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DIRECTIONS February is Black History Month, a time to honor the accomplishments of African-American heroes. Visit these Web sites to learn about some of our nation’s most influential African Americans. First, print out the crossword puzzle so you can write down your answers. (Click on the puzzle for a printable version.) Then click on the links below to find the answers to the questions.


Four black college students in Greensboro, North Carolina inspired the 1960 -in campaigns.


Louis Armstrong was a popular jazz musician who played in the 1920’s and 30’s. He played the jazz cornet and the __.

4   Matthew Henson was a famous African-American explorer. In 1909, he traveled with the Robert E. Peary expedition to discover the __ Pole.


At 23 years old, Tiger Woods became the first African-American to win the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament. Although he's known around the world as “Tiger,” his real first name is __.

5   Wilma Rudolph was born with polio, which left her with the use of only her right leg. But she overcame this challenge, and joined the __ team in college. In the 1960 Olympics she became the first American woman to win three gold medals.


In 1957, Melba Pattillo was one of nine teenagers who were the first African-American students to attend Central High School in Little Rock, _.

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7   Harriet Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground _.

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In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. He played for the _ Dodgers for ten years.

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11   In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall had been a lawyer who fought for civil rights. One of his most famous cases was Brown vs. Board of Education, which opened the door to desegregation.

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In 1992, Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, representing the state of .

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12   In 1950, Althea Gibson changed the game of __, becoming the first black woman to play in the U.S. Nationals (now the U.S. Open). Seven years later, she won the tournament. (Venus Williams would be the next black woman to win this title in 1999.)

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  10   In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat after a long day at work. This brave act sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and changed history. For her actions, Rosa Parks is often called the “ __ of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement.”

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13   In August 1963, thousands of civil-rights supporters attended a March on Washington, D.C. At this event, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the __ Memorial.

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14   Oprah Winfrey is a popular talk-show host and actress. She is also the first African-American woman to own her own television company.

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15   Ruby Bridges was the one of the first black students to attend a formerly all-white elementary school. The white parents were so upset, they kept their own children home from school. Ruby was only years old.

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