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First in African American History


Nubianpoets.com presents for your review just a few of the many Firsts in African American History.

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas in 1972, Barbara Jordan became the first African American Congresswoman from the Deep South to be elected and re-elected. Before her election to Congress, she was the first African American woman to serve as a Texas State Senator.

Oprah Winfrey is the first African American woman to own a television production company.

Madam C. J. Walker was the first self-made African American female millionaire. Madam C.J. Walker devised a hair care and grooming system to meet the needs of African American women in 1905.

Hattie McDaniels was the first African American to win an Academy Award, as the best supporting actress for the movie "Gone with the Wind."

In 1872, Charlotte Ray graduated from Howard Law School and became the first African American female lawyer in the United States.

On February 6, 1820, the first organized emigration to Africa began when 86 free African Americans left New York.

Dr. Maya Angelou was the first African American streetcar conductor in San Francisco, California.

In 1933, Ruth Ella Moore received a Ph.D. in Bacteriology from Ohio State University, becoming the first black female to do so.

Alfred Oscar Coffin was the first African American to recive a Ph.D. in Zoology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1889.

Arthur Ashe Jr. was the first African American male to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Ashe was also the first African American Davis Cup participant. He did not only leave a legacy on tennis, but aso left a legacy as a scholar and social activist who cared about human rights.

Vanessa Williams was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983.

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