Black International Hero's and Heroines

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Martin Luther King Jr

Born 15th January 1929 – Died 14th April 1968 (aged 39), he was an American Christian Minister and Activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement.

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Marcus Garvey

Born 17th August 1887 - Died 10th June 1940 (aged 52), he was a Jamaican political activist, black nationalise, publisher, journalist , entrepreseur and orator.

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Mary Seacole

Born 3rd November 1805 - Died 14th May 1881 (aged 75), Mary was a British Jamaican businesswoman who set up the British Hotel behind the lines during the Crimean War

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Rosa Parks

Born 4th February 1913 - Died 24th October 2005 (aged 92), Rosa was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott

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Malcolm X

Born 19th May 1925 - Died 21st February 1965 (aged 39), Malcolm was an African American Muslim minister, and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement

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Nelson Mandela

Born 18 July 1918 - Died 5 December 2013 (aged 95) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South African from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election

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Muhammad Ali

Born 17th January 1942 – Died 3rd June 3 2016 (aged 74) was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time

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Maya Angelou

Born 4th April 1928 – 28th May 2014 (aged 86) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

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Bob Marley

Born 6th February 1945 – Died 11 May 1981 (aged 36) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style.Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade

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Harriet Tubman

Born c. March 1822 – 10th March 1913 (aged 90-91) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

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Michael Jackson

Born 29th August 1958 – Died 25th June 2009 (aged 50) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop" he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers in the history of music

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Kobe Bryant

Born 23rd August 1978 - Died 26th January 2020 (Aged 41) was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Bryant won five NBA championships, and was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. Bryant also led the NBA in scoring twice, and ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists

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Chadwick Boseman

Born 29th November 1976 - Died 28th August 2020 (Aged 43) was an American actor. After studying directing at Howard Universitym he landed his first major role as a series regular on Persons Unknown (2010). Boseman's breakthrough performance came as baseball player Jackie Robinson in the biographical film 42 (2013). He continued to portray historical figures, starring in Get on Up(2014) as singer James Brown and Marshalll (2017) as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Boseman achieved international fame for playing superhero Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) from 2016 to 2019. He appeared in four MCU films, including a eponymous 2018 film that earned him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. His final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, is scheduled to be released posthumously

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Luther Vandross

Birth Name - Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr.

Born: 19th December 1924 in Manhattan, New York City USA - Died 1st July 2005 (Aged 54) in Edison, New Jersey, USA.

Possessing a tenor vocal range, Vandross was commonly referred to as "The Velvet Voice" in reference to his exceptional vocal talent, and was sometimes called "The Best Voice of a Generation". He was also regarded as the "Pavarotti of Pop" by many critics. In 2008, Vandross was ranked No. 54 on Rolling Stone magazine's List of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Mariah Carey stated several times in interviews that standing next to Vandross while recording their duet "Endless Love" was intimidating. By popular vote, Vandross was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall of Fame at in December 2012.

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Cicely Tyson

Born: 20th April 1951 in The Bronx,New York City USA - Died 28th January 2021 (Aged 96) in New York City, USA.

Cicely was an American actress and model. In a career which spanned more than seven decades, she became known for her portrayal of strong African-American women. Tyson received three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, one Tony Award, and honorary Academy Award, and a Peabody Award.

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Sidney Poitier

Birth Name - Sidney Poitier

Born: 20th February 1927 Miami Florida USA - Died 6th January 2022 (Aged 94) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Sidney Poitier KBE was a Bahamian and African American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first African American actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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