis E. Rivers      101

Kenneth Spencer      101

Carra Dell Owens      101

Leroy R. Johnson      102

A. Leon Higginbotham      103

Manford Byrd, Jr.      104

Ernest N. Morial,      105

Robert G. Clark      106

Martin Luther King, Jr.      107

Shirley Chisolm      107

Thomas D. Parham, Jr.      108

Raymond St. Jacques      109

Isaac T. Gillam IV      110

Kenneth Gibson      111

Jim Tilmon      112

Godfrey Cambridge      113

Richard G. Hatcher      114

Richard Allen      114

Franklin A. Thomas      115

Clerow “Flip” Wilson      116

Johnny Mathis      117

Billy Dee Williams      118

Roland Burris      119

Maynard Jackson, Jr.      120

Richard Arrington      121

Mary F. Berry      122

Mary T. Washington      122

Walter E. Fauntroy      123

Robert Guillaume      124

Frankie “Sugar Chile” Robinson      125

Valaida Snow      125

Julian Bond      126

Lorraine Hansberry      126

Curtis Mayfield      127

George Benson      128

Karen Stevenson      129

Vincent Brooks      129

Mary E. Tiller      129

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“a useful addition to journalism and popular culture”—ARBA.