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Malvin Russell Goode was the first African American news correspondent for a major television network. In 1962, at the age of fifty-four, became the first black network news correspondent when he was hired by ABC Television News as its United Nations (UN) reporter in New York City. The position was created when former baseball player Jackie Robinson publicly had complained to ABC executives about the lack of black reporters. Goode was hired over forty other candidates. Goode covered civil rights marches and made sure that the issues surrounding African-Americans were known to the public. He also became the first Black member of the National Association of Radio and Television News Directors in 1971. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #civilrights #journalist #malvingoode

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Amelia Boynton Robinson was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans. She was called the matriarch of the voting rights movement, and is perhaps known as the woman at the front of the March 7, 1965 “Bloody Sunday” March in Selma, Alabama, where she was gassed, beaten, and left for dead that day on the Edmund Pettus Bridge and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement. She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #bloodysunday #selmaalabama #selma #montgomeryalabama #montgomery #edmundpettusbridge #civilrights #votingrights #ameliaboyntonrobinson

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William Hastie was an attorney, and civil rights advocate who was also the first African American to serve as Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, as a federal judge, and as a federal appellate judge. In 1933 he became one of the first African American members of the Franklin Roosevelt Administration. He was appointed the President’s race relations advisor. In 1946 President Harry Truman appointed Hastie Governor of the Virgin Islands, a post he held until 1949, thus becoming the first African American to hold the post of governor of a U.S. territory.  In 1949, President Truman nominated Hastie for Judge of the Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals and the Senate confirmed Hastie for the position. At that time, this was the highest judicial position held by an African American. He retired from the judgeship in 1971. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #civilrightsadvocate #federaljudge #governor #usvirginislands #williamhastie

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Alice Allison Dunnigan was a journalist, civil rights activist, and author who became the first African-American female White House correspondent. She was also the first black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. She became the chief of the Associated Negro Press in 1947, which would allow her a year later to become the first female African American to follow a President's campaign out on the road. When President Truman took a 15-day train trip to the West Coast in 1948, she traveled along but had to pay for the trip by taking out a loan. Even as police at some stops on the tour questioned her presence and one even yanked her out of the line of reporters, Truman treated her with dignity and respect. Her stories appeared on the front pages of black newspapers across the country. When John F. Kennedy was elected, she served as an education consultant of the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity until 1965. Dunnigan was a woman who never gave up despite hardships and prejudice. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #civilrights #civilrightsactivist #author #journalist #whitehousecorrespondent #alicedunnigan

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Many people know the story of Rosa Parks or even before her Claudette Colvin not giving up their seats on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, but 11 years before Rosa Parks' act galvanized the civil rights movement, there was Irene Morgan Kirkaldy. In July 1944, Morgan Kirkaldy was arrested after she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Virginia. She was a 27-year-old mother of two, who was recovering from a miscarriage, and she just wanted a comfortable seat for her lengthy ride home to see a doctor. She was convicted in a County Circuit Court, but appealed the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court and later to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was represented by William H. Hastie, and Thurgood Marshall, legal counsel of the NAACP, and on June 3,1946 the Supreme Court ruled in her favor. Her case resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in interstate transportation and sparked the first Freedom Ride. While Southern states largely ignored the ruling, Morgan Kirkaldy's case was a pioneer in civil rights law. In 2001 she received the Presidential Citizens Medal. Her act of courage served as a vehicle of change for the betterment of African-Americans throughout the United States. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2020 #trailblazer #supremecourt #irenemorgankirkaldy #rosaparks #claudettecolvin #bus #backofthebus #naacp #thurgoodmarshall #segregation

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Katherine Johnson is noted as being one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. She also made history, before her NASA career, when she and two men became the first three black students to be offered admission to West Virginia University after the state integrated its graduate schools in 1939. She was also the first woman in the Flight Research Division to receive credit as an author of a research report for her work with Ted Skopinski on detailing the equations describing an orbital spaceflight. Johnson's work included calculating trajectories, launch windows and emergency return paths for Project Mercury spaceflights, including those for astronauts Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and John Glenn, the first American in orbit, and rendezvous paths for the Apollo Lunar Module and command module on flights to the Moon. Her calculations were also essential to the beginning of the Space Shuttle program, and she worked on plans for a mission to Mars. She said her greatest contribution to space exploration was making "the calculations that helped sync Project Apollo's Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module." In other words, helping to put men on the moon in 1969. She was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson as a lead character in the 2016 film Hidden Figures and in 2019, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #nasa #hiddenfigures #apollo #spacemission #katherinejohnson

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Guion S. Bluford was a decorated Air Force pilot in Vietnam before joining NASA in the late 1970s. In 1983, he became the first African American to travel into space when he served as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Bluford completed three more NASA missions, compiling 688 hours in space, between 1983 and 1992. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #nasa #astronaut #guionbuford #guionbufordjr #challenger #airforce #blackhistorymonth #spacemission

