Black Firsts by Jessie Carney Smith
4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events

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A testament to a rich but often overlooked part of history, this work captures the stories of barrier-breaking African American pioneers in all fields—arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, invention, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. With hundreds of illustrations and a daily calendar of firsts, this chronicle reveals stories of those who overcame adversity to emerge triumphant and celebrates those who have won personal victories against the forces arrayed against them. A vital collection of more than 4,000 entries, this book is proof that the celebration of African American accomplishments is ongoing.


About Jessie Carney Smith

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Jessie Carney Smith is a noted author, biographer, and black studies scholar. She is William and Camille Cosby Professor in the Humanities at Fisk University in Nashville, where she also serves as the university librarian. Among her numerous awards are the 1992 National Women's Book Association Award, the Candace Award for excellence in education, and Sage magazine's Ann J. Cooper Award for her published works on African American women. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Published January 1, 2013 by Visible Ink Press. 849 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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