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Mary Eliza Mahoney Was America's First Black Nurse

Mary Eliza Mahoney, America's First Black Nurse

Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American to study and work professionally as a nurse in the U.S. Aside from being in the medical field for almost 40 years, she was also an advocate of women's rights back in her time.

The History of the First Black Flight Attendants

Ruth Taylor, the first Black flight attendant in the U.S.

According to Jet Magazine, 26-year old Ruth Taylor from New York City was the first African American hired to be a flight attendant in January 1958. She worked for Mohawk Airlines, a regional passenger airline that operated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. from the mid-1940's until its acquisition by Allegheny Airlines in 1972.

Meet the Black Surgeon Who Performed the First Successful Open Heart Surgery

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

An open heart surgery is one of the most delicate and dangerous surgeries imaginable, and they require the utmost skill even in today’s modern operating rooms. That is what makes it even more amazing to know that the first surgeon to perform an open heart surgery did so before the turn of the 20th century! Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American man, managed just that feat in the astonishing year 1893.

These Three Black Women Helped America Get to the Moon First

Mary Jackson, Katerine Goble Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn

The United States landing on the moon, and winning the space race against the Soviet Union, is one of the most famous events in American history. Unfortunately until recently, many people were completely unaware of the important contributions made by Black women in helping us get to the moon.

Ida B. Wells is the First Black Woman With a Street in Chicago Named After Her

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells, an iconic African-American journalist, author, and civil rights activist, is the first African-American woman to have a major street in the city of Chicago, Illinois named after her.

Flip Wilson Was the First Black Comedian to Star in a Successful Variety TV Show

The Flip Wilson Show

Tyler Perry is a genius and has made history in many ways in film, stage plays and television with his infamous Madea character. However, there were others before him who paved the way for African American comedians. In fact, Flip Wilson brought out Geraldine long before other comedians playing women made their mark.

That Time Tom Joyner Interviewed Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye and Tom Joyner

Marvin Gaye is an American musical legend, responsible for some of the most iconic Motown hits of all time. His songs live on to this day as all-time classics, still beloved by those around to see them debut and winning new fans in those too young to have had the pleasure. When Gaye comes on in a playlist it’s a guarantee that everyone around is about to have a good time.

The State of California Was Originally Named After a Black Queen Named Calafia

Queen Calafia of whom the state of California was named after

Many people regard California as a land of golden opportunity, where people go to make dreams come true in the fields of entertainment, technology, agriculture, and industry. However, many Californians would probably be surprised to know that their home state was named after a strong and self-sufficient Black queen named Calafia (sometimes spelled Califia) who ruled over a golden island in Muslim mythology.

Sarah Rector Was Just 11-Years Old When She Became the Richest Girl in America in 1913

Sarah Rector, the richest Black girl in America

Sarah Rector was born in 1902 in Taft, Oklahoma. She came from very humble beginnings, but later became the wealthiest Black girl in the country at the young age of 11. Her family were African American members of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Indian Territory.

Arthur Ashe Was the First Black Man to Win Wimbledon and the US Open

Arthur Ashe

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943 while the South was still strictly segregated, tennis player Arthur Ashe went on to become the first, and so far the only, Black man in history to win singles titles at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, as well as the Australian Open.


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Top Black History Museums and Cultural Centers:
There are hundreds of Black history museums in the United States that preserve artifacts, records, documents, and more related to African Americans. They vary in size and popularity, but all of them have exclusive exhibits and collections that millions of people from all ethnic backgrounds take interest in. [Find one to visit...]



Top Black History Organizations and Projects:
There are many organizations and projects that are dedicated to African American history. These include foundations and other educational initiatives. All of them typically have the common goal of preserving Black culture and heritage for those who are interested in gaining more awareness about the African American experience over the past 500 years or longer. [Learn more...]



The History of Black History:
The heritage and experience of African Americans that typically dates back to the mid 1500's when Black people were captured in Africa and brought against their will to America to become slaves. After nearly 400 years of slavery and dehumanization, African Americans were eventually freed but were oppressed, discriminated against, and were initially not even recognized as legal citizens of the United States. [Learn more...]