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By Otha Richard Sullivan

Meet the black Achievers who attained the yank Dream-from the early years to trendy times"This superb ebook can be required analyzing for teenagers, who will find out how the various nation's such a lot winning Black women and men grew to become function models."-Joyce Ladner, Ph.D.Robert Sengstacke AbbottTyra BanksMatel "Mat" Dawson Jr.Joe L. Dudley Sr.Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsS. B. FullerArthur George GastonEarl G. GravesEarvin "Magic" JohnsonJohn H. JohnsonRobert L. JohnsonQuincy JonesShelton "Spike" Jackson LeeWilliam Alexander LeidesdorffAbraham Lincoln LewisReginald Francis LewisAnnie Turnbo MaloneBridget "Biddy" MasonAnthony OvertonMary Ellen PleasantRussell SimmonsMadame C. J. WalkerOprah Gail WinfreyEldrick "Tiger" WoodsCrispus Attucks Wright

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Mason lived at 331 Spring Street from 1866 to 1891. She told her children to keep the land in the family; owning property was a way to maintain their freedom and independence. Mason soon realized that the land was quite valuable. She sold a portion of it in 1884 for $1,500. A commercial building with rental spaces was constructed on the remainder of the property. 4 million today. Biddy Mason gave to many charities in the Los Angeles area because she felt blessed and wanted to share her good fortune with others.

Pun- ishment for such a “crime” could lead to imprisonment, beatings, or death. Slave owners knew that if slaves knew how to read, they would be more difficult to control. They understood the power of reading and realized that individuals who read can liberate themselves. ✦ MARY ELLEN PLEASANT ✦ 17 In 1841, Mary Pleasant’s period of service with her Quaker guardian ended. She moved to Boston and became a paid tailor’s assistant and church soloist. She found more than work in Boston; she also found a husband, James W.

26 ✦ THE CIVIL WAR YEARS AND RECONSTRUCTION ✦ ANTHONY OVERTON (1864–1946) ✦ A pioneer in black cosmetics and skincare products, Anthony Overton was born a slave in 1864 in Monroe, Louisiana. After the Civil War, young Anthony and his family left the South, like other African Americans of their time, hoping to find a better life farther north. They moved to Kansas, where he attended public schools. There Anthony had a chance that his parents never did—to go to school and learn to read and write.

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