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Mahatma Gandhi | Eleanor Roosevelt | Marie Curie | Martin Luther King Jr. | Rosa Parks | George Washington Carver

Langston Hughes | Sacagawea | Amelia Earhart | Ruby Bridges | Colin Powell | Anne Frank | Laura Ingalls Wilder

Jackie Robinson

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi - A Retrospective  - retrospective by the Indian government that features a biography of Gandhi and copies of his famous speeches and sayings.

Mahatma Gandhi - Father of the Nation  - biography about the early life, independence campaigns, and death of this Indian hero.

 

Eleanor Roosevelt
American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt - take an in-depth look at one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. Includes a timeline and bios of people involved in her life.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt - biography from the First Ladies of the United States of America site.
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site - find out what's in store for you at this Hyde Park, New York landmark. Women of The Hall - Eleanor Roosevelt - biography of this amazing woman and First Lady.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site  - find out what's in store for you at this Hyde Park, New York landmark.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt  - biography from the First Ladies of the United States of America site.

American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt  - take an in-depth look at one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. Includes a timeline and bios of people involved in her life.

Timeline of Eleanor Roosevelt's Life  - highlights important events in the life of Eleanor and her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

Marie Curie
Marie Curie - detailed biography of the life and work of this physicist.
Marie Curie (1867-1934) - short biography of this amazing scientist.
Marie Curie and The Science of Radioactivity - follow in the footsteps of this scientist's life, from her Polish childhood to her work with radioactivity.
Marie Curie: A Nobel Prize Pioneer at the Panthéon - article about the life, death, and accomplishments of Marie Curie.
The Curies - brief biographies of Marie and Pierre Curie from PBS.

 

Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrating Black History: Martin Luther King Jr. - learn about the man, his life, legacy, and assassination.

Civil Rights Trail: Martin Luther King Jr. - learn about the man and the footprints he made along the Civil Rights trail. From the Miami Herald. - Destination: King's Atlanta - article from CNN to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Martin Luther King Celebration - learn more about the man and the holiday from The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, Inc. in North Carolina. Includes a description of the celebrations, a timeline of his life, and audio clips of some of his famous speeches.

National Civil Rights Museum - a collection of Civil Rights artifacts including Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches and replicas of civil rights monuments.

Seattle Times: Martin Luther King Jr. - well-done site on the life of MLK.

Timeline of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - student-made timeline of this civil rights leader's life.

Ask Earl: MLK

Martin Luther King Scavenger Hunt - learn more about Dr. King finding answers to these questions. Hear his "I Have a Dream" speech too!

I Have a Dream - hear the words that changed the world from the History Channel Great Speeches Archive. August 28, 1963.

Kulture Kidz: Martin Luther King, Jr. - short page of info and highlights of his "I Have A Dream" speech with audio clips. Complete speech is also available.

Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project - Stanford University brings you a directory of info including Dr King's papers, speeches, sermons, autobiography, biography, articles, and audio clips.

Martin Luther King's Washington Speech - listen to parts of Martin Luther King's Washington speech from 1963.

MLK Holiday - learn more about the man and the holiday from The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, Inc. in North Carolina. Includes a description of the celebrations, a timeline of his life, and audio clips of some of his famous speeches.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site - learn about this site located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project  - Stanford University brings you a directory of info including Dr King's papers, speeches, sermons, autobiography, biography, articles, and audio clips.

Nobel Peace Prize 1964: Martin Luther King, Jr  - includes a biographical profile and his acceptance speech for this award.

Speeches And Letters From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  - includes quotes, "Letter From A Birmingham Jail," and text and Quicktime movie of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Seattle Times: Martin Luther King Jr.  - read and listen to clips of Dr. King's speeches, sermons, and writings.

Celebrate Dr. King  - read this school's philosophy for honoring this holiday and check out a timeline with other info in the activities section.

Dr. King Timeline Page  - illustrated timeline of MLK's life, created by Oregonian students.

King's Washington Speech  - listen to parts of Martin Luther King's Washington speech from 1963.

