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 videos and links to sites featuring information about African American history makers that you may never have heard of and hope that it encorages you to learn more about these historic figures.


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