Black Birthdays for February 9th: Chris Gardner and More

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CHRIS GARDNER: Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist Chris Gardner overcame homelessness to become a self-made millionaire. Gardner chronicled his challenges of being a single father and an ambitious businessman living below the poverty line in his New York Times' bestselling autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness. His rags to riches story also served as inspiration for the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

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Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists, athletes and more who have helped push our causes forward and make history.

Below you will find the individuals, both still alive and those who have passed away, who are celebrating their birthdays.

- Happy 69th Birthday to poet and novelist of “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker

- Happy 23rd Birthday to actress Camille Winbush

- Happy 59th Birthday to American businessman and entrepreneur Chris Gardner

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