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African American History | Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones | First African American to sing at Carnegie Hall

Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, known as Sissieretta Jones, (January 5, 1868 or 1869[1] – June 24, 1933[2]) was an African-American soprano. She sometimes was called “The Black Patti” in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones’ repertoire included grand … Continue reading

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African American History | Malia & Sasha Obama| The First African American First Daughters

Malia Obama and Sasha Obama Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann /məˈliːə/, born on July 4, 1998,[7] and Natasha (known as Sasha /ˈsɑːʃə/), born on June 10, 2001.[8] They were both delivered by their parents’ friend Dr. … Continue reading

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African American History | Joe Louis Knocks Out Max Schmeling

When Joe Louis faced off against Max Schmeling in 1938, the whole world was abuzz. Two years before, the German Schmeling had defeated the African-American boxer, leading Nazis to brag that Aryans were indeed the superior race. Given this, the … Continue reading

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African American History |Aesha Ash | Ballet

Aesha Ash was born in Rochester, New York, and started dance at the age of five. At 13 years old she enrolled at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She joined the New York City Ballet at … Continue reading

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African American History | Studio Museum in Harlem | First fine-arts museum devoted to African-American work

The Studio Museum in Harlem  is an American contemporary art museum in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, New York. It was founded in 1968 as the first such museum in the U.S. devoted to the art of African-Americans,[1] … Continue reading

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African American History | Sly Stone| Sly and the Family Stone was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music.

Sly and the Family Stone were an American rock, funk, and soul band from San Francisco. Active from 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. Headed by singer, songwriter, record producer, … Continue reading

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African American History | Mary McLeod Bethune| First African American female federal agency head

Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875 – May 18, 1955) was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, that eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and for being … Continue reading

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African American History | Doug Williams |First African American quarterback to start and win in the Super Bowl

Douglas Lee “Doug” Williams (born August 9, 1955) is a former American football quarterback and head football coach of the Grambling State University Tigers. Williams is best known for his MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins. … Continue reading

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African American History | Sherian Cadoria | First Black Female General in the United States Army

Sherian Grace Cadoria (born January 26, 1943 in Marksville, Louisiana) was the first black female general in the United States Army and the highest ranking female at the time of her retirement in 1990 with the rank of Brigadier General. … Continue reading

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African American History |Jeanine McIntosh Menze| First African American female U.S. Coast Guard aviator

Jeanine McIntosh Menze  holds the distinction of becoming the first African-American female in the United States Coast Guard to earn the Coast Guard Aviation designation. At the time of her graduation, she was the first African-American female aviator in the … Continue reading

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