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Actress Angela Bassett (pictured above, right) has portrayed a pantheon of African-American activists including Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story (2002) and Coretta Scott King (pictured above, left), the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Lifetime biopic Betty & Coretta (2013).
Actress Angela Bassett (pictured above, right) has portrayed a pantheon of African-American activists including Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story (2002) and Coretta Scott King (pictured above, lef ...

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Early into his career as a comedian, on February 27, 1966, Richard Pryor does a stand-up routine on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Early into his career as a comedian, on February 27, 1966, Richard Pryor does a stand-up routine on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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President George H.W. Bush sits in the cockpit of his aircraft during World War II after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest pilot to fight in the Navy at the time.
President George H.W. Bush sits in the cockpit of his aircraft during World War II after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest pilot to fight in the Navy at the time.

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Former four-star general and Director of the CiA David Petraeus got caught in a covert operation – an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell – that caused him to resign from his CIA position in November 2012.
Former four-star general and Director of the CiA David Petraeus got caught in a covert operation – an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell – that caused him to resign from his CIA position in November 2012.

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Journalist Daisy Bates gazes out of a broken window of her home during the Civil Rights Movement in 1958, one year after she helped the Little Rock Nine attend school during desegregation
Journalist Daisy Bates gazes out of a broken window of her home during the Civil Rights Movement in 1958, one year after she helped the Little Rock Nine attend school during desegregation

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1890: George Dixon becomes the first African-American world boxing champion.
1890: George Dixon becomes the first African-American world boxing champion.

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Lady Bird Johnson, pictured here in 1962, was wife of then vice president Lyndon B. Johnson and an influenttial confidante who brought an air of grace to her husband’s political life
Lady Bird Johnson, pictured here in 1962, was wife of then vice president Lyndon B. Johnson and an influenttial confidante who brought an air of grace to her husband’s political life

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R&B singer Aaliyah strikes a pose backstage at Lifebeat’s Urban Aid concert in Madison Square Garden on October 5, 1995.
R&B singer Aaliyah strikes a pose backstage at Lifebeat’s Urban Aid concert in Madison Square Garden on October 5, 1995.

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Elizabeth Taylor got her big break in 1944, starring in the mulit-million dollar hit National Velvet. The film made the 12-year-old actress one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Elizabeth Taylor got her big break in 1944, starring in the mulit-million dollar hit National Velvet. The film made the 12-year-old actress one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

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Betty Shabazz, wife of radical civil rights leader Malcolm X, follows the lead of her husband as an advocate for equal civil rights through controversial approaches.
Betty Shabazz, wife of radical civil rights leader Malcolm X, follows the lead of her husband as an advocate for equal civil rights through controversial approaches.

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