Celebrating Black Excellence: Famous African Americans from Mississippi

Celebrating Black Excellence: Famous African Americans from Mississippi

This article pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of African Americans from Mississippi in honor of Black History Month. The focus is on the remarkable lives and legacies of a few individuals

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Slide1In Honor of BlackHistory Month... …

Slide2Famous African-Americans from Mississippi

Slide3There are many African-Americans throughout history that have contributed their lives to better our lives. Many of them are from our very on state .

Slide4The followingare just a few African- Americans from Mississippi that have impacted the world

Slide5 BoDiddley

Slide6Bo Diddley• Famous Guitar Player • Born in McComb, MS • Was named Ellas Otha Bates • Raised by his mother’s cousin • Moved to Chicago at age 7 • In the 1950s created his stage name “Bo Diddley”

Slide7Bo 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” http://music.msn.com/artist/?artist=16113316&menu=s ongs&jpp=25

Slide8Bo Diddley’sAchievements • 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 Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Slide9James Earl Jones

Slide10James Earl Jones• 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

Slide11James 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

Slide12B.B. King

Slide13B.B. King• 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

Slide14B.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

Slide15Walter Payton

Slide16Walter Payton• 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

Slide17Walter 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”

Slide18Ch a r l e y  P r i d e

Slide19Charley 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 League’s Memphis Red Sox • Today resides in Dallas, Texas and works out with the Texas Rangers

Slide20Charley Pride• Became a famous country music singer • “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” • RCA Record’s 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

Slide21Jerry Rice

Slide22Jerry Rice• 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

Slide23Jerry 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

Slide24Jerry Rice• Recently competed in  Dancing With The Stars , finishing in 2 nd place • Currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and children

Slide25Oprah WinfreyO

Slide26Oprah Winfrey 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.

Slide27Oprah 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 show’s name was changed to “Oprah Winfrey Show”

Slide28Oprah 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

Slide29Morgan Freem an

Slide30Morgan Freeman Award-winning actor  Born June 1, 1937 in Memphis, TN  As an infant, moved to his grandmother’s 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

Slide31Morgan Freeman Moved to LA to pursue acting  In 1970’s performed on tv’s  The Electric Company  Movies:  Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves  Narrorated  March of the Penguins

Slide32Morgan Freeman Won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, nominated for Oscar & Golden Globe  2003 Received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame  Hollywood Film Fest’s Oustanding Achievement in Acting  Currently lives in Charleston & co- ownes Madidi restaurant & GroundZero nightclub in Clarksdale