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Memphis Black History Month

Source includes "Notable Black Memphians" by Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Former slave who became America’s first black millionaire
Booker T. Washington and LeMoyne (Owen) College graduate who became Mayor of Washington D.C. (two words)
Harold Ford Sr. served for 22 years in this U.S. Congress body
Pastor of Sunday morning show that ran from 1966 to 1994. (two words)
Legendary Tri-State Defender editor (two words)
Kind of dance entertainer Rufus Thomas sang about
Only survivor of 1967 plane crash that killed singer Otis Redding and four members of Bar-Kays.
Pioneering jazz artist married to Louis Armstrong
Lucie Campbell was considered one of the foremost composers of this style of music
Blues and Rock 'n' Roll artist Gus Cannon's favorite instrument
Man who was known as the Ambassador of Beale Street.
Winner of 2005 Oscar for best supporting actor in “Million Dollar Baby.”
Queen of Beale Street (two words)
First elected black mayor of Memphis who won by only 142 votes — the closest race in Memphis history
Founder/ director of Park Avenue Clinic in Orange Mound
Carolyn Chism Hardy and a silent partner bought this plant in 2005 and saved 200 jobs
Known as meticulous tailor
Author of more than a dozen novels; seven on New York Times bestseller list
First black City Councilman in Memphis and longest serving pastor at a single church at Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Nickname of talented pianist who played with B.B. King and had poplar program on WDIA before dying at age 25 after game of Russian Roulette. (two words)
First native Memphian and African-American to edit Memphis magazine
First black woman to open a law firm in Memphis. (Two words)
Actor from Orange Mound who starred in Knots Landing
Profession of B.F. Booth, whose namesake park is in South Memphis
W.C. Handy’s middle name
First African-American woman elected as a judge in Tennessee
Name of motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated
Rev. Al Green’s middle name
Robert Richard “Bob” Boyd played for what Memphis baseball team before he was drafted to major leagues (two words)
First appointed black mayor of Memphis
Former basketball player and first African-American coach for Memphis State/University of Memphis
Nickname of Stax legend J. Blackfoot known for his rousing foot-stomping performance