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African American Biographies: Home

Check out these resources to help you with your African American heroes research!

Databases - Collections of Articles

After you search for your subject's name, you can get help with your "Sources" page by selecting an article link and then clicking on "Cite" from the right-hand menu.


World Book Student Biography Center

Search for your person's name. Click on the green link to open up the article on your topic. Use the outline at the left to navigate to a specific section or to help you create a citation for your "Sources" page.
Search for your African American's name, then click "Full Text" and the green "Update" button on the left. You may also want to limit your search by choosing appropriate subjects from the menu at the left. After you open an article, you can click "Cite" on the right to help you create your "Sources" page.
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Reliable Websites


The descriptions on this page are provided by the Follett Catalog Software Company.

Useful Books

You will find most of the books you need in the Biography section of the library (under the clock!). The Biography section is organized in ABC order by subjects last name. So if you were assigned Barack Obama, you would look in the "O" portion of the shelves.

African American Heroes Report Criteria

  • Research the famous person via magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, world-wide-web, etc.


  • You will be researching for the following topics:

1.     Early years of life

2.    Character Traits

3.    Significant (important ) Events in Life/ What makes the person a hero

4.    Contributions to USA


  • Use the web to organize your research into the above categories.


  • Create 4 well-formed paragraphs with your information


  • Include an introduction (beginning paragraph) and a conclusion (an ending paragraph)


  • Include a “Source” page for your sources (for web information please include entire web address, for a book or article, include title and author)


  • Draw a portrait of your famous person on the left side of the paper provided, using the Postage Stamp criteria.