Harlem's Hellfighters: The first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary force during World War One, the Harlem Hellfighters are commemorated throughout New York City with various streets named after them.
Charles Baker Inventor L S Radiator March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was an African American inventor and community leader most noted for inventing the gas mask, a traffic signal and a hair-straightening preparation. pinterest.com
Richard Robert Wright, Sr. (May 16, 1855 - July 2, 1947) was valedictorian at Atlanta University's first commencement ceremony in 1876. He served as the first president of the Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth, a historically black college in Savannah, Georgia which has been renamed Savannah State University. He was the first African American to serve as an Army paymaster.
Richard Robert Wright Sr., was born a slave on May 16, 1855. Despite his beginnings, Wright made remarkable contributions in education, banking, politics, civic affairs and real estate and became a post-reconstruction pioneer and trailblazer. Among his accomplishments he founded a university, high s
Richard Robert Wright: Founded National Freedom Day
Ernest Eugene Barnes, Jr., aka Ernie Barnes (July 15, 1938 - April 27, 2009), is "considered one of the leading African-American painters and is well-known for his unique style of elongation and movement, Ernie Barnes was also a former professional football player, actor and author".
Ernie Barnes (b1938 - d2009) was one of the most popular artists in the world. His depiction of the African American experience is unique and his vivid imagination is reflected in his artwork. Ernie was born in 1938 and began painting while playing college football at North Carolina College. He went on to play for five years in the NFL, then decided to call it quits and paint full-time. Many people recognize his painting called "Sugar Shack" from the classic TV sitcom Good Times.
The real-life Django: black Wild West marshal Bass Reeves who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men
The real-life Django: The legendary African-American Wild West marshal who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men Bass Reeves was born a slave in 1838 and later broke from his owner to live among Native Americans Reeves became a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1875 at the age of 38 During his 32-year career as a Deputy Marshal he arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men and was never shot
Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, captured 3,000 felons, (once bringing in 17 men at one time), and shot 14 men in the line of duty, all without ever being shot himself. He was also a black dude.
Ginger Howard: Youngest Black Female Golfer - has become a member of the LPGA at the right age of 17, the youngest ever. You may soon become well-acquainted with the million-dollar smile & formidable style that has been lighting up the ranks. Ginger follows other notable black golfers such as, tennis great Althea Gibson was the first black female to play on tour. Gibson broke through in 1963 and played in 171 tournaments until 1971.
Althea Gibson was born in South Carolina on August 25, 1927. At an early age, she developed a love of sport. Her great talent was in tennis, but in the 1940s and '50s, most tournaments were closed to African Americans. Gibson kept playing (and winning) until her skills could no longer be deni
Althea Gibson (August 25th 1927 - September 28th 2003) was an American tennis player. Gibson turned pro at the age of 31 and was the first black tennis player to win Wimbledon (in 1957) and the U.S. Open (in 1958). Aside from her success, she is most remembered for breaking the color barrier in professional tennis. She won a total of five Grand Slam titles.
Via ATA History: The USLTA color line was finally broken with prodding from within the association by Alice Marble & Edward Niles & from outside by the ATA. Dr. Robert Walter Johnson (pictured w/ Arthur Ashe), Dr. Hubert Eaton & Bertram Baker were among the key ATA officials in negotiations that in 1950 led to the United States Lawn Tennis Association’s acceptance of Althea Gibson’s application to become the 1st black player to ever compete in the U.S. Nat'l Championship at Forest Hills.
THE BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY:: BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " ROBERT WALTER JOHNSON " WAS AN AMERICAN PHYSICIAN AND FOUNDER OF THE AMERICAN TENNIS ASSOCIATION JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "
Born 2/29/1892, sculptor Augusta Savage fought poverty, racism and sexism to become a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her extraordinary talent opened many doors that led to her becoming one of the most influential black teachers of her time and a strong voice for civil rights for blacks.