Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy MLK Day STL

Since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. African Americans have been striving towards making all of his dreams come true. While there have been a few moments were it seemed as if we were peddaling backwards, there were plenty of us who kept pushing forward. I found a list of african american first and I thought I would share some of them here.
1983
First African-American astronaut: Guion Stewart "Guy" Bluford, Jr. (Challenger mission STS-8).[28]
First African-American mayor of Chicago: Harold Washington
First African-American Miss America: Vanessa L. Williams
First African-American WWE Tag Team Champions: Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas
First African-American to appear on MTV via music video: Michael Jackson
1987
First African-American woman, and first woman, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Aretha Franklin
1990
First elected African-American governor: Douglas Wilder (Democrat; Virginia) (See also: P. B. S. Pinchback, 1872)
First African American elected president of the Harvard Law Review: Barack Obama (See also: 2008)
First African-American Miss USA: Carole Gist
1993
First African American woman appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy: Hazel R. O'Leary
First African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature: Toni Morrison
First African-American woman named Poet Laureate of the United States: Rita Dove, also the youngest person named to that position
First African American appointed Surgeon General of the United States: Joycelyn Elders
First African-American woman to win a national chess championship: Kimberly McClelland
1997
First African American to win a Grand Slam event in golf: Tiger Woods (The Masters)[31]
First African-American model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition: Tyra Banks
2001
First African-American Secretary of State: Colin Powell
First African-American president of an Ivy League university: Ruth J. Simmons at Brown University, also the first permanent female president of Brown.
First African-American woman to win the ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year award: Beyoncé Knowles
First African-American woman to be appointed National Security Advisor: Condoleezza Rice (See also: 2005)
First African-American billionaire: Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television
2002
First African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress: Halle Berry (Monster's Ball, 2001)
First African-American Winter Olympic gold medal winner: Vonetta Flowers (two-woman bobsleigh). (See also: Shani Davis, 2006)
2004
First African American to win Broadway theater's Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play: Phylicia Rashād
First African-American female billionaire: Oprah Winfrey
2008
First African American to be nominated as a major-party US presidential candidate: Barack Obama, Democratic Party
First African American to referee a Super Bowl game: Mike Carey (Super Bowl XLII)
First African-American woman elected Speaker of a state House of Representatives: California Rep. Karen Bass
First African-American governor of New York State: David Paterson (elected as lieutenant governor, succeeded on resignation of previous governor)
First African American to own a movie and TV studio: Tyler Perry
First African American elected president of the United States of America: Barack Obama
First African American to be nominated as United States Attorney General: Eric Holder

5 Comments:

ms. stlstill said...

wow didn't know we had done so many things

Anonymous said...

Ok I had no clue that someone like Beyonce would be on the first list.

ICEE said...

I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON U LADIES TO BRING IT.....I CAN HONESTLY SAY I LEARNED A FEW THINGS TODAY!!!! SO BLACK SOOOOOOOOO PROUD OF MY PPL!!!

ANONYMOUS.....BE PROUD OF BEY ITS MLK DAY!!!

Anonymous said...

The icing on the cake is Obama for sure. All of the others did great but having him as our president goes down as the number one number one thing for me

Lea Mishell said...

I didn't see Tony Dungy as the first African American NFL coach to win the Super Bowl...