Great Speeches  - this outstanding audio collection offers a new speech every day. The archives include over seventy speeches from Martin Luther King Jr., Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, and other leading figures of the century.

I've Been to the Mountaintop  - read the text of King's last speech, given in support of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, TN, on April 3, 1968.

MLK Day of Service  - discover how you can celebrate and honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MLK Holiday  - learn more about the man and the holiday from The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, Inc. in North Carolina. Includes a description of the celebrations, a timeline of his life, and audio clips of some of his famous speeches.

Treasures of the World's Great Libraries  - discover some of the treasures in libraries around the world. Find paintings, manuscripts, and artifacts from people like Einstein, Shakespeare, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement  - these pages were created in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Letter From a Birmingham Jail  - read the text of this letter written by Martin Luther King Jr, April 16, 1963.

In 2000...I Have a Dream, Too!  - students from a number of different elementary schools share their dreams, using Dr. King's dreams as inspirations.

How many marches did Martin Luther King, Jr. lead?

Martin Luther King Jr.  - this well-done site on the life of MLK by the Seattle Times includes a photo gallery, timeline, biography, audio and text clips of his speeches, and lots more.

Martin Luther King. Jr.  - detailed biography from the Gale Salutes Black History Month site.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day  - learn about the history of this holiday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the Net  - learn about the man and one of the newest holidays in the United States.

Celebrate! Holidays In The U.S.A. - Dr. Martin Luther King Day  - learn about Martin Luther King Day in the United States and how it came to be.

King Center: The Beloved Community  - listen to or read Dr. King's words about creating a new world, or find biographies, photos, and speech excerpts from this living memorial located in Atlanta, Georgia.

King Chronology  - check out an interactive and detailed timeline of this U.S. civil rights leader's life.

King Holiday Observance  - read about the meaning of this holiday by Coretta Scott King. The site also includes a chronology of the holiday and info on events. From the King Center.

I Have a Dream Speech  - text copy of Dr. King's famous speech from Western Michigan University.

 

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott  - from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the Net.
Culture and Change: Black History in America - get a timeline of significant events and people in African American history plus features about Rosa Parks, Melba Pattillo, and ten great inventors. From Scholastic.
Girl Power!: Rosa Parks - biography and quotes from the mother of the Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks - biography from the Gale Salutes Black History Month site.
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott - from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the Net.
Rosa Parks Profile - meet the woman often called the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. Read her biography and an interview which you can also watch and hear. From the Hall of Public Service.
Women of The Hall - Rosa Parks - brief biography and picture of this woman from the National Women's Hall of Fame. Women Who Changed History - join Scholastic as they explore the lives of notable women, including Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart. You can also try some interactive challenges and nominate a notable woman.

 

George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver - brief biography of this man and some of his accomplishments.
George Washington Carver (1864-1963) - biography from the Gale Salutes Black History Month site.
George Washington Carver National Monument - brief facts about this 210 acre park located in Diamond, MO.
Kulture Kidz: George Washington Carver - short page of info and a small photo of the man who invented hundreds of uses for the peanut.
Peanut Products: As Discovered by Dr.George Washington Carver - find out some of the amazing things Carver produced from peanuts.

 

Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes - biography of this writer, editor, and lecturer from the Gale Salutes Black History Month site.
Poet's Bookshelf: Biographies of Famous Poets - read student reports on great poets like Cummings, Poe, Sandburg, Whitman, and more.
Today in History: February 1 - biography of the poet Langston Hughes, who was born on this date.

 

Sacagawea
PBS Online - Sacagawea - biography of the Shoshone Indian woman who helped Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition.
People in the West - Sacagawea - learn about this legendary figure in the history of the American West.
Pomp - read the adventures of this native American boy in an e-book that includes the history of the American West, written by Liz Sonneborn. See a picture of the Sacagawea dollar coin too!
Sacajawea? Sakakawea? Sacagawea? - article on the accomplishments of this Shoshone Indian and the correct spelling, pronunciation, and meaning of her name.

