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    Hose Company No. 4 | 1919 African American fire fighters stationed at Hose Company No. 4, Los Angeles, CA

    Hose Company No. 4 | Fire fighters, Los Angeles, CA 1921 by Black History Album, via Flickr

    In 1921, the Greenwood Avenue district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was an exemplar of what a motivated African American middle class could accomplish. Dubbed, "The Negro Wall Street," Greenwood Avenue was populated by successful African American families, businesses, hospitals and churches. All this would change on May 31.

    Maj. Robert H. Lawrence, first African American Man in Space

    In 1917, five years after its inception, the first troop of African American girls was formed. This photo, taken in the late 1930s, is of the first African-American troop in the Dixie Region, which covered the Southern states. Source: Girlscouts.org

    Rosemary Roberts Cloud - the first African American Female Fire Chief in the United States.

    "STAGECOACH MARY" FIELDS: PIONEER WOMAN - Born a slave somewhere in Tennessee, she lived to become one of the freest souls ever to draw a breath. . .or a .38! Read her story in our blog! stargazermercanti...

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    19 Mar 41: The 99th Pursuit Squadron is activated, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the Army Air Corp. During WWII, African Americans in many US states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. #WWII #History

    African American Emergency Room workers try to save a Ku Klux Klansman who has been shot in Alabama.

    Dr. Eliza Ann Grier. Born a slave she became the first African American to practice medicine in Georgia

    Shirley Anita Chisholm - First African American woman in Congress and the first African American woman to run for President.

    Rosie the Riveter, African American style

    The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games as a result.

    Jane Bolin (1908 - 2007) was the first African American female judge in the United States. Her father, Gaius Bolin, the first African American graduate of Williams College, practiced law in Poughkeepsie. Bolin graduated from Wellesley College in 1928. She was the first black woman to graduate from Yale University School of Law and the first to be admitted to the New York City Bar Association.

    The first Black firefighter hired in Los Angeles! George Washinigton Bright was hired Oct 2, 1897 | African American Registry

    During the days of segregation, some businesses were only open to african american and people of color on certain days. Memphis Zoo was one of those establishments. Although this was still unfair, it is better than it being completely segregated.

    Queen Ranavalona III, Madagascar’s last Queen (1861 - 1917) Tagged "African kings" | AFRICAN, BLACK & DIASPORIC HISTORY

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    Willa Brown Chappell , born in 1906 . In 1938 , she became the first woman African American pilot licensed in the united states and in 1943 , the first African American Woman to possess a commercial pilot and mechanic's licence