In Honor of Black History Month...…. Famous African- Americans from Mississippi

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In Honor of Black History Month... Slide 2 Famous African- Americans from Mississippi Slide 3 There are many African- Americans throughout history that have contributed their lives to better our lives. Many of them are from our very on state. Slide 4 The following are just a few African- Americans from Mississippi that have impacted the world Slide 5 Bo Diddley Slide 6 Famous Guitar Player Born in McComb, MS Was named Ellas Otha Bates Raised by his mothers cousin Moved to Chicago at age 7 In the 1950s created his stage name Bo Diddley Slide 7 Bo Diddley Known for his own style of music called the Bo Diddley Beat Has a trademark rectangle guitar called The Twang Machine Famous song Hey Bo Diddley ongs&jpp=25 Slide 8 Bo Diddleys Achievements 1 of the founding fathers of Rock & Roll 1987 inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1996 received Lifetime Achievement Award by Rhythm & Blues Foundation 1998 Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award Slide 9 James Earl Jones Slide 10 Born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla Raised by his grandparents Pretended to be mute in school. Spoke only by writing At the age of 5 his family moved to Michigan Slide 11 James Earl Jones Famous for his deep, distinctive voice Acted in many movies such as The Great White Hope, Coming to America and Roots II. Was the voice of King Mufasa in The Lion King Was the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars Slide 12 B.B. King Slide 13 World famous musician Known for being one of the greatest blues guitarist of the 20 th century The Thrill Is Gone Nicknamed the King of the Blues songs Slide 14 B.B. King Born Riley B. King in 1925 in Itta Bena Was sent to live with his grandmother in Kilmichael after his mother left his father. Began playing music in his church Moved to Memphis in 1946 Nicknamed his famous guitar Lucille Slide 15 Walter Payton Slide 16 Played in NFL from 1975-1987 for Chicago Bears Career Stats: 110 TDs, 16,726 rushing yds Position: halfback 9 time Pro-Bowler 2 time NFL Player of the Year 1985 SuperBowl XX winners-the Bears Slide 17 Walter Payton Born July 25, 1954 in Columbia, MS Died November 1, 1999 Raised in MS and attended Jackson State University Heisman Nominee 1 st round draft, 4 th pick 1975 finihsed 2 nd on Soul Train Motto: Never die easy Slide 18 Charley Pride Slide 19 Charley Pride Born & raised on a farm in Sledge, MS Taught himself to play guitar at the age of 14. In the 1950s played baseball with Negro American Leagues Memphis Red Sox Today resides in Dallas, Texas and works out with the Texas Rangers Slide 20 Charley Pride Became a famous country music singer Kiss An Angel Good Morning RCA Records 2 nd all time in sales; Elvis is 1 st CMA Entertainer of the Year 1971 Top Male Vocalist 1971 & 1972 1 st African-American to join the Grand Ole Opry 1999 received start on Hollywood Walk of Fame 2000 inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame Songs Songs Slide 21 Jerry Rice Slide 22 Born the son of a brick layer in Crawford MS Learned to catch by his brother throwing him bricks while helping their father Attended MS Valley State University Was named All American and Ninth in Heisman Trophy ballots Slide 23 Jerry Rice NFL Wide Receiver San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 1985 Rookie of the Year Regular Season Record: 1549 receptions, 22,895 receiving yds, 208 TDs 13 Pro Bowls, 1995 Pro Bowl MVP 1988 SuperBowl MVP Slide 24 Jerry Rice Recently competed in Dancing With The Stars, finishing in 2 nd place Currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and children Slide 25 Oprah Winfrey O Slide 26 Born in Kosciusko, MS where she lived with her grandmother Learned to read aloud and perform recitations at the age of 3 From ages 6-13 she lived with her mother in Milwaukee, Wisconsin After being molested and abused, she was sent to a juvenile detention home. She was turned away because it was full. Slide 27 Oprah Winfrey Moved with her father in Nashville at age 13. He made her read a book every week and do a report. Attended Tennessee State University 1984 selected to host AM Chicago 1985 shows name was changed to Oprah Winfrey Show Slide 28 Oprah Nominated for an Oscar & Golden Globe for The Color Purple Owns a production company- Harpo Named 100 most influential people of the 20 th Century by Time magazine 1 st African-American Woman to become a billionaire Slide 29 Morga n Freem an Slide 30 Award-winning actor Born June 1, 1937 in Memphis, TN As an infant, moved to his grandmothers in Charleston, MS Later moved to Greenville, MS & Chicago, IL Age 8 played lead role in school play; age 12 won statewide drama competition 1955-Joined the Airforce Slide 31 Morgan Freeman Moved to LA to pursue acting In 1970s performed on tvs The Electric Company Movies: Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Narrorated March of the Penguins Slide 32 Morgan Freeman Won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, nominated for Oscar & Golden Globe 2003 Received a star on Hollywoods Walk of Fame Hollywood Film Fests Oustanding Achievement in Acting Currently lives in Charleston & co- ownes Madidi restaurant & GroundZero nightclub in Clarksdale