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Black Historians

First Black World Title June 27, 1890 George Dixon, born July 29, 1870 in Africville, (Halifax), Nova Scotia; becomes the first Black to hold a WORLD title in boxing. George beat Nunc Wallace in the Pelican Club in England recieved $4,250.00 - he was the only Black in the Club!


Saartjie Baartman (1790-1815) was known as The Hottentot Venus and was exhibited in carnival-like shows across Britain that sensationalized her unusual anatomy: she had steatopygia, an over-development of fatty tissue around the buttocks. After her death, her remains were preserved and exhibited in Paris until 1985. Her remains were finally returned to South Africa at the request of Nelson Mandela and received a proper burial in 2002.

What is your Diagnosis ? - Medical Cases

In 1947, Dr. Marie Daly became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry when she graduated from Columbia University. A trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, Dr. Daly researched the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease. #WomenInSTEM (Photo courtesy of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, D. Samuel Gottesman Library Archives).

The First Black Female To Become A Captain For A Commercial Airline. First officer Patrice Clarke never intended to write history. A UPS pilot, she never set out to be one of the first Black females to graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida with an aeronautical degree. Nor did she plan to be the only female professional pilot working; in her native country of the Bahamas. Ms. Clarke only wanted to be a pilot.

Black Women Airline Pilots

Jill Elaine Brown received her wings in 1978 as the first African American female pilot to fly for a major U.S. commercial airline. Ms. Brown, then 28, was one of six women to graduate in a class of 38 pilots from then Texas International Airline's training program.

Black Women Airline Pilots

Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray became the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 1977 at the age of 67, the first Black deputy attorney general in the state of California in 1945, the first African American to receive a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in 1965, and graduated first (and the only woman) in her Howard University Law School class in 1944.

Louis Freeman One Of Only Two Black Chief Of Pilots For A Major Air Carrier In The United States

Morgan Kirkaldy August 10,2007 Irene Morgan Kirkaldy passed away at age 90. She was a black woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat to white passengers triggered a landmark US Supreme Court decision more than 10 years before Rosa Parks gained recognition for doing the same.

Would you have had the courage to do this? An African American student eating lunch alone after being newly integrated into a high school. Location: Norfolk, VA, US Date taken: 1959 Photographer: Ed Clark Life Images

Singer Sissieretta Jones, often referred to as “The Black Patti” (in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti). Ms. Jones sang grand opera, light opera, and popular music. Click here to check out a short video from Carnegie Hall’s Youtube channel that talks about Ms. Jones and her accomplishments.

Colonel Carmen Amelia Robles, an Afro Mexican woman who was a leader in the Mexican Revolution. Legend has it that she participated in many battles and that she would shoot her pistol with her right hand and hold her cigar with her left.

Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, a leader of the Dahomey Amazons (Mino), "a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey..." At the end of the 19th century, the kingdom was conquered by the French, who claimed they were "hesitant" to fight the Amazons. "However...the French army lost several battles to them—not because of French 'hesitation,' but due to the female warriors' skill in battle that was 'the equal of every contemporary body of male elite soldiers from among the colonial powers.'"

BETTY BOOP - Origin Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, "Baby Esther," was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the The Cotton Club in Harlem. Singer Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and (COPIED or stole) Ms. Jones' singing style! for a recording of "I Wanna Be Loved By You." Ms. Jones' singing style went on to become the inspiration for Max Fleischer cartoon character's voice and singing style of BETTY BOOP, who was a Black Woman.

African-American Cavalrymen were known as Buffalo Soldiers. Black soldiers fought in Washington’s Army during the War of Independence, and served with Andrew Jackson at New Orleans in 1815. Late in 1861, Colonel T. W. Higginson took command of the First Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers, the first Black regiment in the service of the United States.

☥ The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia. According to the story, California was an island where only Black women lived. The women were the most powerful women in the world. When Cortez arrived in California, searching for this mythical queen, her influence on him was so severe, he paid tribute to this powerful Black Woman Queen Califia by naming the state after her. California literally means, “the land where Black women live."

Sojourner Truth - African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist.

Sojourner Truth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ca. 1867 "Flora Stewart of Londonderry, a negress, who died Aug. 17, 1868, at the age of 118. It is thus recorded in the published vital records of Londonderry, but few will believe it: she would have been 61 years old when her son George was born. This Flora Stuart was liberated from slavery about 1815 by some member of the Stuart family who had settled in Virginia... "

The first black Catholic bishop Rev. Joseph O. Bowers, as pictured in the 7 May issue of Jet Magazine, United States, 1953, photograph by David Jackson.