Black History Month
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, who was widely credited as the first African American supermodel, is today’s Black History Month icon.
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.
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.
He found 300 uses for peanuts, but that was just one of George Washington Carver’s many contributions to society.
‘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.
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.
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?
Boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, was born to former slaves in 1878.
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.