Ebony 6 hrs · Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first Black woman in the US to be awarded a PhD, and the first woman to be awarded her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (@PennLaw). She also served as the first President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. #EbonyBHM
African American Historical Photo Archive Page Liked · 7 mins · A native of Arcadia, Louisiana, James Cobb attended Straight University and Fisk University and studied law at Howard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 and began working for Howard University in 1917. Cobb was a member of the Washington Bar Association for black lawyers and a special assistant to the attorney general. In 1925 President Coolidge appointed him a municipal court judge; he was the only African…
Brown Girl Collective Linda Brown and her Sister Walking to School, Topeka, Kansas, March 1953. Photo by Carl Iwaski. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled on Oliver Brown et al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas and ended legal public-school segregation in the United States. This case was named for the fourth-grader Linda Brown--seen here at age ten, with her sister Terry Lynn, age six. Under segregation laws they were not allowed to attend the nearby New Summer School.
Dorothy Height While the name Dorothy Height is recognizable, many of her accomplishments are not. Height, who died recently in 2010 at the age of 98, was a social rights activist, administrator, and educator. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York University, Height later became active in fighting for social injustices. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.
He served under six presidents, was one of the first blacks elected to the Kansas State Senate, and was only the second African American to receive a Law degree from the University of Arkansas. He overcame great adversity, was a friend to Martin Luther King Jr. and was the brother of “Roots” author Alex Haley. The man, HistoryMaker George Haley, died last week in Kansas. He was 89. Haley attended Morehouse College in Atlanta with Dr. King, graduating in 1949. After receiving his bachelor’s…
World-renowned scientist Albert Einstein traveled to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where he gave a lecture to its then all-male student body. Lincoln, the first Historically Black College And University established in 1854, is the alma mater as such figures in Black History as Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall, and Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana. Einstein spoke of racism as "a disease that he could not be silent about.
In Observance of Black History Month, we’re proud to tell the story of Carroll Waters – the first African-American pilot hired at FedEx. As a young boy growing up in Wicomico, Virginia, Carroll Waters always thought the sky was the limit. At that time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President of the United States, the Great Depression was still impacting most of the nation and the struggle for civil rights was ongoing.
African American Historical Photo Archive Nathan Francis Mossell (July 27, 1856 – October 27, 1946) was the first African-American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1882. He did post-graduate training at hospitals in Philadelphia and London. In 1888, he was the first black physician elected as member of the Philadelphia County Medical Society in Pennsylvania. He helped found the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Training School in West Philadelphia.
Recently, we received information about a past HistoryMaker, educator Hamilton Hatter. Hatter (1856-1942) was the first president of Bluefield Colored Institute (now Bluefield State College) in Bluefield, West Virginia. Born c. 1856 in Jefferson County, Virginia, young Hatter had a brilliant mind and attended school in Charles Town, West Virginia. He became a skilled mechanic who constructed machines and plows; in 1893, at the age of 37, he received the patent for an intricate machine.