Today in Black History, 1/4/2014 - Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse in the United States. For more info, check out today's blog!

Today in Black History, 1/4/2014 - Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse in the United States. For more info, check out today's blog!

Janet Collins was the first and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.

Janet Collins was the first and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.

I really like this picture. It looks like they just finished singing a really hearty song.

I really like this picture. It looks like they just finished singing a really hearty song.

In a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license.

In a time of both gender and racial discrimination, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license.

Stunning Vintage Photos Show the Beauty of African-American Women from between 1920s-40s via vintage everyday

Stunning Vintage Photos Show the Beauty of African-American Women from between 1920s-40s via vintage everyday

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Katherine Johnson, photographed at Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Virginia. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician Who Advanced Human Rights with a Slide Rule and Pencil

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator, the first female pilot of African American descent, and the first person of African American d...

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator, the first female pilot of African American descent, and the first person of African American d...

"Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American women to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles."

"Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American women to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles."

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