Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) -Wrote the original complaint for Brown v. Board of Education -The first African-American woman to argue a case before the US Supreme Court -The first African-American woman elected to the NY State Senate -The first female Manhattan Borough President -The first female African-American district court judge
Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1845 – 1911) was the first African American and Native American woman to gain fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. She was of African American, Haitian and Ojibwe descent.
Josiah Henson was born into slavery June 15, 1789, in Port Tobacco, Maryland. In 1828, Henson became a preacher for the Methodist Episcopal Church and was able to earn money to buy his freedom. His master took the money, but then raised the price to $ 1,000. In 1830 Henson fled to Canada with his family where he became involved in the Underground Railroad, leading over 200 slaves to freedom.
Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1967 until 1991. He was the Court's 96th justice and its 1st African-American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court & for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education. He argued more cases before the United States Supreme Court than anyone else in history. Pres. Johnson nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1967.
Black History, 8/16/2013 - Charles Lewis Reason was appointed professor of fine writing, Greek, Latin, and French and adjunct professor of mathematics at New York Central College in 1849, becoming the first African American professor at a predominantly white college. For more info, check out today's notes!