Five great living black Americans

February is black history month, so here we recognize five great living black Americans:

Thomas Sowell is one of the great economists, philosophers, and writers in contemporary America. His columns can be found here. His books can be purchased here.

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Willie Mays redefined the game of baseball to a level that very few players can match. Forget about the 660 home runs for moment; if you’re lucky, you can catch a film clip on one of the sports networks of Willie running the bases. That’s it, just running the bases. Nobody did that with the utter abandon of Willie Mays.

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Denzel Washington is the great black actor. He’s no black man trying to be a white man, yet he can do any role without playing out of stereotypes.

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Condoleeza Rice is the first black woman to be Secretary of State of the United States, a job held by Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, John Quincy Adams, and Colin Powell.

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B.B. King is the master of the blues whose music resonates throughout the American soul.

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