Quality Information

By now we have created the outline for your database, and you will be searching for information. It is important to find accurate information! You probably found your names at Fact Monster, and you can find other information there, too. To make sure you have good information, you should always find a second site and compare the data. If two sites agree, the information is probably correct. Remember, to be in your database, the person must be a famous African American born before 1951.

You can go to any of the good search sites, type in your famous person's name, and you will get more results than you can imagine! In your database, tell us your sources for each person.

Write carefully and accurately: capitalize and spell correctly, proof-read to make sure you have written what you wanted to write.

You can use the sites below to find biographies for the names in the list below.

Need Some Names? Here's a List:

Hank Aaron
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Ralph Abernathy
Alvin Ailey
Ira Aldridge
Archibald Alphonso Alexander
Muhammad Ali
Richard Allen
Marian Anderson
Maya Angelou
Henry Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Matthew Ashby
Arthur Ashe


James Baldwin
Ella Baker
Josephine Baker
Ernie Banks
Benjamin Banneker
Count Basie
Daisy Bates
Elgin Baylor
Harry Belafonte
Chuck Berry
Mary McLeod Bethune
Eubie Blake
Julian Bond
Arna Bontemps
Ralph Boston
Edward Bouchet
Tom Bradley
Herman Russell Branson
Carol Moseley-Braun
Lou Brock
Edward Brooke
Avery Brooks
Gwendolyn Brooks
Jim Brown
Edward Bullins
Ralph Bunche
Harry T. Burleigh

Lee Calhoun
Cab Calloway
Roy Campanella
Stokely Carmichael
Diahann Carroll
Benny Carter
George Washington Carver
Ray Charles
Charles W. Chesnutt
Shirley Chisholm
Kenneth B. Clark
Eldridge Cleaver
George Clinton
Alice Coachman
Nat "King" Cole
Rebecca Cole
John Coltrane
John Conyers
Bill Cosby
Scatman Crothers
Paul Cuffe

Dorothy Dandridge
Angela Davis
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
Ernie Davis
Miles Davis
Ossie Davis
Sammy Davis Jr.
William L. Dawson
Ruby Dee
Anita DeFrantz
Martin Robinson Delany
Robert Nathaniel Dett
Gail Devers
Eric Dickerson
Bo Diddley
Harrison Dillard
David Dinkins
Father Divine
Antoine "Fats" Domino
Thomas A. Dorsey
Frederick Douglass
Charles Richard Drew
W. E. B. Du Bois
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Katherine Dunham

Marian Wright Edelman
Duke Ellington
Ralph Ellison
Julius "Dr. J" Erving
Lee Evans
Medgar Evers

James Farmer
Louis Farrakhan
Ella Fitzgerald
Curt Flood
Redd Foxx
Aretha Franklin
John Hope Franklin
Joe Frazier
John Freeman
Morgan Freeman

Clarence "Big House" Gaines
Henry Highland Garnet
Marcus Garvey
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Marvin Gaye
Althea Gibson
Bob Gibson
Josh Gibson
Dizzy Gillespie
Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni
Berry Gordy, Jr.
Louis Gossett, Jr.
Joe Greene
Pam Grier
Archibald H. Grimke

Alex Haley
Lionel Hampton
Herbie Hancock
William Christopher Handy
Barbara C. Harris
William H. Hastie
Richard Gordon Hatcher
Elvin Hayes
Roland Hayes
Matthew Henson
Leon A. Higginbotham, Jr.
Billie Holiday
Evander Holyfield
John Lee Hooker
Lena Horne
Langston Hughes
Zora Neale Hurston

Samuel Elmer Imes
Roy Innis

Jesse Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Maynard Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Thomas L. Jennings
Jack Johnson
James Weldon Johnson
Rafer Johnson
Robert L. Johnson
Deacon Jones
Frederick McKinley Jones
James Earl Jones
Lois Mailou Jones
Quincy Jones
Scott Joplin
Barbara Jordan
Percy Julian
Maulana Karenga
B.B. King
Coretta Scott King
Martin Luther King Jr.
Anna Kingsley
Eartha Kitt

John Mercer Langston
Nella Larsen
Lewis Howard Latimer
Huddie Ledbetter
Buck Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard
Carl Lewis
Reginald Lewis
Sonny Liston
Earl Lloyd
Alain Locke
Greenbury Logan
Joe Louis

Karl Malone
Moses Malone
Wynton Marsalis
Thurgood Marshall
Willie Mays
Bob McAdoo
Henry Cecil Ransom McBay
Willie McCovey
Elijah J. McCoy
Hattie McDaniel
Floyd McKissick
James Meredith
Charles Mingus
Arthur Mitchell
Thelonious Monk
Garrett Augustus Morgan
Irene Morgan
Toni Morrison
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton
Edwin Moses
Elijah Muhammad
Calvin Murphy

Huey Newton
Fayard Nicholas
Jessye Norman
Eleanor Holmes Norton

Jesse Owens

Satchel Paige
Charlie "Bird" Parker
Gordon Parks
Rosa Parks
Floyd Patterson
Calvin Peete
Ann Petry
Horace Pippin
Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Homer Plessy
Sidney Poitier
Fritz Pollard
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Colin Powell
Leontyne Price
Gabriel Prosser

Maurice F. Rabb, Jr.
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey
Joseph Rainey
A. Philip Randolph
Virginia Randolph
Charles Rangel
Otis Redding
Hiram R. Revels
Butch Reynolds
Oscar Robertson
Paul Robeson
Frank Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Smokey Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson
Diana Ross
Carl Rowan
Wilma Rudolph
Bayard Rustin

Augusta Christine Fells Savage
Gale Sayers
Dred Scott
Fred Shuttlesworth
Charlie Sifford
Robert Smalls
Bessie Smith
Joel Elias Spingarn
Leon Spinks
Willie Stargell
C. K. (Charles Kenzie) Steele
William Grant Still
Carl B. Stokes
Moorfield Storey
Howard Swanson

Henry Tanner
Lawrence Taylor
Mary Eliza Church Terrell
Frank Thomas
John Thompson
Wallace Thurman
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Tubman
Charles Henry Turner
Tina Turner
Nat Turner
Cicely Tyson
Wyomia Tyus

Gene Upshaw

Sarah Vaughan
Denmark Vesey

Alice Walker
Herschel Walker
Sarah "Madame C J Walker" Walker
Thomas "Fats" Waller
Charlie Ward
Booker T. Washington
Dinah Washington
Muddy Waters
Faye Wattleton
J. C. Watts
Carl Weathers
Robert C. Weaver
Junior Wells
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Phyllis Wheatley
Walter White
John Edgar Wideman
Roy Wilkins
Daniel Hale Williams
George Washington Williams
Fred Williamson
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
August Wilson
Cassandra Wilson
Flip Wilson
Howlin' Wolf
Stevie Wonder
Carter G. Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson
Alfre Woodard
Richard Wright

Malcolm X

Andrew Young
Lester Young
Roger Arliner Young
Whitney M. Young, Jr.

James Van Der Zee