The Friday List-down: Black History of Today
February marks Black History Month and today it seems ever more important than ever to remember the contributions that African-American’s have made to our society in the past. But it’s just as important to remember the continuing impact African-Americans have on America today. In case you were wondering what some more recent achievements of African-Americans we dove into the subject for our Friday list-down; so sit back, and get ready to brush up on your more recent African-American history.
- In 2008, President Barack Obama became the 44th President, as well as the first African-American president of the United States. OK, so maybe that one isn’t so hard to remember.
- In 1996, model and television host Tyra Banks was the first African-American woman to be on both the covers of GQ magazine and the Sports Illustrated the swimsuit edition.
- In 2008, track star Usain Bolt became the first person in Olympic history to break three world records during the 2008 Olympic Games.
- In 2010, Beyoncé Knowles won six Grammy’s in one night—the most wins in one night by any female artist.
- Nominated in 2008, Susan Rice became the first African-American woman to hold the position of United Nations Ambassador and foreign policy advisor for the United States.
- In 2001, actress Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best in her role for Monster's Ball.
- Olympic speed skater, Shani Davis became the first black athlete at the Winter Olympics to win a gold medal in an individual sport in 2006.
- In 2001 Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), became the first African-American billionaire in the United States.
- In 1986, Oprah Winfrey was the first black female TV host, and in 2003 she became the first female U.S. billionaire.
- Tiger Woods was the first African-American golfer to win the Masters tournament in 1997.
- Dominique Dawes was the first African-American gymnast to win an individual event medal in 2000 for artistic gymnastics and the first African-American female gymnast to win an Olympic gold during the 1996 Olympics.
Did we forget something? Leave your suggestions in comments. Also be sure to check out our last list-down here.