Zitkála-Šá

Zitkála-Šá (pronounced: Zitkala-sha) was a writer, musician, teacher, and activist. She was among the first people to write down Native American legends. Before, these stories had only been passed down through word of mouth. She was born as Gertrude Simmons, on February 22, 1876, in South Dakota. Her mother was a Yankton Sioux, and her father was an American of …

Julia Child

Julia Child was a marvelous chef, journalist and even a well-known television personality. Time magazine described her as the “Lady of the Ladle.” Julia Child is known for being the first lady to branch out from cooking at home to working as a professional chef. Julia changed the face of cooking in America because she made it into a fun …

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is a famous American jazz singer. Jazz is a style of music that was invented by African American musicians in the South. Ella was born on April 25, 1917, and grew up in the state of New York. As a child, Ella loved school and was very bright. She also loved to dance and sing. Ella started to …

Ella Mae Lentz

Ella Mae Lentz is a deaf American teacher, poet, actress, and advocate for ASL. ASL stands for American Sign Language. ASL is used by people who are unable to hear, which allows them to use their hands and facial expressions to communicate. Like spoken languages, sign language is different in different countries. ASL is the sign language we use in …

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is an activist. An activist is someone who fights for equal human rights for everybody no matter their skin color, gender, or race. She was born on April 10, 1930, in New Mexico to Mexican parents. Six years later, Dolores’ mom moved the family out to California. Dolores really liked learning and loved school. Her mom made sure …

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange is a famous American photographer that used her pictures to share people’s stories. She was born on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey to German immigrants. Growing up she loved art, reading, and going to plays and concerts with her family. When she was seven years old she became sick with polio. The virus made her right …

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a world famous scientist and inventor. She works to give animals a better life. Temple was born August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the oldest of the four siblings. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and a half and was told she was not like the other kids. Every day we …

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the world’s first Black woman pilot, but it was no easy task to get there. Bessie Coleman was born in Texas and grew up with her mom and two sisters. Together they picked cotton to support the family. When she was young, she knew deep down inside she wanted to accomplish something great so she stayed in …