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Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes made history as the first African American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 network series with hit prime time show Grey’s Anatomy. She is also the creator of its spin-off, Private Practice, the political thriller Scandal and the legal drama How to Get Away With Murder. Along with her achievement as a showrunner, Rhimes helped Kerry Washington become only the second Black woman to star in a prime-time television TV show with Scandal, after Diahann Carroll, and helped Viola Davis become the first to win a primetime Emmy in the Best Actress in a Drama category. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2020 #trailblazer #history #greysanatomy #scandal #howtogetawaywithmurder #privatepractice #kerrywashington #diahanncarroll #shondarhimes #showrunner #violadavis

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Johnnie Johnson Jr. was the first African-American police chief of Birmingham, Alabama, the state’s largest city and a focal point of the 1960s civil rights demonstrations. Birmingham gained national attention when, then police Commissioner, Eugene ″Bull″ Connor directed police officers as they beat men, women, and children with batons, pummeled them with high-pressure fire hoses, and commanded police dogs to attack them. Johnson joined the police department in 1966 as the second African-American officer hired and in 1991, he was selected by the city's first African-American Mayor, Richard Arrington, to become police chief. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #blackhistory2020 #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #civilrights #civilrightsmovement #birminghamalabama #alabama #protest #police #policeofficer #waterhoses #policechief

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Garrett Morris was a part of the original Saturday Night Live cast as well as being the first African American cast member on the show from 1975 to 1980. He had a small role in Cooley High, which  was a critical and commercial success. He later went on to have recurring roles in the popular FOX sitcom Martin and later The Jamie Foxx Show. His most recent starring role was on the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2020 #trailblazer #snl #saturdaynightlive #cooleyhigh #martin #thejamiefoxxshow #2brokegirls #garrettmorris #unclejunior #stanwinters #wzup #comedy #comedylegend #actor

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In 1981, Johnny Grier became the first African-American referee in the history of the NFL. He officiated in one Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXII in 1988, which was his last game as a field judge and the same game in which Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #nfl #nflreferee #johnnygrier

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In 2012, Peter Ramsey directed Rise of the Guardians, which was based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood books, making him the first African-American to direct a big budget animated feature. The film would go on to be nominated at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, Producers Guild and Annie Awards. Although, the film did not get nominated for an Oscar, In 2018, he co-directed Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse which not only made him the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but also the first to win. Spider-Verse was a smash hit at the box office and universally acclaimed among critics, with many calling it one of the best animated films ever made. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #oscars #riseoftheguardians #spidermanintothespiderverse #spiderverse #animation #animatedfeature #bestanimatedfeature #peterramsey #academyaward

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Charlie Sifford broke barriers all his life. He was the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour as a full member, making 10. It was Sifford who opened professional golf, a game with a “Caucasian only” rule, to blacks many decades ago. Without him, Tiger Woods would probably not have been able to make his own impact on the sports world. In 1957, Sifford won the Long Beach Open, becoming the first black golfer to win a tournament against a predominantly white field of players. The victory came in an era when the likes of Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis took firm stances against the color barrier and equal rights. In 2004, he became the first black golfer to break into another exclusive club. Of the 100 previously enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame, none was black. He was selected via the Lifetime Achievement category for his contributions to the game as well as being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2020 #trailblazer #golf #pga #pgatour #breakingcolorbarriers #thefirstblack #charliesifford #tigerwoods #presidentialmedaloffreedom #worldgolfhalloffame

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Don Barksdale was a pioneer in the sport of basketball. Though he never played a minute of high school basketball due to rules that limited the number of black players to one on varsity teams, he never allowed the social barriers and racial quotas to deter him from playing the game that he loved. Throughout his career he broke mamy racial barriers. In 1947 he became the first African American to be named to the Helms Foundation All-America team after helping the UCLA Bruins to the Pacific Coast Conference championship. The following year he represented the United States in basketball at the London Olympics, becoming the first African-American to make the U.S. Olympic team and the first to win gold. His work in the Games opened more doors for black basketball players. As one of the first Black players in the NBA he became the first Black player chosen to play in the NBA All-Star game. In 1948, he would achieve another first by becoming the first black radio disc jockey in the San Francisco Bay Area. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #nba #nbaallstargame #nbaallstar #allamerican #basketball radio #radiodiscjockey #olympics #goldmetal #olympicgoldmedal #donbarksdale

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In 1954, Joe “the Jet” Perry became the first African American to be named the NFL’s most valuable player, and he held the NFL’s career rushing record for five years. Known for his power and explosive speed, Perry was among the most dominating and electrifying runners of his time. He led the National Football League in rushing in 1953 and 1954, and was the first player to gain 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Perry joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1948, becoming the team’s first black player. In 1954, he became the first African American to be named the NFL’s most valuable player, and he held the NFL’s career rushing record for five years. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #nfl #nflmvp #mvp #thejet #firstblackplayer #foorball #joeperry #joethejetperry #sanfrancisco #sanfrancisco49ers

