Possible Hero Figures of the 20th Century

Please select a hero figure from one of these categories. You may want to consult a general encyclopedia or biographical dictionary for some preliminary information about some of the people before making a final decision. If there is someone else your team would like to reasearch, ask your English teacher for approval before proceeding.



Madeleine Albright
Marion Anderson
Susan B. Anthony
Corazon Aquina
Hillarry Clinton
Cesar Chavez
Aung San Suu Kyi
Winston Churchill
W.E.B. Dubois
Medgar Evers
Mohandas Gandhi
Billy Graham
Jesse Jackson
Barbara Jordan
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Malcolm X
Nelson Mandela
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Ralph Nadar
Barack Obama
Sandra Day O'Connor
Rosa Parks
Colin Powell
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
Albert Schweitzer
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Harry S. Truman
Elie Wiesel
Arniold Schwartzineger


Ben Carson
Rachel Carson
George Washington Carver
Marie Curie
Charles R. Drew
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Robert Goddard
Jane Goodall
Stephen Hawking
Margaret Mead
Carl Sagan
Jonas Salk
Wright Brothers


Ansel Adams
Marion Anderson
Maya Angelou
Margaret Bourke-White
Pearl Buck
Walt Disney
Anne Frank
Lorraine Hansberry
Langston Hughes
Maya Lin
Anne Morrow Lindberg
Toni Morrison
Georgia O'Keefe
Gordon Parks
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Alice Walker
Elie Wiesel
Frank Lloyd Wright




Jane Addams
Clara Barton
Betty Ford
Billy Graham
Helen Keller
Nelson Mandela
Eleanor Roosevelt
Mother Teresa


Johnny Depp
Angelina Jolie
Kevin Clash
Harry Connick Jr.
George Clooney
Bob Geldof
Brad Pitt
Steven Speilberg
Marlee Matlin
Oprah Winfrey


Cal Ripken
Hank Aaron
Lou Gehrig
Jesse Owens
Jackie Robinson
Wilma Rudolf
Jim Thorpe
Serena and Venus Williams
Tiger Woods
Babe Didrikson Zaharias


Amelia Earhart (aviatrix)
Jacques Cousteau (explorer, conservationist)
Walter Cronkite (reporter & television news anchor)
Lee Iacocca corporate executive, entrepreneur)
Bill Gates (computer designer, corporate executive)
John Glenn (astronaut)
Steven Jobs (computer designer, corporate executive)
Chief Joseph (former leader of Nez Perce tribe)
Charles Lindbergh (aviator, social commentator)
Christa McAuliffe (teacher/astronaut)
Alan Shapard (astronaut)

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