Benjamin O. Davis, Sr was the 1st black general, 1940.
Andrew Young was the 1st black U.S. Representative to the UN, 1977.
Tarea Hall Pittman, a black woman and civil rights activist, helped desegregate the Oakland Fire Department in 1952.
Amy Sherald is the 1st black female artist commissioned for US first-lady portrait to be displayed in the Smithsonian, 2018.
Vinnette Justine Carroll was the 1st woman Broadway director; Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, 1972.