Mae C. Jemison became the first female African-American space traveler in the United States, according to NASA.

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Black Pearl | People of the African Diaspora | 1870 Unidentified Afro-Brazilian Woman. Photography by Alberto Henschel Pernambuco

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Pin for Later: Simone Manuel Makes History as the First Black Solo Swimmer to Win Gold

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Paul Robeson (1898-1976) Paul Robeson was a famous African-American athlete, singer, actor, and advocate for the civil rights of people around the world. He rose to prominence in a time when segregation was legal in the United States, and Black people were being lynched by racist mobs, especially in the South.

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44 Years later Tommie Smith and John Carlos, 1968 Olympic medal winners. Famous black power Olympics medal podium protest. (I LOVE IT)

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