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Mahalia Jackson was one of the first famous gospel singers. She often praised Jesus in her songs and sung about how goodness was achieved by overcoming adversity. Best Black History Quotes: Mahalia Jackson on Financial Independence.

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Madam C.J. Walker was the first child of her family to be born free. As an adult, she developed her own line of hair products and was wildly successful. She traveled the country to run her business as well as empower other black women to become entrepreneurs. She died in 1919, the first woman to become a millionaire based on her own achievements.

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Our history did not start with slavery, our ancestors were rulers, it's time we made movies showing our rich history before slavery, teach our children we come from Kings and Queens, so they can walk with their heads held high!

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