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William "Count" Basie is considered one of the greatest bandleaders of all times. During the 1940s and '50s, Basie and his orchestra were one of the most popular big bands in the U.S. Basie made history in 1958 by becoming the first African-American male to receive a Grammy award, winning for Best Jazz Performance by a Group and Best Performance by a Dance Band. He won many other Grammys throughout his career and worked with a number of artists, including Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald.  #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #countbasie #jazz #music #jazzmusic #grammys #bigbands #grammywinner

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Constance Baker Motley was a civil rights activist, who in 1966, became the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. As a prominent civil rights attorney, Motley won nine of the ten cases she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the 1962 case in which James Meredith won admission to the University of Mississippi. She was also an assistant attorney to Thurgood Marshall arguing the case Brown v. Board of Education, in which she wrote briefs. Following her judicial appointment in 1966, Motley was made chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1982 and senior judge in 1986. One of her more memorable cases was when she handed down a breakthrough decision for women in sports broadcasting in 1978, when she ruled that a female reporter must be allowed into a Major League Baseball locker room. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #civilrights #civilrightsactivist #ussupremecourt #supremecourtjudge #brownvboardofeducation #breakingcolorbarriers #thefirstblack

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William Henry Hastie Jr. was a civil rights advocate and a man of many first. In 1946, Hastie became the first African-American governor of the Virgin Islands, and in 1949 President Truman appointed him judge of the Third United States Circuit Court of Appeals, making him the first African American to be appointed as a federal circuit judge. Hastie received a BA from Amherst, where he finished first in his class, and then received a law degree from Harvard, becoming the second African American to serve on the Harvard Law Review. He would go on to teach at Howard University Law School, where Thurgood Marshall was one of his students. Hastie fought against racism in major Federal lawsuits. In two of these lawsuits he worked with his former student Thurgood Marshall and with the NAACP. Their team was victorious in arguing both cases. He retired from the judgeship in 1971. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #civilrights #civilrightsadvocate #federaljudge #breakingcolorbarriers #thefirstblack

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Charles Bolden, Jr., in 2009 became NASA’s administrator, making him the first African-American to head the agency on a permanent basis. Bolden started his career graduating from the  United States Naval academy Academy in 1968. He later became a Marine aviator and test pilot. In 1981, Bolden became an astronaut with NASA. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #nasa #nasaadministrator #breakingcolorbarriers #astronaut #marineaviator #charlesbolden

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William Attaway was an African American novelist, screenwriter, and song writer considered to be the first Black writer to write scripts for TV and films. He wrote A "Hundred Years of Laughter," which was an hour long special on Black humor that aired in 1964. The special featured comedians Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, and Flip Wilson in their first appearances on television. Attaway was also the creative genius behind the “Banana Boat Song (Day-O),” famously performed by Harry Belafonte, which he co-wrote with Irving Burgie. Attaway spent his career giving voice to “the lonely men” whose labor put food on tables and kept industries running. He is popularly known for his 1941 novel Blood on the Forge, which chronicles the African American Great Migration and labor strife in the Pennsylvania steel mills. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #thefirstafricanamerican #screenwriter #songwriter #novelist #thebananaboatsong #dayo #harrybelafonte #williamattaway #bloodontheforge

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Maria P. Williams is considered to be the first African-American woman film producer. Along with being a filmmaker she was an activist and a writer. In 1923, William's became the first black woman to produce, write and act in her own movie when her film The Flames of Wrath was released. Thanks to her contributions, today we have female directors and producers like Ava Duvernay, Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock-Akil, and Lena Waithe to name a few. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #screenwriter #producer #director #writer #film #filmmaking #filmmaker #theflamesofwrath #activist #actor #filmproducer

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Debi Thomas was the first African-American to win the women's title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and a medal in Winter Olympics competition. In 1988, Thomas competed at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. She won the bronze medal in the women's figure skating event becoming the first African American to win a medal in any sport at the Winter Olympics. That same year, Thomas once again won the U.S. Championships. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history #trailblazer #thefirstafricanamerican #iceskating #worldgames #winterolympics #figureskating #debithomas

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Harold Amos was the first African-American Microbiologist and the first African-American department chair of Harvard Medical School. Born in New Jersey, he graduated with his M.A. in 1947, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in 1952 becoming the first African-American to get a doctoral degree from this Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard. Amos would later go on to become a presidential advisor to Richard Nixon. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2020 #historymakers #history ##thefirstafricanamerican #africanamerican #microbiologist #harvardmedicalschool #breakingcolorbarriers #thefirstblack

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Mary Church Terrell was a true #pioneer for African-Americans, particularly #Blackwomen. She was one of the first Black women to earn a bachelor’s degree (1884), and to go on to earn her master’s degree (1888). She taught in the Latin Department at the M Street school—the first African American public high school in the nation. In 1896, she was the #firstBlackwoman in the United States to be appointed to a major city school board, serving in the District of Columbia until 1906. Terrell was also #thefirstAfricanAmerican admitted to the Washington (DC) Branch of the American Association of University Women. Late in her life, she helped set in motion the desegregation of restaurants in Washington, D.C., and was able to witness the passing of Brown v. Board of Education before her death. Her home in Washington, D.C., is now a #NationalHistoricLandmark. . . Also, I feel like the second picture is the look every #teacher or social worker gives you.

