Black History Month – Day 6

Today, I’d like to honor the first African American to be elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1957, Paul R. Williams. He was licensed as an architect in 1921 by the state of California and became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects in 1923. Mr. Williams

Black History Month – Day 5

Today, I’m honoring the first African American clothing designer (at least that I could find). Elizabeth Keckley,  a former slave who bought her freedom, became the personal dress-maker for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln as well as the wife of confederate president Jefferson Davis. It is believed that some of her dresses still exist today.

Black History Month – Day 4

The first African American astronomer was Benjamin Banneker. He was born in 1731 and was largely self-taught in astronomy and mathematics. There is an extensive biography of him on titled, “Benjamin Banneker.” While I couldn’t find an answer on the first African American woman astronomer, I did find that Dr. Beth Brown, Ph.D was

Black History Month – Day 3

Guion “Guy” Bluford was the African American in space. He launched into history on the Challenger space shuttle in August 1983. He went to space on four separate space missions. He also worked with the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to help determine the cause of the shuttle Columbia breaking up in 2003.  More on him

Black History Month – Day 2

Today, I’m appreciating the work of Jerry Lawson, the first African American game developer! Mr. Lawson helped to develop the Fairchild Channel F, of which I had, honestly, never heard. But it turns out that the Fairchild Channel F was the first home video game system with interchangeable games. Meaning that it was around before

Black History Month – Day 1

I have decided to put out posts recognizing African Americans from all walks of life in honor of Black History Month. Today I wanted to honor African American pilots. In my research, I found that there is a new face among the early minority pilots. Per a Smithsonian article, “The Unrecognized First,” Emory C. Malik