Black History Month


Dr. Guy Bluford: First Black Man in Space

Dr. Guy Bluford, Jr. is known for being the first African American in space. Bluford was part of the third flight for orbiter Challenger in 1979.



Naomi Sims: The First Black Supermodel

Naomi Sims, who was widely credited as the first African American supermodel, is today’s Black History Month icon.


Halle Berry and Diahann Carroll (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Diahann Carroll: Shattering Stereotypes on TV

Although many point toward “The Cosby Show” as the television show that shattered black stereotypes, it’s Diahann Carroll and the 1968 series “Julia” that did it first.



Oliver Otis Howard: Black Education Advocate

Howard University is one of the nation’s cornerstones of black education, and it likely wouldn’t be here if not for the work of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard.



George Washington Carver: Inventor Extraordinaire

He found 300 uses for peanuts, but that was just one of George Washington Carver’s many contributions to society.


Don Cornelius.  (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Don Cornelius: An Icon of Soul

‘As always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul.’ Don Cornelius became a television pioneer and cast a brighter light than ever before on soul music.


Robert L. Johnson, founder and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), became the first African-American majority owner of a U.S. professional sports franchise when the National Basketball Association announced he'd be the owner of a new NBA franchise in Charlotte, N.C. at a press conference in New York 18 December, 2002.   (Credit: HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Robert Johnson: First Black Billionaire

As the creator of the nation’s first black cable television network BET, Robert Johnson became the first African American billionaire and the first black person listed on any of the Forbes world’s richest lists.


Ike Turner poses with his Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for 'Risin' With The Blues' in the press room at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. (Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Turner and Brenston: Pioneers of Rock & Roll

The black community’s contributions to hip-hop, jazz and R&B music are widely known, but did you know black artists are also credited with writing and performing the first rock and roll song?


Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Dorothy Cross, great niece of the first African American heavyweight boxing champion John Arthur "Jack" Johnson, Cross's daughter Constance Hines, and family friend Betsy Victoria listen as Cross's daughter Linda Haywood. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jack Johnson: The Stuff of Boxing Legend

Boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, was born to former slaves in 1878.


(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Eartha Kitt: ‘Most Exciting Woman in the World’

Kitt was born on a cotton plantation in South Carolina in the late 20’s. She made a name for herself as an actress, singer and cabaret star.



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