Major Merryl (David) Tengesdal The First and Only Black Woman to Fly the Air Force's Elite U-2 Spy Plane. Update 9-22-2016: Merryl is next in line to earn her bars to become an Airforce General. Our family is proud of her history-making achievements.
eternallybeautifullyblack: “ The African-American Suffragists History Forgot by Lynn Yaeger [T]hough we may have vague notions of the American women who fought so heroically for the ballot on this side of the Atlantic, they are, in our minds, in our.
Dr. Olivia Hooker became the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1945. To honor this trailblazer on her 100th birthday, the Coast Guard has named a building on Staten Island in her honor! At the ceremony this past Thursday, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft unveiled a plaque, stating: “Dr. Olivia Hooker …is an inspiration and a hero to every member of the Coast Guard and our nation.”
Haiti, known as the "jewel of the islands", was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the first black-led republic in the world, and the second republic in the Americas when it gained independence in 1804 as part of a successful slave revolution lasting nearly a decade. Our Heroes Toussaint Louverture and Jean Jacques Dessaline.
Barbara Charline Jordan (February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996) was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death she became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery. From…