Vocalist Frankie Lymon (1942-1968) became the first black American teen heartthrob. He also inspired a number of younger musicians, including Michael Jackson. Born in Harlem, he became a singer of doo-wop, performing with his friends for donations ...
Posted Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 2:51PM
The first known black regular lecturer in the antislavery cause and the first major black abolitionist was Charles Lenox Redmond (1810-73). His fame soared, following a triumphant tour of England. He was one of the seventeen members of the New Engl ...
Posted Monday, September 12th 2011 at 4:13PM
In 1968 Gordon A. Parks Sr. (1912-?) produced The Learning Tree, and he helped to break down racial barriers in Hollywood when he became the first black to produce, direct, and score a film for a major studio, Warner Bros. The film, Seven Arts, was ...
Posted Friday, September 9th 2011 at 4:45PM
In 1954 Norma Merrick Sklarek (1928-?) became the first black woman registered architect in New York State. In 1962 she became the first black woman licensed in California. She was also the first black woman fellow of the American Institute of Arch ...
Posted Thursday, September 8th 2011 at 3:24PM
Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931) performed the world’s first successful heart operation on July 9, 1893. The open-heart surgery was executed at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, a hospital that Williams founded. He opened the chest of James ...
Posted Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 1:47PM
Charlotta Bass (1880-1969) is thought to be the first woman to own and publish a newspaper in this country. She bought the California Owl in 1912 and ran it for some forty years. Bass was the Progressive Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1952, ...
Posted Tuesday, September 6th 2011 at 3:54PM
Your President, Barack H. Obama, born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. While living with his grandparents, Obama enrolled in the esteemed Punahou Academy, excelling in basketball and graduated with academic honors in 1979. As one of only thre ...
Posted Thursday, September 1st 2011 at 5:48PM
Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994) was the first black to win the National Book Award for his novel, Invisible Man. Written in 1952, the book deals with a black man’s “place” in a white man’s world. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he studied at Tuske ...
Posted Tuesday, August 30th 2011 at 3:02PM
Jack Johnson (1878-1946) knocked out Tommy Burns on December 26 in Sydney, Australia, in the fourteenth round to become the first black heavyweight boxing champion. He lost only five of his first ninety-seven fights. Born in Galveston ...
Posted Monday, August 29th 2011 at 3:01PM
The Brandford Modeling Agency, founded by Edward Brandford (1908-?) was the first licensed black modeling agency in the country. Their models were known as “Brandford Lovelies.” Brandford was born in Jamaica, British West Indies, and was apprentice ...
Posted Friday, August 26th 2011 at 3:39PM
In 1921 the Pace Phonograph Company, which used the Black Swan label, was the first record company owned and operated by a black. It was established in January 1921 by Henry Pace (1897-1943), who had been owner of a music publishing company with W.C ...
Posted Thursday, August 25th 2011 at 3:15PM
In 1966 Spottswood Robinson (1916-98) became the first black judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Virginia Union University in Richmond for a while, but entered Howard University ...
Posted Tuesday, August 23rd 2011 at 2:10PM
In 1890 Ida Gray Nelson Rollins (1867-1953) became the first black woman to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree in the United States. She graduated from the University of Michigan in June. Nelson Rollins was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. Her ...
Posted Monday, August 22nd 2011 at 2:47PM
Cheyney State College sometimes referred to as the oldest black college in the United States, had its beginning in 1832. Richard Humphreys, a Philadelphia Quaker, willed $10,000 to a board of trustees to establish a school for blacks. A school for ...
Posted Wednesday, August 17th 2011 at 4:30PM
By Dom Apollon:
“In the United States, people who work hard generally succeed in life.”
You could argue that those 12 simple words sum up the theory of American life since the nation’s founding, and studies show wide agreement across demographi ...
Posted Wednesday, August 17th 2011 at 3:25PM
In 1903 Maggie Lena Walker (1865-1934) became the first black woman president on July 28, when she founded the Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia. The bank began as an insurance society in which Walker became active at the time of ...
Posted Monday, August 15th 2011 at 3:02PM
By Joye Griffin Mary Williams:
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) today announced that the nation's largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, has awarded good-through-graduation college scholarships to this year's coh ...
Posted Wednesday, May 4th 2011 at 12:44PM
By Charlene Mikaelian:
Dante Lee, the 29 year old Internet media mogul who is the founder of Diversity City Media and the co-founder of Lee Moss Media, has officially launched his first overseas business venture. Lee has opened an office in downtown Manila, Philippines - the country's capital - ...
Posted Thursday, April 28th 2011 at 4:41PM
Party with people from NY, ATL, NC, SC, LA, FL, OH, IL, TN, KS, MI, TX, CA, NJ, CT, KY, IN, VA, and other countries as we invade Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic for year number 4!
As we say every year...What goes on in the Dominican stays in t ...
Posted Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 2:44PM
Hey HBCUConnect members!!!
I'm here to help connect you to your future internship and/or career opportunity that's out there waiting for you. Here's a list of employers who want to hear from you and hire you!
>Comcast--IT, Telecommunications, Sales, Marketing
>PPG Industries--Engineering, ...
Posted Thursday, March 31st 2011 at 4:09PM
U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson along with Presidential appointee Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Director of the U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency, will host a presser and Superfund site tour in Davis , California at noon today. In case you have not ...
Posted Wednesday, February 23rd 2011 at 1:22PM
The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement at Jackson State University will host a three-day conference featuring Minister Louis Farrakhan, Shirley Sherrod and Myrlie Evers-Williams on its 1400 John R. Lynch St. campus March 23-26.
Posted Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 at 6:08PM
Baltimore, MD – February 16, 2011 - The city of Baltimore is world renowned for its rich African-American history and for being one of the focal points of the 20th century struggle for civil rights. In celebration of this rich history and for Black ...
Posted Friday, February 18th 2011 at 2:13PM