In 1952 when she was eight years old. Playing cowboys and Indians with
her older brothers Curtis and Bobby, Curtis accidentally shot Alice in the
eye with a BB gun. To avoid punishment, the brothers concocted a fiction
and pressured their sis
Her Early Life as a Slave
Sojourner Truth was born Isabella to her parents, James and Betsey,
Her parents were slaves to Dutch-speaking Mr. Hardenbergh.
James, or Bett, was called Bomefree, Dutch for tree because of his la
Born on a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, on September 4, 1908.
Son of a sharecropper who deserted his family when Wright was 5.
His mother became ill, and the family moved to Jackson, Mississippi with
b. March 1, 1914; Oklahoma City, OK
Lewis Alfred Ellison
Named for Ralph Waldo Emerson
Invisible Man, 1952
National Book Award 1953
New York University 1970 1979
d. April 16, 1994, pancreatic cancer, NYC
Phillis Wheatley Born in Senegal, Africa, and named after the ship that
brought her from Africa to America.
She was captured by Africans, and sold into slavery at the age of seven to
John and Susannah Wheatley of B
Civil rights activist
Womens rights activist
World renowned speaker
Producer and director
Born in 1928 in St. Louis
Lived with her mother for
James Arthur Baldwin was born in Harlem, New York City, on August 2,
He was the eldest of 9 children and grew up in poverty.
Although he never met his real father, his stepfather was a minister .
Told a French reporter in 1974, I nev
Life as a Slave
Frederick Douglass, was born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland
sometime between 1816 to 1818.
He was separated from his mother, Harriet Bailey, when he was still an
She died when Douglass was about 7.
When Douglass was about
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)
Born into slavery on southern plantation in Virginia
Received college degree and became a teacher
Atlanta Exposition speech (1895)
Need for education, economic progress more cruc
Born: February 1, 1902 in Joplin, Missouri
Born to the parents of Carrie and James Hughes
When his parents divorced he was sent to live with his grandmother: Mary
While living with his grandmother Langston wa