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Keenen Ivory Wayans is a comedian, and filmmaker, who's mostly known for being the creator of the sketch comedy series In Living Color. Originally from New York, Wayans attended Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship, but one semester before graduation, he dropped out of school to pursue comedy. Wayans wanted to produce a variety show, similar to Saturday Night Live, with a cast of people of color that would take chances and push boundaries with it's content, hence In Living Color was born. The show was responsible for launching the careers of many future stars as well as his own siblings or the Wayans Family. He has produced, directed and written several films, starting in 1987 with Hollywood Shuffle, which he co wrote. In 2000, he became the first African-American director to direct a film to gross over $100 million at the box office when he directed Scary Movie, which was written by his younger brothers. The film would go on to gross $278 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2020 #inlivingcolor #thewayansfamily #scarymovie #keenanivorywayans #filmmaker #director #hollywoodshuffle #breakingcolorbarriers #televisonandfilm #fox

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In 1949, Jesse Blayton successfully purchased WERD AM radio in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the first radio station owned and programmed by African Americans. Not only was he a businessman, but Blayton was also a professor, activist, and accountant. In 1928 Blayton successfully passed the Georgia accounting examination, which made him the first African-American in the state of Georgia to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the fourth black CPA in the history of the United States. Blayton used his radio platform to publicize the civil rights movement  by acting as an outlet for information about the movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would often visit the studio to announce the activities of the SCLC, which shared the same building as WERD. In 1995, Blayton was posthumously entered into the National Radio Hall of Fame. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2020 #radio #blackowned #werd #atlantageorgia #blackhistorymonth #sclc #martinlutherkingjr

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Cheryl Adrienne Browne Hollingsworth was the first African-American to participate in the Miss America Pageant. This was a major accomplishment due to there once being a rule that prohibited anyone of color from being a contestant. Though she was not able to break into the top 10, her participation in itself was historic. She paved the way for following generations to rise and shine, and for the first time in the history of beauty pageants, all five major title holders Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all Black women. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackwomen #africanamericanwomen #beautypageant ##missamerica #cherylhollingsworth #breakingbarriers #breakingcolorbarriers

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Lowell Perry was a man of many first. As a former NFL player he became the first African-American  assistant coach in the NFL, as well as being the first African American to broadcast an NFL game to a national audience. Later he would go on to become Chysler's first African-American plant manager. From 1975 to 1976, he served as the Commissioner of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after being appointed by President Gerald Ford. He also served on the board of the NFL Board of Charities. #blackhistorymonth2020 #blackhistory #nfl #thefirstafricanamerican #chrysler #broadcaster #lowellperry

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#Repost @bnixjr23 with @make_repost ・・・ This being the last day of Black History Month, I definitely want to end it on a high note. I had an opportunity to interview actor, Thom Gossom, Jr., who was the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University. He's a Birmingham native who graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School and walked on as a wide receiver for the Tigers. He graduated from Auburn in 1975 and has gone on to have a successful acting career. Gossom spoke of his time at Auburn, playing for Coach Shug Jordan, and the difficulties that he faced during his time there. His story truly moved me and I'm thankful for all of those who came before me, and paved the way for me to do the things that I'm able to do. Auburn University will be awarding Gossom with a Lifetime Achievement Award this upcoming weekend. To watch the video copy and paste the link below!!! https://vimeo.com/320527035 #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #historymakers #birmingham #birminghamalabama #alabama #auburn #auburnfootball #auburnuniversity #actor #intheheatofthenight #thomgossomjr #shugjordan #pavingtheway

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This being the last day of Black History Month, I definitely want to end it on a high note. I had an opportunity to interview actor, Thom Gossom, Jr., who was the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University. He's a Birmingham native who graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School and walked on as a wide receiver for the Tigers. He graduated from Auburn in 1975 and has gone on to have a successful acting career. Gossom spoke of his time at Auburn, playing for Coach Shug Jordan, and the difficulties that he faced during his time there. His story truly moved me and I'm thankful for all of those who came before me, and paved the way for me to do the things that I'm able to do. Auburn University will be awarding Gossom with a Lifetime Achievement Award this upcoming weekend. To watch the video copy and paste the link below!!! https://vimeo.com/320527035 #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #historymakers #birmingham #birminghamalabama #alabama #auburn #auburnfootball #auburnuniversity #actor #intheheatofthenight #thomgossomjr #shugjordan #pavingtheway

