Prominent Black People Led Way to Freedom, Success

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Byline: J. Hope Babowice

You wanted to know

Francesca Thales, 10, of Libertyville wanted to know:

Who is the most famous African-American?

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For more information

To learn more about famous African Americans, Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire suggests:

- "A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr." by David Adler

- "I Am Rosa Parks" by Rosa Parks

- "Through My Eyes" by Ruby Bridges

- "Ida B. Wells-Barnett: A Voice Against Violence" by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

- "W.E.B. DuBois" by Don Troy

On the Web

- http://216.157.9.6/civilrights/main.htm

- www.topblacks.com

Francesca Thales, 10, a fourth-grader at Libertyville's Butterfield School, asks, "Who is the most famous African- American?"

That's a tough question. There have been so many blacks who have achieved so much.

Here are a few who are important right now: Gen. Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State; Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astronaut; and Maya Angelou, a renowned poet.

Three blacks paved the way for freedom from slavery. Harriet Tubman (1821-1913) was an Underground Railroad conductor, nurse and spy for the Union army. Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) also worked for prison reform and women's suffrage. …