From the famous and the fêted to the inventor and the intellectual, African Americans have long blazed new paths in areas ranging from political reform to the arts, science and education. "Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud," James Brown once exhorted audiences. This is where you can celebrate the great individuals that give that call its resounding ring.
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