Black History: Nathan Francis Mossell
Nathan Francis Mossell (1856-1946) was the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He established the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Training School, which was the first African American hospital in Philadelphia. In addition to being the first African American member of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, Mossell was the co-founder of the Philadelphia …
Black History: Bill Pickett
Black history fact for 2/9: William Pickett, aka: Bill, Will, Willie (1870-1932) – Of black and Cherokee Indian descent, Bill Pickett was one of the first great rodeo cowboys and is credited with inventing the sport of bulldogging.
Black History: Clara Stanton Jones
Black history fact for 2/8: Clara Stanton Jones was the first African American president of the American Library Association. A graduate of Spelman, she spent most of her professional career with the Detroit Public Libraries, of which she became the first Black, and the first woman, director in 1970.
Black History: Augusta Savage
Black history fact for 2/7: Augusta Savage was an American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was also a teacher whose studio was important to the careers of a generation of artists who would become nationally known. She worked for equal rights for African Americans in the arts.
Black History: Norma Merrick Sklarek
Black history fact for 2/6: Norma Merrick Sklarek was the first African American woman to officially pass her exam and become an architect in both New York (1954) & California (1962). In 1980, she also became the first African American woman to fellow with the American Institute of Architects.
Black History: Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield
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Black History: Edward Orval Gourdin
Black history fact for 2/4: Edward Orval Gourdin (1897-1966) was the first person of any race to long-jump more than 25 feet, surpassing that distance by 3 inches in a college international meet at Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 23, 1921. This year he also became the first African American to win the pentathlon in the National Amateur Athletic Union championships. In …
Black History: William Wells Brown
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Black History: Jack L. Cooper
Black history fact (for 2/2): Jack L. Cooper (1889-) was a Black radio pioneer and ventriloquist. He used the comedy routine he emulated to claim that he was “the first 4 negroes on radio”. In 1927, he originated a community news broadcast in Chicago about black Americans called, “The Negro Hour”. It was a pioneering achievement that set precedents in …
First Day Of Black History
Hey there Kings and Queens! I’m late with my black history post, so I need to post for each day I’ve missed. Black history fact for 2/1: James William Charles Pennington (1807-70) was the author of the first history of black people written by an African-American for children entitled, “The Origin and History of the Colored People.”