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At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality

Black History Month

The year 2013 marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A century later on August 27, 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans, marched to the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, in pursuit of the ideal of equality of citizenship. Answers to the puzzle include names, places, and historical events.

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3.The civil rights leader who is the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.
6.In 2005, she is appointed Secretary of State, becoming the first African-American woman, second African-American (after Powell), and second woman (after Madeleine Albright) to serve as Secretary of State.
7.One of the most celebrated and effective leaders of the Underground Railroad, often referred to as "Moses".
9.In 2004, she wins a Tony Award for her role in "Raisin in the Sun"- the first time an African American woman wins for a dramatic leading role on Broadway.
13.Trained in Alabama between 1941 and 1946 and named for the distinct red painting on their planes, these pilots are featured in a 2012 film "Red Tails" produced by George Lucas. (Hint: 2 Words)
20.The first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize.
25.In 1967, formerly an NAACP attorney, is appointed to the Supreme Court becoming the first black justice.
27.He is appointed director of agricultural research at Tuskegee Institute. His innovations with peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, helped to revolutionize agriculture in the South. He received the NAACP Spingarn Medal in 1923. (Hint: 3 Words)
28.The slave and preacher who leads a short and bloody slave revolt in 1831, Southampton County, Virginia.
30.A successful African-American entrepreneur who started Black Enterprise magazine.
31.In 2009, this top-ranked female tennis playerbroke the record for single year earnings on the WTA Tour, making more than $6.5 million in winnings.
32.On February 3, 2009, this attorney becomes the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, making him the first African-American to hold the position.
33.She was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in "Gone with the Wind".
34.He won an Academy Award in 1989 for his supporting role in the civil war film "Glory" about the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, the first official African-American unit.
35.Organizes the first Pan-African Congress in Paris, France. He is elected executive secretary of the organization, and upon his return writes about the treatment of African-American soldiers for The Crisis. (Hint: Last name only).
36.A former slave, abolitionist, conductor on the Underground Railroad, and a preacher and advocate of women's rights. The NASA Mars Pathfinder was named after her.
1.The March on Washington in 1963 originated from this African American labor movement. (Hint: 5 Words)
2.In 1937, he defeated James J. Braddock to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
4.The name given the nine African-American students who were prevented from attending Little Rock Central High School in 1957. (Hint: 3 Words)
5.In 1870, becomes the first African American to be elected to the U.S. senate
8.This 23 year old becomes the first African-American director and the youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award for best direction for his film, "Boyz N the Hood".
10.This general is appointed the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, becoming the first African-American to achieve the highest military ranking in the U.S. Armed Forces.
11.The singer, songwriter and entertainer commonly referred to as 'The Godfather of Soul'.
12.He studied the teachings of Ghandi and Henry David Thoreau prior to writing "Letter from Birmingham Jail" which argues that individuals have the moral duty to disobey unjust laws. (Hint: Name only)
14.She is the second African-American female to win an Academy Award and the only African-American to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony and is best known for her character in "Ghost".
15.He becomes the first African-American football coach to win the Super Bowl when his team, the Indianapolis Colts, defeats the Chicago Bears.
16.1922 - 1929 are the years usually assigned to what is also known as the New Negro Movement in the African-American community in New York's Harlem district.
17.In 1947, he became the first black to play major league baseball.
18.In 1991, he is appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
19.This escaped slave launches an abolitionist newspaper, The North Star, and was the first African-American to receive a nomination for Vice-President of the United States in 1872.
21.This NASA astronaut becomes the first African-American to walk in space (1995).
22.In 1995, was the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.
23.This 1964 document prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal. (Hint: 3 Words)
24., In 2009, he becomes the first African-American musician to win the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year Award. He was previously the frontman for 90s pop-rock group, Hootie & the Blowfish.
26.As an astronaut on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, she becomes the first African-American woman to orbit space.
29.A seamstress and NAACP secretary, who refuses to give up her seat to a white patron on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

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