Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Janet Collins was the first and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.

Janet Collins was the first and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.

~f͓̽o͓̽l͓̽l͓̽o͓̽w͓̽ y͓̽o͓̽u͓̽r͓̽ h͓̽e͓̽a͓̽r͓̽t, a͓̽n͓̽d͓̽ w͓̽h͓̽i͓̽l͓̽e͓̽ y͓̽o͓̽u͓̽r͓̽ a͓̽t͓̽ i͓̽t͓̽, f͓̽o͓̽l͓̽l͓̽o͓̽w͓̽ Savluvsu14!

~f͓̽o͓̽l͓̽l͓̽o͓̽w͓̽ y͓̽o͓̽u͓̽r͓̽ h͓̽e͓̽a͓̽r͓̽t, a͓̽n͓̽d͓̽ w͓̽h͓̽i͓̽l͓̽e͓̽ y͓̽o͓̽u͓̽r͓̽ a͓̽t͓̽ i͓̽t͓̽, f͓̽o͓̽l͓̽l͓̽o͓̽w͓̽ Savluvsu14!

Lucy Ann Stanton, the first black American woman to receive a four-year college degree. Born in Cleveland on Oct. 16, 1831, she entered Oberlin College in the mid-1840s. She became president of the Oberlin Ladies Literary Society and in 1850 delivered the graduation address entitled "A Plea For The Oppressed," an anti-slavery speech.

Lucy Ann Stanton, the first black American woman to receive a four-year college degree. Born in Cleveland on Oct. 16, 1831, she entered Oberlin College in the mid-1840s. She became president of the Oberlin Ladies Literary Society and in 1850 delivered the graduation address entitled "A Plea For The Oppressed," an anti-slavery speech.

Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African American female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue a legal education and career. Since graduating from law school and being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Claudia has conducted numerous empowerment & legal education outreach and training to organizations in both the U.S. & St. Thomas USVI.

Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African American female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue a legal education and career. Since graduating from law school and being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Claudia has conducted numerous empowerment & legal education outreach and training to organizations in both the U.S. & St. Thomas USVI.

Linda Brown was the "Brown" in the 1954 Supreme Court case known as Brown vs. Board of Education. The Court reversed the 1897 Plessy vs. Ferguson decision and held that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

Linda Brown was the "Brown" in the 1954 Supreme Court case known as Brown vs. Board of Education. The Court reversed the 1897 Plessy vs. Ferguson decision and held that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

Jayne Kennedy - ground-breaking, ahead of her time, consummate professional, the first African American woman to grace the cover of Playboy, the first woman to join the staff of CBS Sports’ “NFL Today,” the first Black Miss Ohio.

Jayne Kennedy - ground-breaking, ahead of her time, consummate professional, the first African American woman to grace the cover of Playboy, the first woman to join the staff of CBS Sports’ “NFL Today,” the first Black Miss Ohio.

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