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Julie Dash is a film director, writer and producer. Dash began her study of film in 1969 at the Studio Museum of Harlem’s Cinematography Workshop, with a special interest in foreign film. After she had written and directed several shorts, her 1991 original story and screenplay, Daughters of the Dust became the first full-length film directed by an African-American woman to obtain general theatrical release in the United States. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust on the National Film Registry. This distinguished film joined 400 other American-made films that are being preserved and protected as National Treasures. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2019 #filmmaker #film #filmmaking #cinematographer #cinematography #daughtersofthedust #juliedash #filmandtelevision #nationalfilmregistry #libraryofcongress #director #writer #blackgirlmagic

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Phylicia Rashad, first gained fame for her work on the television series "The Cosby Show", as Claire Huxtable. She made her first appearance on Broadway in 1972 and had minor roles in the hit musicals The Wiz and Dreamgirls before making the transition to television. In 2004 she starred as Lena Younger, the matriarch of a struggling family in 1950s Chicago, in the play A Raisin in the Sun. For her role, she became the first black actress to win the Tony Award for Best Actress. She reprised her A Raisin in the Sun role in the 2008 television adaptation. She has also appeared in the films For Colored Girls, Good Deeds, Creed, and Creed II. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #television #film #thetonys #tonyawards #thetonyawards #tonyawardwinner #broadway #araisininthesun #thecosbyshow #phyliciarashad #thefirstblackactress

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Oscar Robertson, "The Big O", became the first African American to win a major national player of the year award in college basketball, playing for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Robertson would go on to play point guard in the NBA and was a 12-time All-Star and 11-time member of the All-NBA Team. He was also the recipient of the league MVP award. In 1962, he became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season. His playing career, especially during high school and college, was plagued by racism. Despite his success on the court, southern university programs such as those of Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina did not recruit black athletes, and road trips to segregated cities were especially difficult, with him often having to sleep in college dorms instead of hotels. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory2019 #culture #basketball #nba #tripledouble #oscarrobertson #thebigo #thefirstafricanamerican #leaguemvp #cincinnatibearcats #milwaukeebucks #civilrights #blackathletes

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In light of the Oscar's, I figured that I would recognize Ron Stallworth, who in the late 1970s, became the Colorado Springs Police Department's first black policeman and first black detective. He's famously known for infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. He spoke with local klansmen and with national Grand Wizard David Duke over the phone while a white officer assumed the role in person. Together, Stallworth says, the two cops prevented several cross burnings and exposed top-security NORAD personnel in the Klan ranks. The story was kept under wraps for decades, until Stallworth retired from police work in Salt Lake City in 2005 and talked to a reporter. Stallworth went on to write a book, based on his experiences in which filmmaker Spike Lee adapted into the movie "BlacKKKlansman" that is nominated for an academy award for best picture. #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #blackhistorymonth2019 #ronstallworth #coloradospringspolicedepartment #blackkklansman #spikelee #theoscars #academyawards #thefirstblackdetective

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William DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to win a gold medal in an individual competition in the Olympic Games. In 1924, Hubbard participated in the running long jump at the Olympic Games in Paris, France, where he won the gold medal. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #theolympics #theolympicgames #longjump #williamhubbard #williamdeharthubbard #goldmedal #olympicgoldmedal #olympicgoldmedalist #runninglongjump

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I've missed a few days lately, so I have a few post to catch up on. In 1919, James Wormley Jones joined the FBI, becoming the first known African-American special agent in the Bureau’s history. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #jameswormleyjones #fbi #specialagent

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Richard and Mildred Loving did not set out to become civil rights heroes. But the couple made history in 1967 when they found themselves in the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that would end prohibitions against interracial marriage in the United State. The Lovings, who married in Washington in 1958, were arrested that year when police raided their home in Central Point, VA. They were charged with violating a state law prohibiting marriage between people of different races. Prosecutors used the couple’s marriage certificate as evidence for the criminal charge of “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the commonwealth.” The couple sued, and after making their way through local and state courts, Loving v. Virginia was put before the Supreme Court, and in a unanimous decision the bans on interracial marriage were deemed unconstitutional. It would go on to become a landmark civil rights case in defense of marriage equality. It was a landmark victory for couples of different races, and in defense of marriage equality. The Lovings are often heralded as being the catalysts for making it happen. The last law formally prohibiting interracial marriage was overturned in Alabama in 2000. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #virginia #lovingvsvirginia #lovingvvirginia #richardandmildredloving #interracialmarriage #supremecourt #equality #civilrights

