African American Firsts: Famous Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America

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Dafina Books, 2002 - Social Science - 424 pages
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As entertaining as it is informative, this is a completely up-to-date reference work presenting over 450 'firsts' by African Americans, from the invention of the traffic light to the doctor who first performed open heart surgery...from the explorer who reach the North Pole before Admiral Perry to the first novel by an African American to become a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection, and now including firsts by Halle Berry, Vonetta Flowers and Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks. Includes over 75 pages of photographs. 'A black history buff's dream' - Ebony

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User Review  - lbradf - LibraryThing

I have frankly been surprised by how interesting I have found this book. I expected it to be a rather dry compilation of facts. Instead, each "first" is a mini-biography, most often only 2-4 ... Read full review

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User Review  - patrickfennig - LibraryThing

A great collection, especially for teens, to learn about the Heroes of Black America. A great book for a home reference library and thoughtful interpretation of the impact of each era on the individual. Read full review

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