John Johnson was the 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion from 1908 to 1915.
Barrington Irving Jr. was the 1st black pilot to fly solo around the world, 2017.
Shirley Ann Jackson is the 1st black woman to have earned a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1973
Ava DuVernay was the first black woman to win best director at Sundance, 2012.
Laverne Cox was the 1st black transgender person to play a transgender series regular on broadcast TV as Cameron Wirth on CBS's Doubt, 2017.