The First Black Female To Become A Captain For A Commercial Airline. First officer Patrice Clarke never intended to write history. A UPS pilot, she never set out to be one of the first Black females to graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida with an aeronautical degree. Nor did she plan to be the only female professional pilot working; in her native country of the Bahamas. Ms. Clarke only wanted to be a pilot.
"I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live". - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School
Helen "Curl" Harris, 1940s, ran and operated beauty businesses in Philadelphia; Curl’s Beautyrama, Curl’s Beauty Salon and Charm Service, and Curl’s Moderne Beautyrama. Ella Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker were her clients.
Isaiah DeQuincey Newman (1911-1985) was a Methodist pastor and civil rights leader in South Carolina. He founded the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP, co-founded the state's Progressive Democratic Party, and served as NAACP state field director from 1960 to 1969. In 1983 he was elected to the State Senate and became its first African American member since Reconstruction.
Mahala Ashley Dickerson - Firsts: African-American woman admitted to the Alabama bar, African-American woman admitted to the Alaska bar and second African-American woman admitted to the Indiana bar. In 1983, she was the first African-American to serve as president of the National Association of Woman Lawyers.
Augusta Braxton Baker, librarian & storyteller. She is renowned for her contributions to children's literature, specifically as a pioneering advocate for its positive portrayal of Blacks. As the 1st African American woman to hold an administrative position with the New York Public Library, she oversaw children's programs within the entire NYPL system, removing books with negative stereotypes from its shelves. She was also the 1st African American to graduate from Albany's Teacher College…
Clarence “Skip” Ellis was the first African-American to earn a PhD in Computer Science. He helped develop the concept of clicking icons which lead to the development of user friendly operating systems such as Windows or Mac. Most computer users, even highly proficient users, would not be able to operate their computer without this simple concept. Thank you, sir!
In 1950, Dr. Helen Dickens was the first African American woman admitted to the American College of Surgeons. The daughter of a former slave, she would sit at the front of the class in medical school so that she would not be bothered by the racist comments and gestures made by her classmates. By 1969 she was associate dean in the Ofc for Minority Affairs at the University of PA, and within 5 yrs. had increased minority enrollment from 3 students to 64. Helen was born in 1909, in Dayton…