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Crispus Attucks was the first American to die in cause of independence He was born a slave in 1725 in Massachusetts He was an expert livestock trader On March 5 1770 he left dinner after hearing strange fire bells He then gathered an angry mob and went to where a British soldier was staying The soldier shot into the crowd killing Attucks and injuring other civilians Thousands attended his funeral Madam C J Walker was the first American woman to earn 1 million dollars On December 23 1867 she was born into a racist society She grew up working in the laundry mats trying to invent a hair product for regrowth A black man told the ingredients in a dream she had one night She set up her own business and sold her products worldwide In 1919 she died of kidney failure Her business is still running todayMatthew Henson was one of the first two people to reach the North Pole He was born in Maryland 1866 He had many jobs by age 14 in Baltimore He worked on a ship at age 19 he sailed around by China Then he met another captain They made trips up north to reach the pole and met many disasters He reached the pole in 1909 and he died in 1955Marian Anderson was born February 17 1902 in South Philadelphia Pennsylvania At age 6 she joined her churchs junior choir From high school on she sung at churches clubs and organizations She had won a contest in New York a few years later She traveled to Europe to help herself with her opera pronouncing She was very famous in Europe She had performed in the White House for President Roosevelt She set up funds for young musicians with her money from contests She was a very good singer until 1993 when she diedRomare Bearden is the most celebrated black American artist of the 20th century He was
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