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Debi Thomas was the first African-American to hold U.S. National titles in ladies' singles figure skating. At the peak of her skating career, Debi was also a pre-med student at Stanford University. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000 and currently practices medicine as an orthopedic surgeon.
With the perfect hourglass figure, backless dresses & silver tinted hair, jazz singer Joyce Bryant became known as "The Bronze Bombshell" AKA The Black Marilyn Monroe. She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a 'sex-symbol'. She made her way to the stage in 1940. It was there she gained national and international acclaim for her earthy, sultry tone and figure flattering costumes.
February 27, 1988 Debi Thomas (figure skater) becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.
Miss Charlotte Cooper became the first female Olympic champion in history, with two tennis victories in the ladies’ singles and the mixed doubles. It was only as of these Games in Paris that women were allowed to take part in Olympic competitions. 1900 Olympics
Vonetta Flowers - Bobsled First African-American to win a gold medal in the winter Olympics.
Geronimo. Born June, 1829. Member of the Bedonkohe Apache tribe in No-doyohn Canon, Arizona, near present day Clifton, Arizona. Was called Goyathlay (One Who Yawns.) In 1846, when he was seventeen, he was admitted to the Council of the Warriors, married a woman named Alope, and the couple had three children.
"Mae Jemison Became 1st Black Woman To Fly In To Space in 1992. Jemison fulfilled a lifelong dream she held ever since she was a small girl in Chicago by becoming the first African-American woman to fly into space. She graduated in 1977 with a dual degree in chemical engineering and African-American Studies, Jemison later obtained a Doctor of Medicine in 1981 from Cornell University and travelled to developing countries to provide primary care."