Cheryl Dunye is a filmmaker, tv director, and producer. The Watermelon Woman in 1996, her feature length debut, was the first feature-length narrative film written and directed by out black lesbians about black lesbians.Read more "Cheryl Dunye"
Wentworth Cheswell was the 1st black person to be elected to public office, as town constable in Newmarket, New Hampshire in 1768.Read more "Wentworth Cheswell"
Sophia Danenberg is the first black person of any gender to reach the peak of Mount Everest in 2006.Read more "Sophia Danenberg"
Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez first person of African descent and first person of Cuban descent to travel in space in 1980.Read more "Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez"
Barbara Smith is a lesbian professor, writer, and poet. Founder of Kitchen Table Press in 1980 and “Stop Islamophobia” website.Read more "Barbara Smith"
Daniel Hale Williams was the 1st physician of any race, to successfully perform open-heart surgery in 1893. He also founded Provident Hospital in Chicago.Read more "Daniel Hale Williams"
Thulani Davis born in 1949 is a professor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, writer and poet. In 1992 she was the first woman to be awarded a Grammy for album notes for Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul–The Atlantic Recording. She also wrote June Jordan’s obituary in the Village Voice.Read more "Thulani Davis"
Willy T. Ribbs was the 1st black Formula One racecar driver, 1986.Read more "Willy T. Ribbs"
Rose Morgan born in 1912, died in 2008. In 1942 she owned the largest black beauty parlor in the U.S. In 1965 she was one of the founders of New York’s only black-owned commercial bank, the Freedom National Bank. Her marriage to boxer Joe Louis was annulled.Read more "Rose Morgan"
Teddy Seymour was the 1st black man to sail around the world, 1987.Read more "Teddy Seymour"