The Wall of Fame

Each Tuesday on Kids Corner, Kathy and the kids nominate people in history that we feel should be recognized for their efforts. The only guideline is that it needs to be a 'public figure' and not a friend or family member. Other than that, we encourage kids to think about people in history that inspired them, or perhaps intrigued them. Maybe they learned about them in school or from a TV show or movie. Each week Kathy and the kids nominate more people to add to our Who's Who in History Wall of Fame! 


ALEX HALEY

Haley was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. (nominated by Kathy)

ALEXANDER THE GREAT

Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. He was born in Pella in 356 BC and succeeded his father Philip II to the throne at the age of 20. (nominated by Mark)

BARBARA JORDAN

Lawyer, educator and politician whose election to the House of Representative from Texas in the 1970’s was historic. Jordan was an eloquent speaker and effective teacher whose historic keynote address at the 1976 Democratic convention was the first time an African American woman had served that role. (nominated by Kathy)

CLAUDETTE COLVIN

Colvin is a pioneer of the 1950s civil rights movement and retired nurse aide. On March 2, 1955, she was arrested at the age of 15 in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded, segregated bus. This occurred nine months before the more widely known incident in which Rosa Parks, secretary of the local chapter of the NAACP, helped spark the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. (nominated by Kathy)

CAPT EDWARD SMITH 

Captain Smith served as master of numerous White Star Line vessels. He was the captain of the RMS Titanic, and perished when the ship sank on its maiden voyage. Captain Smith was an experienced seaman who had served for 40 years at sea, including 27 years in command. Sadly, this was the first crisis of his career. (nominated by William)

FLORYNCE KENNEDY

In her cowboy hat, pants, and pink sunglasses, Kennedy gained a reputation as a flamboyant activist who stood up to authority and did not care what people said about her. Only the second African-American woman to graduate from Columbia Law School, Kennedy fought for the rights of Black Panther members and African-American singers discriminated against by music companies. Disgusted by the racism in the courts, Kennedy turned her energy to activism for the remainder of her life. (nominated by Kathy)

GRANDMA MOSES

Anna Mary Robertson Moses began painting at age 78, inspiring her nickname “Grandma Moses.” She always had an interest in art. Her style of painting was colorful and clear…never abstract. Her paintings showed American country life. When she died, President Kennedy said “Both her work and her life helped our nation renew its pioneer heritage and recall its roots in the countryside and on the frontier.” (nominated by Kathy)

HARRIET TUBMAN

Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue hundreds of others, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. During the American Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the Union Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the movement for women's suffrage. (nominated by Natalia) 

JOHN ADAMS

Adams was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Before his presidency, he was a leader of the American Revolution that achieved independence from Great Britain, and he served as the first vice president of the United States. (nominated by Willow)

JOHN PHILIP SOUSA

You may not know his name, but you know the melodies John Philip Sousa composed. The “March King” composed songs played at every American parade like "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (National March of the United States of America), "Semper Fidelis" (official march of the United States Marine Corps) and "The Liberty Bell.” (nominated by Kathy)

JULIA MORGAN

Throughout the American West Coast and Hawaii, you can see buildings designed by Architect Julia Morgan. She was the first woman to be licensed as an architect in California. Julia Morgan’s reputation grew when her use of reinforced concrete on buildings made them survive earthquakes. (nominated by Kathy)

KATHERINE JOHNSON

Johnson was an American mathematician who, during her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her "historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist". (nominated by Kathy)

LEONARDO DA VINCI

Leonardo da Vinci is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived. While his fame initially rested on his achievements as a painter, he also became known for his knowledge of science and invention; these involve a variety of subjects including anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting, and palaeontology. (nominated by Kaito)

MAE JEMISON

Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. (nominated by Maxwell)

MAJOR TAYLOR

Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor was an American professional cyclist. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, where he worked in bicycle shops and began racing multiple distances in the track and road disciplines of cycling. (nominated by Kathy) 

MARGARET CHASE SMITH

Smith was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, she served as a U.S Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine. She was the first woman to serve in both houses of the United States Congress, and was the first woman to be placed in nomination for the presidency at a major party's convention. (nominated by Kathy)

MARK & SCOTT KELLY

These high-flying twins were invited by NASA to join the Space Shuttle Program in 1996, after both distinguishing themselves in their military careers. They are the only siblings (so far) to go into space. Because they are identical twins, NASA scientists were uniquely able to study the effects of space travel with someone on the ground as comparison. (nominated by Kathy)

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Dr. King Jr. was an African American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. (nominated by Daisy) 

MOSES FLEETWOOD WALKER

Moses Fleetwood "Fleet" Walker was an American professional baseball catcher who is credited with being one of the first black men to play in Major League Baseball.Walker played in the minor leagues until 1889, and was the last African-American to participate on the major league level before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line in 1947. (nominated by Kathy)

ROBERT SMALLS

Born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina, Robert Smalls freed himself, his crew, and their families during the American Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, on May 13, 1862, and sailing it from Confederate-controlled waters of the harbor to the U.S. blockade that surrounded it. His example and persuasion helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army. (nominated by Kathy)

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM

Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York's 12th congressional district for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. (nominated by Kathy)

THEODORE ROOSEVELT 

Better known as Teddy, Roosevelt was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1906 for mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05), and he secured the route and began construction of the Panama Canal .  (nominated by Theo)