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Leroy Stover was the first African-American to serve as an officer of the Birmingham Police Department. He was hired in 1966 and reported for duty on March 30 of that year. He was shunned and verbally abused by other officers. Chief Jamie Moore even assigned older personnel to guard his safety. One of his first assignments was to go undercover to investigate illegal shot houses. Someone with access to his personnel files distributed his photograph to the shot house owners beforehand in an attempt to place him in danger. He survived the ordeal and, would later be transferred to the West Precinct, where he earned more respect from fellow officers. When he was barred from borrowing study materials for advancement tests, his fellow officers checked them out in their names so that he could use them. He advanced to sergeant in four years, then lieutenant, and then captain. He went on to complete a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at UAB. He was promoted as far as Deputy Chief before retiring from the department in 1998. In March of 2015, the new building for the Birmingham West Precinct office at Five Points Wesr was dedicated in honor of Stover. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #birmingham #birminghamalabama #alabama #civilrights #thefirstblack #police #policeofficer #leroystover #birminghampd

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Legendary singer-songwriter, record producer and record executive William "Smokey" Robinson, has been making and breaking records since 1960 when his group, The Miracles, released their first hit single, which was also Motown’s first million selling record, called “Shop Around”. The Miracles were one of the first acts to be signed to Motown Records. Over the next decade, Robinson and the Miracles produced 26 top 40 hits, including several top 10 hits like “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tears Of a Clown” and others. The band later changed their name to “Smokey Robinson & The Miracles”. Robsinson was one of the most coveted songwriters and wrote several hits for artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Contours and Stevie Wonder. In all, he is credited with writing more than 4000 songs. He also served as the Vice President of Motown Records until 1988. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #motown #motownrecords #themiracles #SmokeyRobinson #smokeyrobinsonandthemiracles #singer #songwriter #singersongwriter #producer #shoparound #musicalgenius

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Wally Amos started in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency, where he rose from mailroom clerk to agent in one year becoming the first African-American agent in the company's history in 1962. He prided himself on his ability to find the next new thing. As an agent, he signed Simon & Garfunkel and headed the agency's rock 'n' roll department. He was the first to book many of the top performers of that era including The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye. When he felt he’d gone as far as he could with William Morris he packed up his family and moved to the west coast. It was during this time that Amos learned to unwind on weekends by taking up a new hobby, which was baking chocolate chip cookies. Baking relaxed him and made him reminisce about his Aunt Della’s cookies. In 1975 he came up with the idea that he could sell his cookies as an entertainment personality. Borrowing $25,000 from friends, he opened The Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie store, on Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood, CA, that sold only cookies. Soon the he became a national personality known not only for his cookies but for his outgoing personality as well. In 1998, Keebler purchased the brand, but would keep Amos as the spokesperson. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #wallyamos #wallyamoscookies #famousamos #africanamerican #williammorrisagency #williammorris #chocolatechipcookies #entrepreneur #thefirstafricanamerican #simonandgarfunkel #marvingaye #thesupremes

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With this weekend being the NBA's All-Star Weekend, I thought that it was the perfect time to highlight Don Barksdale. Throughout his career, Barksdale broke the racial barrier time after time, in both professional basketball and as a radio announcer. As one of the first Black players in the NBA he became the first Black player chosen to play in the NBA All-Star game in 1953. Not only this, before his time in the NBA, he was the first to be named NCAA All-American in 1947, as well as the first to play on a United States men's Olympic Basketball team and the first to win gold. Being a man of many first, Barksdale also became the first black radio disc jockey in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1948. blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #nba #nbaallstargame #film #basketball #breakingbarriers #allamerican #disney #olympicbasketball #ncaa #donbarksdale

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James Baskett was the first African-American male to win an Academy Award. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Remus in Disney’s 1946 picture Song of the South. Baskett was awarded a special Academy Award “for his able and heartwarming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and storyteller to the children of the world.” Walt Disney was impressed with his talent and offered him the job on the spot for the lead role of Uncle Remus. This was one of the first Hollywood portrayals of a black actor as a non-comic character in a leading role in a film meant for general audiences. During the time of the premiere in Atlanta, Baskett was not allowed to attend, because Atlanta was racially segregated by law. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #academyaward #academyawardwinner #film #songofthesouth #uncleremus #jamesbaskett #disney #waltdisney #actor #hollywood

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In 1964, David Harris became the first African-American Airline pilot when he was hired by American Airlines. He was also the first to be promoted to Captain. Harris joined American Airlines, after serving as a B-52 pilot for the U.S. Air Force. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #pilot #davidharris #americanairlines #airlinepilot #flight

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In 1963, Cicely Tyson starred in the CBS drama 'East Side/West Side', becoming the first African-American to star in a TV drama. Tyson has consistently taken on roles of positive African-American women in television series' such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and King. She is the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actor's Guild Award, one Tony Award  and an honorary Academy Award. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #television #entertainment #entertainer #cicelytyson #missjanepittman #eastsidewestside #actress #cbs #tv #tvshow #pavingtheway #cbsdrama #film #awardwinning #primetimeemmy

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In 1948, Bob Howard hosted The Bob Howard Show on CBS, making him the first African-American to host and be featured on a regularly broadcast network TV show. Although the program was cancelled after only thirteen episodes, The Bob Howard Show was primarily a one-man operation in which Howard sang and played the piano. Aware of the demands of the then new medium, Howard knew how to play to the camera. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican television #entertainment #entertainer #bobhoward #thebobhowardshow #tvhost #cbs #tv #tvshow #pavingtheway #singer

