William Edmondson is the 1st black artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art; New York, 1937.
Will T. Ribbs was the 1st black driver to qualify for the Indy 500, 1991.
Misty Copeland is the 1st black person promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, 2015.
Vanessa Williams is the 1st woman to win Miss America; representing New York, 1983.
Julie Mehretu is the 1st black artist whose work ranks among the most expensive at auction by a living female artist, 2013.