Arts/EntertainmentImagine a world without aesthetics. Music, poetry, literature and beauty are gifts that make the world a better place. In spite of having to learn a language not native to the African, African Americans rose to the occasion, learned the English language and made notable contributions in the arts and entertainment. They have emerged as actors and actresses, songwriters, dancers, comedians, musicians, lyricists and filmmakers.
Bessie Griffin, Alvin Haley, Dizzy Gillespie, Chubby Checker, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horn, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Sidney Poitier were pioneers in the entertainment industry. Many have enjoyed the soulful sounds of Diana Ross, James Brown, Smoky Robinson and Aretha Franklin.
It was the genius of Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records that allowed the world to experience music icons like Michael Jackson. It was Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia that gave us director extraordinaire, Spike Lee.
The African American presence has threads woven throughout the tapestry of America. From B.B. King to Baby Face, their voices have composed symphonies for the entire world to enjoy.
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Mae C. JemisonOn September 12, Mae Jemison became the first African American women to travel into space for NASA aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
Black History USA Youth Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2015 by Glenn Singleton, publisher of Black History USA, an annual Black History calendar. Mr. Singleton's vision when creating the foundation was to further develop and cultivate relationships between the youth of Greenville and the Scholarship foundation. Through this relationship, the Future Leaders Conference was formed.Learn More