At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Vonetta Flowers won the gold medal in the two-woman bobsled, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
As one of the foremost American writers of the 20th century, James Baldwin explored various subjects, including race relations, the arts, and love, in works that always showed his strong moral conscience. His writing made him a leading intellectual figure during the years of the civil rights movement.
"Challenges come so we can grow and be prepared for things we are not equipped to handle now. When we face our challenges with faith, prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary, to let go, we are demanding our power be turned on." - Iyanla Vanzant, Yoruba priestess and the author.
Black History continues 2 February 2013 on TV with Angela Bassett in the role of Mrs. Coretta King.
Vanessa Williams: Miss America 1983, the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
Diahann Carroll made a number of films during her career and was nominated for an Academy Award for Claudine in 1974. It wasn’t until she was cast as the lead in Julia in 1968, however, that Carroll became a bona fide celebrity. The role made her the first African American woman to star in her own TV series. She was nominated for an Emmy for Julia in 1969 and won the Golden Globe Award in 1968
Bill Cosby was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Navy, and later dropped out of college to become a stand-up comedian. Cosby's first acting assignment, in the espionage series I Spy (1965-1968), made him the first black actor to star in a dramatic role on network television. Cosby's most successful work, The Cosby Show, appeared on NBC from 1984 to 1992,
Aretha Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, the fourth of five children of a Baptist preacher and a gospel singer. A gifted singer and pianist, Franklin went on tour with her father's traveling revival show and later went to New York and signed with Columbia records. Over time she released singles that would become classics. She has won 18 Grammys and continues to perform.