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Top 10 Black Figures from American History by Astound.

Published on 21/03/2022

Are you in search of artists for your next biography and non-fiction books? Take a look at our Astounding Artists’ illustrations featuring important African American figures and moments in history.

Karen de la Vega: Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman and first Native American to hold a pilot license.

Patrick Corrigan: Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement.

Brooke O’Niell: Elizabeth Catlett was an African American sculptor and graphic artist best known for her depictions of the Black-American experience in the 20th century, which often focused on the female experience.

Roberta Ravasio: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, born Rebecca Davis, was an American physician, nurse and author. After studying at the New England Female Medical College, in 1864 she became the first African-American woman to become a doctor of medicine in the United States.

Maria Perera: Dorothy Irene Height was an African American civil rights and women’s rights activist. She focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.

Alessandra Santelli: Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist

Kimberley Walker: Rosa Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has honored her as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.

Gabriela Delgado: Marian Anderson was an American contralto and was an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.

Alexandra Badiu: Simone Biles is considered one of the greatest and most dominant gymnasts of all time. She is the gymnast with the most World medals (25) and most World gold medals (19).

Jim Crawley: Michael Jordan is an American businessman and former professional basketball player. He was integral in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming a global cultural icon in the process.

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