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Celebrating Black History Month: February 9

African American Women History Month | Celebrating Black History Month: Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Norma Sklarek In 1954, became the first African American woman licensed to practice Architecture in the United States. In 1980, she was the first woman to be elected Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 1985, she became the first African American women to form her own architectural firm.

Gail Fisher (August 18, 1935 – December 2, 2000) was an American actress who was one of the first African American women to play substantive roles in American television. She was best known for playing the role of secretary "Peggy Fair" on the television detective series Mannix from 1968 through 1975, a role for which she won two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award, becoming the first African American woman to win the Emmy.

Gail Fisher (1935-2000) was one of the first African American women to play substantive roles in American television. She's best remembered for playing secretary 'Peggy Fair' on the detective series Mannix (1967-75, CBS).

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.