Inspired by Alice in Wonderland
The History Channel has compiled a short list of Black History facts, most of them famous firsts in African American history. Check how many you already knew.
NAACP: Has been around for more than 100 years. The NAACP was started by a group of African American leaders who joined together to form a new civil rights organization. It was founded on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.
Supreme Court Justice: Thurgood Marshall was the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and served on the court from 1967 to 1991.
Self-Made Millionaire: Madam C.J. Walker was born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana and became wealthy after inventing a line of African-American hair care products. She established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories and was also known for her philanthropy.
Population Growth: The black population of the United States in 1870 was 4.8 million; in 2007, the number of black residents of the United States, including those of more than one race, was 40.7 million.
Oscar Winner: In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award—the film industry’s highest honor—for her portrayal of a loyal slave governess in Gone With the Wind.
Into Space: In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. During her eight-day mission, she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a co-investigator on a bone cell experiment.
White House: In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African-American president in U.S. history. He occupied the White House for two consecutive terms, serving from 2009 to 2017.
In order to fully celebrate Black History Month, we are embracing the theme set out for this year, “Black Migrations".
Graphic illustration by Dan Talsky (Source)
The Black History Month 2018 theme, Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinatinos and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. (Read More)