Black Firsts

Jedidah Isler is the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale University. Isler, who is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt…

Maggie Lena Walker was one of Richmond, Virginia’s most prominent Black businesswomen and is the first Black woman named as President of a banking institution.…

Poet, author, and educator Rita Dove is the nation’s first Black United States Poet Laureate, although some historians would give that distinction to Robert Hayden.…

Dr. Claudia L. Thomas made history when she became the first Black woman orthopaedic surgeon in the United States in 1980. Today, Dr. Thomas is…

The NCAA tournament is about to determine another college champion and usually around that time there’s one school that seems to always be in contention.…

Wayne Embry made history by becoming not only the NBA’s first Black general manager, but the first Black general manager of any of the four…

Black swimmers Simone Manuel, Lia Neal,(pictured, bottom middle) and Natalie Hinds achieved history recently by sweeping the NCAA Women’s Division I Championship. Manuel and Neal,…

Renowned author Langston Hughes once asked ‘What happens to a dream deferred?’ For most, that early desire is swallowed up by the realities of life…

Clara Stanton Jones and her career as a top librarian was born early on when she was a young girl in her native St. Louis.…

If you look at the makeup of the NFL today over 70% of its players are Black and have arguably reshaped the modern game. But…

Singer and entertainer Adam Wade made history on this day in 1975 by becoming the first African-American host of a nationally televised game show. The…

 Dr. James Frank was the first black President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Dr. Frank is also the former Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner.…