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.


John Taylor: Fisrt African American to win an Olympic gold medal:

Colin Powell: The first African American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State

Ursula Burns, First Female African-American CEO Of Fortune 500 Company:

Max Robinson: First African American news anchor

Maurice Ashley: The First African-American Grand Master Of Chess

Mae C. Jemison: First black female astronaut

Michelle Howard: First female 4 star admiral

Hiram Revels: First black United States Senator

Ralph Bunche: First African American to win Nobel Peace Prize

Earl Lloyd: First African American to play in the NBA

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable: Founder of Chicago

Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr.: First black general in the United States Army

Guion Buford: First Black Astronaut

Ebenezer Basset: First Black US diplomat

Gwendolyn Books: First African American to win Pulitzer Prize:

William Henry Hastie: First Black Federal Judge:

Robert Hayden: First African American Poet Laureate

Count Basie: First African American Grammy Winner

Alain Locke: First Black Rhodes Scholar