AFRICAN AMERICAN ICONS
The War Years: 1940s
J. Ernest Wilkins
This mathematician was one of six African Americans who worked on the first atomic bomb.
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A Black Cabinet advised President Roosevelt on African American Affairs
In 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play Major League Baseball when he signed to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hiss success opened doors for blacks to enter all professional sports.
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Alice Coachman Davis
In 1948 Alice Coachman Davis won the High Jump at the Olympics in London, England. She became the first African American woman to win the Olympic Gold Metal.