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July, 29 1991, Physician Bernard A. Harris, Jr. becomes an astronaut. On February 9, 1995, he became the first African American to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk), during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights.

Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908–1998) photographed the events and daily life of African Americans for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s most influential Black newspapers.

African-Americans and the U.S. Navy - The "Golden Thirteen" In February 1944, the Navy commissioned its first African-American officers. This long-hoped-for action represented a major step forward in the status of African-Americans in the Navy and in American society. The twelve commissioned officers, and a warrant officer who received his rank at the same time, came to be known as the "Golden Thirteen".

Honoring Ruth Lucas

The first African American woman to be promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in Arlington National Cemetery. Ruth Alice Lucas was born in Stamford, CT, in Nov. of 1920. A 1942 graduate of what is now Tuskegee University in Alabama, she went on to receive a master’s degree in educational psychology from Columbia University in 1957. Colonel Lucas organized and implemented literacy programs to increase the education levels of service…

Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African American in aviation history.

Charles V. Bush dies at 72; first black Supreme Court page

On May 17, 1954 the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court issued its 8-0 decision, Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation throughout the United States. Just a few months later, Warren and the Court set the example when Charles V. Bush, then 14 years old, was selected as the first African American Supreme Court page.

. Lee Greene Richards (1878–1950) Nanny Holding a Baby 1911 While browsing the blog American Gallery over the weekend, I was stopped ...

James Baskett was the first African American man to receive an Academy Award. He was given an honorary Oscar for his portrayal of Uncle Remus and his voice work in "Song of the South." Baskett was not allowed to attend the film's premiere in Atlanta, Georgia because Atlanta's movie theaters were racially segregated.

The Honorable Thurgood Marshall (born Thoroughgood, he shortened it), chief counsel to the NAACP, Solicitor General, and 1st African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Ed. When he retired, he was reportedly unhappy about who George H. W. Bush would nominate in his place; it would later be Clarence Thomas…

One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Slave Revolt. Over 500 Africans, from 50 different nations with 50 different languages, would wage a fight against U.S. troops and the territorial militias. The revolt was put down by Jan. 11. The leaders were captured, placed on trial and later executed. Their heads were cut off and placed on spikes that stretched over 60 miles.