Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events


Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 GroundBreaking and Pioneering Events.

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Achievement engenders pride, and the most significant accomplishments involving people, places, and events in black history are gathered in Black Firsts: 4,000 GroundBreaking and Pioneering Events.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a must-have reference." —"St. Paul Pioneer Press"
Library Journal
Carney presents major accomplishments ranging from firsts in cartooning and jazz to sporting firsts for jockeys in the Kentucky Derby. Brief profiles are presented chronologically and cover major figures such as Michael Jackson and Jackie Robinson as well as lesser-known figures such as Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first black member of a varsity collegiate baseball club. Entries, several of which offer photos of their subjects, range in length from a few sentences to a full paragraph and each includes information on primary sources of data. The well-researched sketches provide a great deal of information in an economical space. Of particular note is the section on military firsts, which includes those who have served in wars from the American Revolution through the present, among them James T. Whitehead, the first black pilot of a U-2 spy plane, and Hazel Winifred Johnson, the first black woman to achieve the rank of general in the Army. VERDICT This is an excellent resource for starting research on black history, but its sheer volume may be overwhelming to casual researchers. The lesser-known figures, however, make the title worth digging into.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Lib., Houston, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578593699
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 700
  • Sales rank: 252,564
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Arts & Entertainment 1
Business 77
Civil Rights & Protest 115
Education 133
Government: County & State 225
Government: Federal 275
Government: International 333
Government: Local 347
Journalism 399
Military 427
Miscellaneous 463
Organizations 489
Religion 537
Science & Medicine 589
Sports 625
Writers 725
Sources 745
Index 757
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