African American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America

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Spanning colonial days to the present, African American Firsts is a clear reflection of a prideful legacy, a celebration of our changing times, and a signpost to an even greater future. From ground-breaking achievements to awe-inspiring feats of excellence, this definitive resource reveals over 450 ""firsts"" by African Americans in fields as diverse as government, entertainment, education, science, medicine, law, the military, and the business world. Discover the first doctor to perform open heart surgeryand the youngest person to fly solo around the world. Learn about the first African Americans to walk in space, to serve two terms as President of the United States, and many other wonderful and important contributions often accomplished despite poverty,discrimination, and racism.