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Ruth Carol Taylor was a journalist and nurse, who became the first African American airline flight attendant in the United States when she joined Mohawk Airlines in 1958. While she is best known for her achievement in the airline industry, she spent much of her career as an activist for minority and women’s rights and was significantly involved in covering the 1963 March on Washington. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #mohawkairlines #ruthcaroltaylor #airlineflightattendant #keepthedreamalive #africanamerican

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Jane Bolin was a trailblazing attorney who not only was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, but she was also the first to join the New York City Bar Association, the New York City Law Department, and in 1939 became the first African-American female judge in the United States, serving on New York's Family Court for four decades. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #yalelawschool #janebolin #africanamerican #africanamericanfemalejudge #trailblazerss

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Max Robinson broke racial barriers in the media industry when he became the first black television anchor in Washington, D.C., and again when he joined ABC's World News Tonight serving as co-anchor alongside Frank Reynolds and Peter Jennings from 1978 until 1983. He achieved these feats all while being a vocal proponent of fighting racial injustice in America and more positive portrayals of African Americans throughout his career, making him a role model for those who followed in his footsteps. Robinson was also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ). #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #broadcasting #broadcaster #journalism #nabj #abcworldnews #racialinjustice #maxrobinson #newsanchor #television #journalist #blackjournalist

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Isaac Hayes was a singer-songwriter, and producer, as well as one of the creative forces behind the soul music label Stax Records. His credits include performing, composing, writing, acting and producing, but he's probably best known for the "Theme From Shaft", in which he became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Musical Score and the first African-American artist to have an album certified platinum with "Theme from Shaft." He became the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field covered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The musical score also won a Golden Globe, two Grammies, the NAACP Image Award and the Edison Award, which is Europe's highest music honor. #righton #blackhistorymonth #blackhistorymonth2019 #blackhistory365 #blackhistory #staxrecords #isaachayes #soul #soulmusic #shaft #canyadigit #blackmoses #thefirstafricanamerican #singersongwriter #producer #themefromshaft #shutyomouth

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Oscar Adams Jr. was the first African American Supreme Court Justice appointed in Alabama and the first African American elected to a statewide constitutional office. Adams litigated many civil rights and labor cases, and his clients included Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Fred Shuttleworth’s Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, and the NAACP. He also became the first African American to join the Birmingham Bar Association, and later founded his own law firm with James Baker and U. W. Clemon (Adams, Baker and Clemon) one of the foremost law firms to litigate civil rights cases in the 1960s. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #historymakers #thefirstafricanamerican #supremecourtjustice #alabama #birmingham #birminghamalabama #oscaradams #mlk #martinlutherkingjr #sclc #naacp

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This is a feature that I did with Ron Buford, who's the young boy featured in the photo standing behind the tree as they were being sprayed with water hoses in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights movement. Today Ron is an executive at Alabama Power. It was a pleasure to meet him and have the opportunity to talk to him and his 94 year old mother, and to share their story. Full video in bio!!! #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #thecivilrightsmovement #kellyingrampark #bullconnor #justiceandequality #equality #filmmaking #filmmaker #cinematography #cinematographer #director #postproduction #editing #directing #producer #waterhoses #editing #ourstories #undercoverentertainment #makinghistory #birmingham #birminghamalabama #alabama #civilrightsmovement

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Oscar Micheaux is regarded as the first major African-American feature filmmaker. Micheaux’s importance for Black culture and American cinema cannot be overstated. He produced and directed over 40 feature films, represented an ostracized segment of the population, and has been described as "the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century". Micheaux paved the way for many African-American filmmakers to come including myself. #grateful #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #oscarmicheaux #filmmaker #film #director #directing #silentfilm #movies #thefirstblackfilmmaker #cinema

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Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., was the first African American selected to be an astronaut.  He was also a test pilot and senior United States Airforce pilot with over 2,500 flight hours. Several months after he began his astronaut training, Lawrence was a passenger on a training flight aboard an F104 Starfighter jet when it made a too-low approach and hit the ground. Lawrence died instantly. He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously for his service to his country. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #astronaut #blackastronaut #roberthenrylawrencejr

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Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. was an American fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who became the first Afican-American to reach the rank of four-star General in the the armed forces. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #4star #fourstargeneral #chappiejames

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Bill White is a former MLB player whose historic career spanned from the batter's box to the broadcast booth where he broke barriers in baseball broadcasting, becoming the first African-American to do play-by-play for a Major League team, as from 1971-88, White was one of the voices of the Yankees. Not yet done making history, when his broadcasting career ended after the 1988 season, White would go on to become the National League President, replacing Bart Giamatti. This position also made White the first black man to head any major league sports position. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #billwhite #mlb #breakingbarriers

