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Maurice Ashley becomes the 1st Black chess player attained the rank of International Grand Master. Maurice Ashley, a Jamaican immigrant, received the rank (given only to 500 worldwide). A graduate of New York City College, Ashley learned chess with a chess group known as the Black Bears School of Ch...Maurice Ashley becomes the 1st Black chess player attained the rank of International Grand Master. Maurice Ashley, a Jamaican immigrant, received the rank (given only to 500 worldwide). A…

Maurice Ashley becomes the 1st Black chess player attained the rank of International Grand Master. Maurice Ashley, a Jamaican immigrant, received the rank (given only to 500 worldwide). A graduate of New York City College, Ashley learned chess with a chess group known as the Black Bears School of Ch...Maurice Ashley becomes the 1st Black chess player attained the rank of International Grand Master. Maurice Ashley, a Jamaican immigrant, received the rank (given only to 500 worldwide). A…

Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the 1st African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team. Pollard was the 1st African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the 1st two African American ...Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the 1st African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team. Pollard was the 1st African American head coach…

Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the 1st African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team. Pollard was the 1st African American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the 1st two African American ...Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, of Brown University, becomes the 1st African American running back named to Walter Camp’s All-American team. Pollard was the 1st African American head coach…

Explore the 2016 Best HBCU Schools. Historically Black Colleges and Universities ranked based on statistics and student reviews.

Explore the 2016 Best HBCU Schools. Historically Black Colleges and Universities ranked based on statistics and student reviews.

Spelman History is Black History: Audrey Forbes Manley, M.D., M.P.H., C'55 --     In 1988, Dr. Manley became the first Black woman to achieve the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. In 1997, Manley became the first alumna president of Spelman College.

Spelman History is Black History: Audrey Forbes Manley, M.D., M.P.H., C'55 -- In 1988, Dr. Manley became the first Black woman to achieve the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. In 1997, Manley became the first alumna president of Spelman College.

#Oprah Winfrey became the 1st black person to rank among the 50 most generous Americans. By 2012 she had given away about $ 400 million to educational causes. Winfrey had also given over 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Winfrey took her staff and their families (1065 people in total) on vacation to Hawaii in the summer of 2006.  In 2013, Winfrey donated $ 12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

#Oprah Winfrey became the 1st black person to rank among the 50 most generous Americans. By 2012 she had given away about $ 400 million to educational causes. Winfrey had also given over 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Winfrey took her staff and their families (1065 people in total) on vacation to Hawaii in the summer of 2006. In 2013, Winfrey donated $ 12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

With faculty and alumni that included John Cage, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson, Josef and Anni Albers, Paul Goodman, and Robert Rauschenberg, Black Mountain College ranked among the most important artistic and intellectual communities of the twentieth century. In his groundbreaking history, Martin Duberman uses interviews, anecdotes, and research to depict the relationships that made Black Mountain College what it was.

With faculty and alumni that included John Cage, Robert Creeley, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Olson, Josef and Anni Albers, Paul Goodman, and Robert Rauschenberg, Black Mountain College ranked among the most important artistic and intellectual communities of the twentieth century. In his groundbreaking history, Martin Duberman uses interviews, anecdotes, and research to depict the relationships that made Black Mountain College what it was.

Dr. Johnetta Cole (b. October 19, 1936) was the first Black woman to serve as president of Spelman College, leading the institution from 1987 to 1997.  From 2002 to 2007, she was president of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. Prior to her work as a university president, she taught at a number of schools, including the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Hunter College, and Emory University. Today, Dr. Cole serves as the director of the Smithsonian Institute's National African Art Museum.

Dr. Johnetta Cole (b. October 19, 1936) was the first Black woman to serve as president of Spelman College, leading the institution from 1987 to 1997. From 2002 to 2007, she was president of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. Prior to her work as a university president, she taught at a number of schools, including the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Hunter College, and Emory University. Today, Dr. Cole serves as the director of the Smithsonian Institute's National African Art Museum.

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