Virginia State University was the 1st fully state-supported four-year institution of higher learning for blacks, 1882Read more "Virginia State University"
Charles L. Reason was the 1st black college professor at a predominantly white institution: New York Central College, 1849Read more "Charles L. Reason"
Mary Fields was the 1st black woman to work for the United States Postal Service in 1895.Read more "Mary Fields"
Ebenezer Bassett was the 1st black person to serve as a U.S. diplomat anywhere in the world, 1869.Read more "Ebenezer Bassett"
Barack Obama was elected the 1st black president of the United States, 2008.Read more "Barack Obama"
Robert Johnson is the 1st black male billionaire and founded the Black Entertainment Television (BET).Read more "Robert Johnson"
Nelson Mandela was a black nationalist and the 1st black president of South Africa (1994–99)Read more "Nelson Mandela"
Marie M. Daly was the 1st black woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States.Read more "Marie M. Daly"
Jason Collins, 1st male pro athlete to come out in U.S.Read more "Jason Collins"
Harriet Tubman was the 1st Black Heritage Stamp issued, 1978.Read more "Black Heritage Stamps: Harriet Tubman"