Who are some examples of African American Role Models in the 1980s and 1990s?

Mae C. Jemison. The first black woman to become a U.S. astronaut, she flew into space as a member of the crew of the space shuttle Endeavor in 1992.

Toni Morrison. In 1983, she became the first black woman novelist to win a Pulitzer Prize, which was awarded to her for her novel Beloved; in 1993, Morrison became the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

Robert C. Maynard. He bought the Oakland Tribune in 1983 for $22 million, becoming the first black owner of a major mainstream daily newspaper.

Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls superstar won his sixth consecutive National Basketball Association scoring title in 1992; by the end of the 1996-97 season, he had won the scoring title nine times in all.

Tiger Woods. In 1997, this twenty-one-year-old became the youngest person, and the first person of African descent, to win the Masters golf championship.

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