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Dr. J. Robert Gladden became the first African-American to be elected a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1951, forging a great path for other Black orthopedic surgeons after becoming the first board-certified African-American surgeon on Jan. 22, 1949. Adding to these achievements, Dr. Gladden was the first non-white physician to perform surgery in King George’s Hospital in Bermuda. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #drrobertgladden

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Lillian E. Fishburne, is the first African American woman to become a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. She was appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral by President Bill Clinton and was officially promoted on February 1, 1998. Fishburne retired from the Navy in February 2001. #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackhistory365 #history #thedream #blackhistory2019 #blackhistorymonth2019 #thefirstafricanamerican #lillianfishburne

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Patricia Bath is the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology (the study of diseases and disorders of the eye) in 1973 and the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986. Read more about Patricia Bath: https://www.biography.com/people/patricia-bath-21038525 #celebratingblackhistorymonth #blackhistorymonth #blackpride #melanin #blackamerican #blackculture #africanamerican #blackpower #beingblackrock #blackhistory #thefirstafricanamerican

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Please like and share December 26, 1985 - #JackieOrmes, the first African American female cartoonist, died. Ormes was born Zelda Mavin Jackson August 1, 1911 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. She started in journalism as a proofreader for the Pittsburgh Courier. In 1937, her one-panel comic strip “Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem” first appeared in the Courier. Ormes moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1942 and began writing articles and a social column for the Chicago Defender. At the end of World War II, her one-panel cartoon “Candy” appeared in the Defender for a few months. In August, 1945, Ormes returned to the Courier with the cartoon “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” which ran for eleven years. In 1947, she contracted to have a Patty-Jo doll produced. It was the first African American doll to have an extensive upscale wardrobe. Today, the dolls are highly sought after collectors’ items. In 1950, she developed a multi-panel comic strip “Torchy in Heartbeats” which ran until 1954. Ormes retired from cartooning in 1956 and devoted the remainder of her life to the Southside Chicago community, including being a founding member of the board of directors of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Her biography, “Jackie Ormes: #TheFirstAfricanAmerican Woman Cartoonist,” was published in 2008. #dailyblackhistoryfacts #blackhistory365 #BlackGirlMagic #afroart #giftedhands #blackexcellents

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Congratulations to my FIL, aka Pro, Collis Benton Temple, Jr on getting inducted into the 2017 LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He paved the way during integration for so many to play a game that many of us love at a collegiate level. He was the first African American to play basketball at LSU. #legacy #family #barrierbreaker #thefirstafricanamerican #thetemplelife

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Did you know that Actress Nichelle Nichols worked and recruited for NASA #startrek #dreamers #thefirstwoman #thefirstafricanamerican #heros #museumofscienceandindustry #chicago

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Remembering #thurgoodmarshall born on today's date in 1908. Marshall was a lawyer best known for his high success rate arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling segregated schools unconstitutional. He was appointed as a Justice on the Supreme Court in 1967 and serving until 1991. The 96th Justice and the first African American #americanhistory #blackhistory #blackamerica #blackamerican #blacklivesmatter #blackamericanhistory #thefirst #thefirstafricanamerican #thefirstblackman

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Repo@ @hofstralaw_blsa #TheFirstAfricanAmerican #CecilFPoole #Cecil.F.Poole TheFirstAfricanAmericanUSAttorney ; FirstAfricanAmericanUSDistrictJudge , Northern District of #California , and FirstAfricanAmericanCircuitJudge , U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. #Poole #Graduated from HighSchool in WashingtonDC and then earned an A.B. and LL.B. from the #UniversityOfMichigan in 1935 and 1938. He also received an LL.M from #HarvardLawSchool . After PearlHarbor Poole was Drafted into the #Army . During the #War he was selected to attend OfficerCandidateSchool at #MaxwellAFB , #Alabama . Upon receiving his commission Poole was assigned to TuskegeeAirForceBase , where he served as a military lawyer. Poole was never sent overseas before WorldWarII ended. After his discharge from the Military , Poole embarked on a CivilianLegalCareer that spanned more than fifty years and included service as a FederalLabor #RelationsLawyer and as a Prosecutor in SanFrancisco . In 1961, PresidentJohnFKennedy appointed Poole the #UnitedStatesAttorney for the Northern District of California , making him the first African American U.S. Attorney in the continental #UnitedStates . In1976 , #PresidentGeraldRFord successfully appointed Poole to that #court , making him the first African American federal judge in #NorthernCalifornia . In1980 , #PresidentJimmyCarter appointed Poole to be a #JudgeOnUSCourtOfAppeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he served until his death. #USA #America #BlackHistory for you #BlackPride #EveryDay of the #Year #365 #364 #HeDidThat 👊👏👏👏👣❤🍀♠♥😎💃💃💃✊🎓🎩📚📰📃✉💯 #Legal

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This is just a play on history and stereotypes, I mean no offense to those whom struggled before us. #TheFirstAfricanAmerican #Jokes #Stereotypes

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