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African American Firsts

These sites include information about African-American firsts in literature, sports, politics, education, music, etc. Significant contributions of African-Americans in contemporary and past history have been identified. Includes a quiz and eThemes resources on Famous African American Inventors and Scientists, African American Contributions, and Black History month.


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Browse these links to find out about the first African-American diplomat, Nobel Prize Winner, Olympic winner, baseball player, and billionaire, etc. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site lists African-American Firsts in chronological order from 1761 to 2007. NOTE: The site includes a link to a discussion forum.
Take this quiz to see what you know about African-American Firsts. NOTE: The site includes ads.
The Newwark Public Library holds an exhibition to recognize six African-Americans who reached the pinnacle of achievement.
Read this introduction of Phillis Wheatley who is considered to be the first important black writer in the United States. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This site has different games to test your knowledge of African-American Firsts.
This site lists first African-American Ph.D.s in the science fields.
Learn about Oprah Winfrey through a mini-movie. Oprah Winfrey is the first African-American to own her own television and film production company.
This mini-movie is about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the modern major baseball leagues.
Learn about the life and career achievements of the first female African American astronaut.
This site includes biographical information and photographs of the first African-American champion of Wimbledon.
Learn the life and achievement of the first African-American Pulitzer Prize winner. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Earl Lloyd is the first African American basketball player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Here is information about Authur Mitchell's dancing journey as the first African-American principle dancer in Major Ballet Company. NOTE: This site includes ads.
The first African-American congresswomen. She was also the first African American to run for president of the United States.
David Dinkins was the first African-American major of New York City. This site includes his biographical information and the interview transcript.
This site accompanies the Ken Burns documentary about Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World. Read about his life or watch an interactive feature on the "Battle of the Century" between Johnson and retired champion Jim Jeffries. NOTE: Content may not be suitable for younger students.
These sites are about African American inventors and scientists, their lives and achievements, and impacts on American technology advancement and industries. Also includes biographies, activity ideas, games, lesson plans, audio clips, and timeline. There are links to eThemes Resources on George Washington Carver, Famous Americans: African Connections, and Inventions.
These sites give biographical information on African Americans. See paintings and photographs and take an online quiz. eThemes Resources on Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, George Washington Carver, Dred Scott, Ruby Bridges, and African American firsts are linked.
These sites are about Black History Month. Learn about the contributions of African Americans in different fields. Includes quizzes, an interactive timeline, and other activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on the Negro baseball league, famous African Americans, the Emancipation Proclamation, the slave trade, and the Missouri Compromise.

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