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Basketball Player / 1963 -
Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player who led the Bulls to six national championships and earned the NBA Most Valuable Player Award five times.
Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist / 1797 - 1883
Sojourner Truth is best known for her extemporaneous speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", delivered at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
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profile name: Michael Jordan profile occupation: Basketball Player
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profile name: Al Capone profile occupation: Organized Crime Boss
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profile name: Tupac Shakur profile occupation: Actor, Rapper
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profile name: Sojourner Truth profile occupation: Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist
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profile name: Jennifer Lopez profile occupation: Actress, Dancer, Singer, Reality Television Star
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profile name: Lucille Ball profile occupation: Television Actress, Comedian
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