Black History Facts That You Didn’t Know

Black History Facts: The richness of Black history in the United States may be traced back to the unsung heroes who made a difference, such as important Black innovators, trailblazing civil rights activists, celebrated writers, and trailblazing women of the twenty-first century. It is a good idea to visit sites National Museum of African American History & Culture to increase your knowledge as well as learn more about African American culture.

It was in 1773 that Phillis Wheatley became 1st African American to publish a book of poetry. Her memoir was out soon after she was liberated from Wheatley family in Boston, who bought her when she was only 7 years old from a Gambia family.

Lucy Terry’s 1746 poem “Bars Fight” was the earliest documented work of poetry produced by the Black American. Terry was born into slavery in Rhode Island but was set free when she married a free Black man at the age of 26.

When Clotel: The President’s Daughter, was released in 1853, it was the first book written by African American author. Abolitionist and educator William Wells Brown penned it.


The Most Influential People In The World

Black History Facts: Carter G. Woodson, the historian, was the brains behind Black History Month’s inception, if you didn’t know. One of the first historians to focus on African-American history, he is known as “the Father of Black History.” He received his PhD from Harvard University and is considered to be a pioneer in the field.

When William Tucker was born, he was first known African American to be born in 13 colonies. In the year 1624, he is born in Jamestown, Virginia. He was born to indentured slaves, according to, who were among the first Africans transported to colonial land by the British Empire.

Thurgood Marshall becomes first African American to serve on the Supreme Court after a long and distinguished career as a lawyer. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1967, and he remained there until 1991.

John Mercer Langston, African American lawyer in Ohio, was sworn in as a member of the Ohio bar in 1854. For his work at Howard University, he was named dean of the law school and vice president for academic affairs. He is also renowned as the first African American elected to public office in Virginia, particularly to the United States Congress.

Black students in the early 1770s had their first public school built by white Quaker Anthony Benezet, an abolitionist and educator.

Lucy Stanton becomes first black woman in the United States to acquire a 4 years college degree after graduating at Oberlin College in 1850.

Black History Facts: Television And Music

Hip-first Hop’s godmother, singer & music producer Sylvia Robinson, produced the Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” which became the first commercially successful rap album. Sugar Hill Records, the very first hip-hop label, was founded by her and her husband.

He was the first African-American to host a television show: NBC’s The Nat King Cole Show, hosted by Nat King Cole.

Stevie Wonder is also the first artist to win Album of year three times in a row, with 1973’s Innervisions, which made him the very first Black musician to do so.

On NBC’s Today programme in 1981, Bryant Gumbel becomes first African-American to headline a morning television show.

Black History Facts: For her supporting performance in Gone With Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes first African-American woman to receive an Academy Award. When Sidney Poitier won an Oscar for his part in Lilies of a Field, it was the first time a black actor had won an Academy Award.


Madam C.J. Walker became the first African American woman to become a self-made billionaire after developing a line of hair products for African American women. Self Made, a Netflix series on her journey, is now available.

With the help of computer researcher Lisa Gelobter in 1995, Shockwave was developed into an important tool for online animation.

More than 500 new items derived from peanuts and sweet potatoes were developed by agricultural scientist George Carver, including cooking oils, paint, & soap.


Black History Facts: It was 1908, and John Taylor and was 1st African American to win an Olympic gold medal in the 4×400 metre relay. In 1948, Alice Coachman becomes first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold in the high jump.

Only Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, founded in 1984, is a travelling rodeo featuring African-American cowboys.

Fritz Pollard & Bobby Marshall were the first African-American football players in the National Football League (NFL) in 1920. As a coach, Pollard was the league’s first African-American.

Gabby Douglas becomes first African-American gymnast who win the Individuals All-Around championship at London Olympics in 2012.

When Sheryl Swoopes signed her contract with the WNBA in 1996, the league officially debuted the following year.

Societies And Our Daily Lives

Black History Facts: Negro Motorist Green Book” was first produced in 1936 as a complete guide for African-American visitors to destinations around the United States which were Black-owned or didn’t practise segregation. For 30 years, the guidebook was issued. Two years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, it ceased publishing.

In 1908, Howard University’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) was established as the first black female Greek-letter organisation. The first fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Cornell University’s first all-black Greek-letter fraternity, Phi Gamma Rho, was formed in 1906.

More than 100,000 enslaved individuals fled to the north from 1810 to 1850 through the Underground Railroad.

Vermont was first colony to abolish slavery when it passed a law in July 1777.