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Play the I See Me Positively Game

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Play the I See Me Positively Game

Sometimes seeing is believing.  Perhaps your little genius has visions of becoming the next great dancer, actor, doctor or politician. But they have never seen a dancer/actor/doctor/politician that looks like them.  Inspire them with people from the past and present who have created paths for your little/big one to follow.
Suggestions: Have your little/big one put their Christmas Kindle to good use. Find out which field they are interested, select a person of interest from that field and then research:
  1. What college they attended
  2. What type of contests or organizations they participated in
  3. Famous quotes
  4. Who inspired them


Here's a Few Notable African Americans to get you started!



James Van Der Zee


Van Der Zee was an African-American photographer best known for his portraits of black New Yorkers. He was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance
Kara Walker


is a contemporary African-American artist,  best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes, who explores race,gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work.
Jonathan Green 

Green is a painter and print maker and is considered one of the most important contemporary painters of the Southern experience.
Anne Cole Lowe

Anne Cole Lowe was the earliest African American designer to become part of the New York fashion establishment in 1950. She is best known for designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress.
Jeffrey Banks 


Before launching Jeffrey Banks Ltd. in New York City in 1978 at the age of 25, he worked as a design assistant to Ralph Lauren (1971–73) and Calvin Klein (1973–76).

Arthur Mitchell 


Mitchell is an African-American dancer, choreographer. In 1956 Mitchell became the only black dancer in the New York City Ballet
The 25 Greatest Black Fashion Designers
History of Black Dance: 20th-Century Black American Dance





George Washington Carver

Carver was a scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.  Well known for research into crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes.
Patricia Bath


Bath is an American ophthalmologist, inventor and academic. Bath is the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. Her Laserphaco Probe is used to treat cataracts.
Daniel Hale Williams


Performed the first successful open-heart surgery in the United States.
15 Famous Black Scientists in History




Blanche Kelso Bruce

 The second African American to serve in the United States Senate and the first to be elected to a full term. 
Alexander Twilight

The first African American elected to public office and to serve in a state legislature 
John Stewart Rock

The first black person to be admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States
Pierre Caliste Landry  

In 1868 Landry was elected mayor of Donaldsonville and served for a one-year term, making him the first African American mayor in the United States. 
Shirley Chisholm

In 1968, Chisholm became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.



Carol Moseley Braun
Braun is the first and only African-American woman elected to the United States Senate.
The First Blacks In Congress Were All Republicans
If Only My Kids Thought Politics Were as Exciting as Beyoncé or Pharrell




Kenneth Irvine Chenault  

Chenault is the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001. He is the third African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Ursula Burns

Burns is the chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox.


Don Thompson

Thompson is the president and chief executive officer of McDonald's.

See more African American Chairman & CEO's of Fortune 500 Companies here


What field is your child interested in?


Have a Happy Weekend!!


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