 

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart - about her life, flights, and disappearance.
Amelia Earhart - Biography - covers her early years, her life as a celebrity, and her last flight. Includes various pictures from throughout Earhart's life. Also in Spanish.
Amelia Earhart Biography - read about this celebrated American aviator in a bio from Spectrum magazine.
Official Amelia Earhart Website - check out this site with Amelia Earhart's biography, quotes, photo gallery, and achievements.
Two Legends of Aviation - World Book presents Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart. Learn about air navigation and hear live conversations between air traffic controllers and pilots too!
Women of The Hall - Amelia Earhart - brief biography and pictures of this woman from the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Women Who Changed History - join Scholastic as they explore the lives of notable women, including Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart. You can also try some interactive challenges and nominate a notable woman.

 

Ruby Bridges

Still I Rise: Ruby Bridges' Fate  - description of Ruby's first day at an integrated school from Driftwood Newscope.

Class of One  - read a transcript of the Online Newshour interview conducted with Ruby Bridges almost forty years after she became the first African American to desegregate an elementary school

Ruby Bridges  - read a student's report about this remarkable young girl who led the way in the attempt to integrate American public schools.

Freedom Hero: Ruby Bridges  - read about this brave girl who paved the way for integration in public schools and why she is a hero to many.

Ruby Bridges Foundation  - founded by the woman who integrated public schools in America as a young girl, this organization seeks to increase parental involvement in their children's educations.

Who Is Ruby Bridges?  - see this slide presentation on this young girl and the issues that arose when she began attending an integrated public school.

 

Colin Powell

General Powell's Corner  - read his thoughts and words, his bio, and about his involvement with America's Promise. Includes photos and his special message to youth about volunteering.

Colin Powell  - brief biography of the first African American to be the Chairman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Colin L. Powell  - biography of this decorated military man from the Gale Salutes Black History Month site.

 

Anne Frank

Anne Frank Online  - view a photo-essay about Anne's life, read excerpts from her diary, and find out about the travelling exhibition.

Anne Frank House  - get a glimpse of a visit to the house in which Anne Frank lived while she was writing her diary. Lots of great pictures and information.

Anne Frank House Information  - visit this historical hiding place in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank: Lessons in Human Rights and Dignity  - read about the life of Anne Frank and learn about getting along with and respecting other people. Find tips on recording your own life in a diary.

Anne Frank  - visit this detailed and informative site on her life.

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Inc.  - see Ms. Wilder and her original homes, learn about De Smet, hometown of the "Little House" books, and read historical summaries of her beloved books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder - Frontier Girl  - learn about the real Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame. Look at pictures of her family and her family tree, listen to Pa's fiddle music, or read her biography.

HarperCollins: Little House on the Prairie  - read first chapter of the first book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Ingalls Wilder  - description of the life and writings of this author from Gale Celebrates Women's History.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pages  - devoted to author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her nine "Little House" books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Author of the Little House Books  - read info from a book about the historical home sites of this famous author.

Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family  - they moved often, faced tough luck, worked hard, and shared adventures. Trace their search for a home on this site using a timeline and a map with historical photos.

 

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson: Civil Rights Advocate  - original documents sent by Jackie Robinson regarding civil rights in America. Includes pictures and quotes.

Jackie Robinson Society  - learn about the trials and triumphs of Jackie Robinson from this University of Texas at Austin student organization dedicated to the former Major League Baseball player.

SI For Kids: Jackie Robinson  - read his biography, see a picture of this pioneer in baseball, and get his player statistics.

Breaking the Barriers: A Houston Chronicle Special Section  - read just how far African Americans have come in sports from Jesse Owens and Joe Louis to Jackie Robinson and beyond

Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s - 1960s  - materials from the 1860's to the 1960's. Collection held by the Library of Congress.

Jackie Robinson Interview  - hear Jackie Robinson's answers to interview questions from 1962.

Jackie Robinson Society Image Gallery  - images from different periods in his life.

National Baseball Hall of Fame: Branch Rickey  - short biography of this baseball pioneer who helped break the color line by bringing Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn.

Reel Moments in Black History  - Quicktime clips of Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and the 1963 civil rights march in Washington, D.C.