Jaki Shelton Green is the 1st black woman to be named North Carolina’s Poet Laureate, 2018
Emlen Tunnell was the 1st black player for the New York Giants and the first black to be in the NFL’s Hall of…
Sharon Pratt Kelly was the 1st black woman to serve as mayor of a major American city, Washington, D.C. 1991.
Colin Powell was the nation’s 1st black secretary of state, serving from 2001 to 2004 under President George W. Bush
Amy Sherald 1st black woman artist commissioned for U.S. 1st lady portrait to be displayed in Smithsonian. 2018