Black History Project:African-Americans who have had an international impact


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This project is to be centered on African-Americans who have had an impact in countries around the world. Therefore it cannot have a subject that has only had an impact in the USA only. No current celebrities allowed. The subject must be an American.(So Nelson Mandela does not qualify)

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What is required?

You will have your subject displayed on a mini poster. No bigger than 18’x22’(about half the size of a regular poster). Include relevant pictures & captions. Someone should be able to read your poster and have a basic understanding of your subject.

1-page essay in your own words on your subject.  DO NOT cut & paste from Wikipedia! You will receive more points if you write in your own words with grammatical errors than if you cut & paste without grammatical errors.

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Possible Topics:

Martin Luther King in India

Louis Armstrong-International Goodwill Ambassador

Founding of Liberia

WEB Dubois in Ghana

Andrew Young UN Ambassador

Colin Powell-Secretary of State

Research African American Diplomats

Harlem Hellfighters

Tuskegee Airmen(Research 1 member of the Tuskegee Airmen)

Influence of the US Civil Rights Movement in another country

George Curtis Moore-Ambassador to Sudan

Larry Leon Palmer-diplomat

Ebenezer D. Bassett-1st African-American diplomat

The influence of Gandhi on Martin Luther King

Travels of Frederick Douglas to Ireland and England (his impact & reception there)

Condoleeza Rice-expert & scholar on Russia

Condoleezza Rice-Secretary of State (one accomplishment)

Colin Powell(Secretary of State -1 accomplishment)

Colin Powell-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

10th Calvary Regiment (buffalo Soldiers) during the Spanish American War

African Americans Who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.Look at African Americans who received the award: Spanish-American War, World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War

Matthew Henson-explorer

William Shepherd-   explorer & missionary to the Congo

John L. Withers- ambassador to Albania

Johnny Young (diplomat) ambassador to 4 different countries

Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. ambassador

James Weldon Johnson- poet & US diplomat

Ralph Bunche-US diplomat & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Ronald D. Palmer- US Ambassador to Malaysia & Togo

Terrance Alphonso Todman- served as US ambassador to Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina.

Patricia Roberts Harris Secretary of HUD & Heath, Education, & Welfare. Later ambassador to Luxemburg

Elliot Skinner- American anthropologist and United States Ambassador to Republic of Upper Volta (Now Burkina Faso)

Ruth A. Davis- ambassador to Benin

Richard Fox- ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago

Joseph Monroe Segars- ambassador to Cape Verde

Harry K. Thomas present ambassador to the Philippines

Edward Joseph Perkins- US ambassador to the UN, Liberia, & South Africa (born in Louisiana)

John L. Withers, II- ambassador to Albania

Richard Allen-  founder in 1816 of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination

John Day (born: 1797), Southern Baptist missionary to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Central Africa also a founder of Liberia

Note: Some of these people are still alive. Take the initiative and contact them through a letter or email. Invite them to address the class in person or online. Great way to get bonus points!

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Frederick Douglass mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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