Black History Month, Black First


We will all hear about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X during the month of February but there were many other African Americans that contributed to black history. I will update this page daily with links to sites featuring information about African American history makers that you may never have heard of.


THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

John Taylor: Fisrt African American to win an Olympic gold medal: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/taylor-john-baxter-jr-1882-1908

Colin Powell: The first African American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State http://www.biography.com/people/colin-powell-9445708

Ursula Burns, First Female African-American CEO Of Fortune 500 Company: http://www.ibtimes.com/ursula-burns-first-female-african-american-ceo-fortune-500-company-xerox-theres-tidal-1307417

Max Robinson: First African American news anchor http://biography.yourdictionary.com/max-robinson

Maurice Ashley: The First African-American Grand Master Of Chess http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/01/06/chess-grand-master

Mae C. Jemison: First black female astronaut http://www.biography.com/people/mae-c-jemison-9542378

Michelle Howard: First female 4 star admiral http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=394

Hiram Revels: First black United States Senator http://www.biography.com/people/hiram-r-revels-9456129

Ralph Bunche: First African American to win Nobel Peace Prize http://aareports.com/2011/02/black-history-month-ralph-bunce-first.html

Earl Lloyd: First African American to play in the NBA http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/earl-lloyd-becomes-first-black-player-in-the-nba

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable: Founder of Chicago http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/jean-du-sable-explorer-who-founded-chicago

Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr.: First black general in the United States Army http://www.biography.com/people/benjamin-o-davis-jr-37840

Guion Buford: First Black Astronaut http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bluford-gs.html

Ebenezer Basset: First Black US diplomat http://diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/explorer/peoplehistorical/169797.htm

Gwendolyn Books: First African American to win Pulitzer Prize: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/gwendolyn-brooks

William Henry Hastie: First Black Federal Judge: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/hastie-william-henry-1904-1976

Robert Hayden: First African American Poet Laureate http://aareports.com/2011/02/black-history-moth-robert-hayben-first.html

Count Basie: First African American Grammy Winner http://www.biography.com/people/count-basie-9201255

Alain Locke: First Black Rhodes Scholar http://www.biography.com/people/alain-leroy-locke-37962