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Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking & Pioneering Historical Events

by Jessie Carney Smith
£17.99   paperback  Visible Ink Press (2013)

Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking & Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Events.
 
Barack Obama, Colin Powell, and Pinkney Benton Stewart Pinchback each achieved a political first. Jackie Robinson, Tiger Woods, and Lloyd David Ward each achieved a sports first. Black Firsts is a testimony to the rich but often overlooked history of black life in America — and throughout the world.
 
This new edition collects and celebrates the thousands of world-moving people and hard-to-find facts and accomplishments that have helped shape society and culture. It recognizes and honors both renowned and lesser-known barrier-breaking trailblazers in all fields — arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, invention, journalism, religion, science, sports, music, and more. With more than 350 photos and illustrations, this vital collection includes thousands of personal victories and triumphs. Revel and rejoice in the hard work accomplished by these men and women who overcame adversity and difficulties. Read about change, progress, and the pioneers, such as ...
 
Who was the black explorer who joined the Lewis and Clark expedition?
 
Who was the black hero who sacrificed himself at the Boston Massacre, an event that would help inspire the American Revolution?
 
Which two songs by Black Americans are the first to reach outer space?
 
Who were the Tuskegee Airmen and why are they so famous?
 
Why was Hattie McDaniel’s performance in Gone with the Wind significant?
 
Who was the author of a book of poetry that won the first Pulitzer Prize awarded to a black American?
 
What famous inventor and agronomist has a national monument named after him in Diamond, Missouri?
 
What movie featured the first black female lead in a Disney animated feature?
 
Who was the first black American athlete to win gold in the Olympics gymnastics all-around competition?
 
Who was the first black American depicted on a postage stamp?

ISBN 13: 9781578593699 | ISBN 10: 1578593697