Black Firsts

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Visible Ink Press, 2002 - Social Science - 808 pages
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A superb historical study of black achievement. - Houston Chronicle. Readers will revel in the stories of barrier-breaking pioneers in all fields-arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, inventing, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more. And they will rejoice in their triumphs. With hundreds of illustrations and a daily calendar of firsts, Black Firsts is the culmination of many hours of work, courage, and perseverance, the exact qualities represented within. Black Firsts is a testament to a rich but often overlooked part of our history. Jessie Carney Smith, William and Camille Cosby Professor of the Humanities at Fisk University, gives us stories of a people overcoming adversity to emerge triumphant. A vital collection of amazing scholarship, Black Firsts remembers and celebrates those who have won personal victories against the forces arrayed against them.

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While reading portions of the book if founf that the facts about the Black Firsts is a rich and often overlooked portion of the American History. However, I discovered one mistake and that calls into question some of th eother "facts".
On December 7, 1941, Dorie Miller was NOT on the USS Arizona at stated in the book. I have seen that mistake repeated in several books. At the time of the attack Dorie Miller was Messman on the USS West Virginia.

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