Damali Ayo sent out this challenge and I decided to accept. I am going to tell ten (10) Black History Firsts and Facts. Listen and learn.
1. 1869-Howard University becomes the first Black Law School.
2. Madame CJ Walker-The first Black (woman) millionaire. She also created hair care products to assist in straightening Black hair.
3. 1966- Constance Baker Motley was the first Black woman judge appointed to a federal bench.
4. 1821- Thomas L. Jennings was the first Black patent holder. His patent was for dry-cleaning process. In 1885, Sarah E. Goode became the first Black woman to receive a patent. Her invention was a bed that folded into a cabinet.
5. 1773, Phillis Wheatley was the first Black (woman) published poet.
6. 1957, Althea Gibson was the first Black (woman) to play and win Wimbledon and the United States National Tennis Championship.
7. 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first Black licensed pilot.
8. 1876-Edward Bouchet was the first Black to receive a Ph.D from Yale University.
9. 1992-Dr. Mae Jemison was the first Black female astronaut.
10. 2001-Colin Powell was the first Black United States Secretary of State.