William Grant Still was the first Black person to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television. He is often referred to as "the Dean" find his music: http://www.williamgrantstill.com/

William Grant Still was the first Black person to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have a symphony performed by a leading orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company, and the first to have an opera performed on national television. He is often referred to as "the Dean" find his music: http://www.williamgrantstill.com/

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http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2014/08/things-stop-distracted-black-person-gets-murdered-police/

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On November 6,1880, George Poage was born. He was the 1st African American athlete to win a medal in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. He passed in 1962, aged 82.

On November 6,1880, George Poage was born. He was the 1st African American athlete to win a medal in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. He passed in 1962, aged 82.

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John Lewis Wilson was the only black person appointed to a team of seven architects to design the Harlem River Houses in New York. Wilson came from a prominent Mississippi family. He was the first black student to attend Columbia University’s School of Architecture in 1923.  Source: Blacks Firsts: Groundbreaking Events in African American History

John Lewis Wilson was the only black person appointed to a team of seven architects to design the Harlem River Houses in New York. Wilson came from a prominent Mississippi family. He was the first black student to attend Columbia University’s School of Architecture in 1923. Source: Blacks Firsts: Groundbreaking Events in African American History

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The Mis-Education of The Negro (by Dr. Carter G. Woodson)  Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and training

The Mis-Education of The Negro (by Dr. Carter G. Woodson) Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and training

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Shirley Verrett, a special voice Date:  Sun, 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett was born on this date in 1931. She is an African American opera singer and one of the leading sopranos in the world.

Shirley Verrett, a special voice Date: Sun, 1931-05-31 Shirley Verrett was born on this date in 1931. She is an African American opera singer and one of the leading sopranos in the world.

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Barrington Irving is the first African American to fly solo around the world and, as of 2010, the youngest person to complete the feat. He made his flight at the age of 23. Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 11th, 1983

Barrington Irving is the first African American to fly solo around the world and, as of 2010, the youngest person to complete the feat. He made his flight at the age of 23. Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 11th, 1983

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...First African American Before US Supreme Court February 1, 1865 John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became in 1865 the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives.

...First African American Before US Supreme Court February 1, 1865 John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became in 1865 the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives.

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William Hall was the first Black person, the first Nova Scotian and one of the first Canadians to receive the British Empire’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. (from the Nova Scotia Museum)

William Hall was the first Black person, the first Nova Scotian and one of the first Canadians to receive the British Empire’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. (from the Nova Scotia Museum)

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