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Oldest Law School in the U.S. Hires First Ever African-American Dean

A. Benjamin Spencer, first African American dean at William & Mary Law School

A. Benjamin Spencer is the first African American to become the dean of William & Mary Law School located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Founded in 1779, the institution is the oldest law school in America.

This 11-Year Old Boy Scored Higher on His IQ Test Than Bill Gates and Albert Einstein

Ramarni Wilfred

In 2014, 11-year old Ramarni Wilfred from London, UK took a Mensa test and was told that he had a higher IQ level than Steven Hawking, Bill Gates and even Albert Einstein. All of them have an IQ of 160, but Ramarni scored 162 on the test putting him in the top 1% in the UK.

The First Black Woman Soccer Player to Be Inducted into the Hall of Fame

Briana Scurry, first Black woman soccer player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Briana Scurry is widely recognized as one of the world’s most talented and influential goalkeepers. Her 173 international appearances as one of the first African-American professional female soccer players helped significantly diversify the sport.

At 11-Years Old, He Became the Youngest Student Enrolled at His College

Elijah Precciely, 11-year old student at Southern University

When he was just 8-years old, Elijah Precciely started taking business, biology, and physics courses at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three years later in 2018 when he turned 11, he became the youngest person to be enrolled as a full-time student at the university. Even more, he received a full-ride scholarship, and began majoring in Physics.

At 17-Years Old, She Became the Youngest Black Golfer to Turn Professional

Ginger Howard, youngest Black golfer to turn professional

Meet Ginger Howard from Darby, Pennsylvania, who made history as a professional golfer when she was still a teenager. In 2010, at the age of 17, she became the youngest African American to turn professional and win her debut tournament. She won 5 events on the SunCoast Mini Ladies Tour, and was the first African American in history to earn a spot in the Junior Ryder Cup.

Meet the Only White Owner of a Negro League Baseball Team

J.L. Wilkinson, only white owner of a Negro League Baseball team

J.L. Wilkinson, born in 1878, was the only white man among the eight team owners in the first official Negro League. In fact, he actually created the very team he owned, The Kansas City Monarchs.

Meet Dehlia Umunna, Harvard Law School’s First Nigerian Professor

Dehlia Umunna, Harvard’s first ever Nigerian Law professor

In 2015, Dehlia Umunna made history as Harvard’s first ever Nigerian Law professor. She has since served as deputy director and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI).

Student Makes History as Princeton University’s First Ever Black Valedictorian in 274 Years

Nicholas Johnson, first Black Valedictorian at Princeton University

In April 2020, Nicholas Johnson, who belongs to the 2020 class of Princeton University, made history after he became the first African American student to ever be named valedictorian in the school's history. According to the University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, he is also the first valedictorian in the department’s 21-year history.

Everything You Need to Know About the Tuskegee Experiment

Participant in The Tuskegee Experiment

The Tuskegee Experiment, a controversial clinical study carried out between 1932 and 1972, was an experiment conducted on primarily African American men in Macon County, Alabama. These men were being used to study the effects of untreated syphilis, but did not give consent nor were they properly advised of their diagnosis.

Miami Police Once Shot an Unarmed Black Man Who Had His Hands Up

Charles Kinsey, African American therapist shot by Miami police with hands up

In July 2016, 47-year old Charles Kinsey, an African American behavioral therapist from Miami, Florida, was shot and nearly killed by an officer while holding his hands in the air and complying with the police. He was even lying on the ground.


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Top Black History Museums and Cultural Centers:
There are hundreds of Black history museums in the United States that preserve artifacts, records, documents, and more related to African Americans. They vary in size and popularity, but all of them have exclusive exhibits and collections that millions of people from all ethnic backgrounds take interest in. [Find one to visit...]



Top Black History Organizations and Projects:
There are many organizations and projects that are dedicated to African American history. These include foundations and other educational initiatives. All of them typically have the common goal of preserving Black culture and heritage for those who are interested in gaining more awareness about the African American experience over the past 500 years or longer. [Learn more...]



The History of Black History:
The heritage and experience of African Americans that typically dates back to the mid 1500's when Black people were captured in Africa and brought against their will to America to become slaves. After nearly 400 years of slavery and dehumanization, African Americans were eventually freed but were oppressed, discriminated against, and were initially not even recognized as legal citizens of the United States. [Learn more...]