French figure skaters Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur - the first black figure skating couple to compete at the Olympic Games. Read more:

March 21, 1986: Debi Thomas becomes the first African American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship.--I love power skaters and Debi was definitely one! I especially loved her in the routine where she wore a black jumpsuit! I know she planned to become a doctor. Does anyone know if she ever did, and if so, what kind of doctor? I'd love to know.DD

Gabrielle Douglas- Gabby is the first woman of color of any nationality & the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion.

February 27, 1988 Debi Thomas (figure skater) becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.

I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live. - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

August 13, 1982 Shani Davis, speed skater and the first black athlete to win a Gold Medal in an individual Olympic Winter Games sport, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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Mary Smith, one of the first Black Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, 1970.

Although it's an incredibly chilling time in history, it's an amazing photo. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which were held in Nazi Germany.

Debi Thomas is the only African American who ever won a medal in the Olympics in figure skating.

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

Vonetta Flowers, First African-American Winter Olympic gold medal winner

Love against the odds: Mary's father threw her out when she decided to marry Jake, they have been happily married for 63 years

Bathing Cuties by Black History Album, via Flickr

First Black Playboy bunnies.

The Iconic Photo That Sent Shock Waves Throughout The World, 1968 Olympics

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. Image by Associated Press / AP

Black History - Dominique Margaux Dawes was first African American female to win an Olympic Gold medal in gymnastics. For more info, check out today's notes!

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The first Black pianist to win national fame was Thomas Greene Bethune, [Blind Tom]. He was also the first black artist known to have performed at the White House. Then about ten years old, he played the piano for President James Buchanan. Born a slave near Columbus, Georgia, Bethune’s talent as a composer and a pianist was soon recognized by Colonel Bethune, who had purchased him in 1850.

BEFORE THE WILLIAM SISTERS THERE WAS PETE AND REPEAT - Margaret and Matilda Peters, affectionately known as ‘Pete” and Repeat’. The Peters made history with their doubles record from the 1930s to the 1950s. At a time when African Americans were not allowed to compete against whites, the Peters sisters played in the American Tennis Association, which was created specifically to give blacks a forum to play tennis competitively. Inducted into the USTA’s Mid-Atlantic Section Hall of Fame in 2003...