There are so many historical figures that students can choose from in almost any book, text or otherwise, black/white/you name it.
Over the years this has become another interesting work sheet for my students because I don't limit their creativity. They get to pick anyone within the chapter we are studying which requires them to research and create yet not beating with a grade. They understand that I am on their side – a kid at heart. All I ask is that the per son: male/female/black/white/Indian/whoever is from the current chapter.
One last suggestion is to print this worksheet on light colored cardstock You don’t have to be it makes it easier for the students.