Celebrating Black History Month

February 1, 2019

Happy Black History Month!  Here are just a few amazing facts about our rich history.


-Maynard Jackson, who entered Morehouse College at 14 and graduated with honors from law school in 1964, was the first Black mayor of Atlanta Georgia.

-In 1984, Dr. Alexia Canada became the first Black woman in America to perform neurosurgery.

-Shirley Chisholm, elected in 1968 as a representative from New York, was the first Black woman to ever serve in the U.S. Congress.

-In 1993, Dr. David Satcher became the first Black director of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.

-Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery in America on January 31st, 1865.

-Walthal Moore was the first Black legislator of Missouri.  He was elected in 1920.

-In 2001, Ruth J. Simmons became the first Black and first female president of Brown University.

-"He who learns, teaches" is a popula saying in Ethiopia.

-In the American Revolution, African Americans served in both the colonial and British ranks.

-Elizabeth Phillips was the first female Black overseas war correspondent.  She worked during World War II.

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