Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray became the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 1977 at the age of 67, the first Black deputy attorney general in the state of California in 1945, the first Black American to receive a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in 1965, and graduated first (and the only woman) in her Howard University Law School class in 1944.
Fearless Mentor Williams Born April 20, 1882 his father named him Fearless because he looked him straight in the eyes right after he was born! The name served the honorable man well. He had a long career with the BO Railroad He was a leader in Baltimore's African-American community and a trustee of Provident Hospital. He was also uncle to Thurgood Marshall, first African American Supreme Court Justice. He retired on June 15, 1952 with nearly 46 years of service with the BO.
Bus boycott arrest photo of Nixon. Edgar Daniel Nixon (July 12, 1899 – February 25, 1987) was an African-American civil rights leader and union organizer who played a crucial role in organizing the landmark Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955. It highlighted the issues of segregation in the South, was upheld for more than a year by black residents, and nearly brought the city-owned bus system to bankruptcy.
Ethel L. Payne b: 8/14/11- 5/28/91 "First Lady of the Black Press" a journalist, columnist, lecturer, and free-lance writer. She combined advocacy with journalism as she reported on the civil rights movement during the '50s & '60s. In 1972 she was the first female African American commentator hired by the national network, CBS
Dr. Mark E. Dean is a computer scientist and programming engineer. He was instrumental in developing the first Personal Computer. He holds 3 of IBM's original 9 patents on the PC. He led the team that developed the ISA Bus architecture for PC's. and he developed the first 1ghz chip.
Frederick Roberts (September 14, 1879–July 19, 1952) was an American newspaper owner & editor, educator & business owner who was the 1st known African American elected to the California State Assembly (served for 16 yrs). his family moved to Los Angeles, where his father established the first black-owned mortuary. He was ALSO the 1st African American to graduate from L A High School. In 1912 he founded The New Age Dispatch newspaper (later called New Age) & was a leader of the NAACP
...First African American Before US Supreme Court February 1, 1865 John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became in 1865 the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives.