One more river to cross

One More River to Cross
Crispus Attucks
Crispus Attucks was the first American to die in cause of independence. He was born a slave in 1725, in Massachusetts. He was an expert livestock trader. On March 5, 1770, he left dinner after hearing strange fire bells. He then gathered an angry mob and went to where a British soldier was staying. The soldier shot into the crowd killing Attucks and injuring other civilians. Thousands attended his funeral.
Madam C. J. Walker
Madam C. J. Walker was the first American woman to earn 1 million dollars. On December 23, 1867, she was born into a racist society. She grew up working in the laundry mats, trying to invent a hair product for regrowth. A black man told the ingredients in a dream she had one night. She set up her own business and sold her products worldwide. In 1919, she died of kidney failure. Her business is still running today.
Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson was one of the first two people to reach the North Pole. He was born in Maryland, 1866. He had many jobs by age 14 in Baltimore. He worked on a ship at age 19; he sailed around by China. Then he met another captain. They made trips up north to reach the pole and met many disasters. He reached the pole in 1909 and he died in 1955.
Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson was born February 17, 1902, in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At age 6, she joined her church’s junior choir. From high school on she sung at churches, clubs, and organizations. She had won a contest in New York a few years later. She traveled to Europe to help herself with her opera pronouncing. She was very famous in Europe. She had performed in the White House for President Roosevelt. She set up funds for young musicians with her money from contests. She was a very good singer until 1993, when she died.
Dr. Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden is the most celebrated black American artist of the 20th century. He was born on September 2, 1912, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He became the organist at his church at a young age. After high school, he went to Boston University to study medicine. He was an excellent pitcher. After a year he transferred to New York University. He drew political comics for newspapers. He graduated in 1935 with a math degree. He had liked art very much. In 1936 he went to the Manhattan Art School for one and a half years. He traveled to Paris in 1949 to continue his art career. He opened shows and museums to show all his work. He was a success all over the world. He died in 1988 of bone cancer.
Frannie Lou Hamer
Frannie Lou Hamer reached national fame by her courage and determination against discrimination. She was born in 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. At age 6 after surviving polio she started working in the fields. She was a married sharecropper at age 27. She worked as a maid. When she registered to vote her owner kicked her out. She became a major leader of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). In 1970, Ruleville had “Frannie Lou Hamer Day” for her accomplishments. She died of cancer on March 15, 1977.
Eddie Robinson
In 1986, Eddie Robinson became the most “winningest” football coach. He was born on February 12, 1919, in Jackson, Louisiana. As a child he had worked on his farm. In high school he played many sports. For his football skills he got a scholarship to Leland College. He graduated in 1941. By age 22 he was a football coach at Grambling College. By 1949, he sent over 200 players to the NFL. In 1968 he started to travel around the U.S. with his team making money. He traveled to Japan and all over the world. In his 55 years at Grambling he has broken many records.
Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm was very important during the civil rights movement. She started “Ms.” because she thought people shouldn’t be judged by if they are married or not. She was born 1924, in Brooklyn, New York. She got good grades in high school; she graduated in 1942 then majored in sociology at Brooklyn College. She took night classes while she