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Congressional Black Caucus an organization composed of African-American members of the U.S. Congress, formed in 1971 to address legislative matters of concern to African Americans and other minority voters.
Harlem a section of northern Manhattan in New York City, mostly African American since the early 1900s and with a substantial Hispanic population, known for both its poverty and its cultural richness.
hip-hop the culture of rap music and its associated styles of dance, dress, behavior, and speech, which originated among young, inner-city African Americans in the 1970s. [1/3 definitions]
Jackie Robinson born Jack Roosevelt Robinson, U.S. professional baseball player who in 1947 became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball(b.1919--d.1972).
Jimmy McDaniel U.S. tennis player, who, in a match against Don Budge in 1940, was the first African American to play a white champion (b. 1917).
Langston Hughes African American writer; born James Langston Hughes (b.1902--d.1967).
Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton U.S. multi-sport athlete, who played with the Harlem Globetrotters prior to becoming the first African American to sign a contract to play in the National Basketball Association (1950) (b.1922--d.1990).
Paul Laurence Dunbar U.S. poet and novelist, noted for his portrayals of African American life in the South (b.1872--d.1906).
Serena Williams U.S. professional tennis player, who in 1999 became the first African American woman since Althea Gibson to win a Grand Slam tournament (b.1981).