Born in 1850 as a slave. Sarah E. Goode was the first African American woman to receive a patent in the United States. Her invention of the cabinet bed was inspired by the environment she lived in where many people lived in small houses that did not have room for large pieces of furniture. When the bed was folded up it looked like a desk and it had storage areas as a desk.
Althea Gibson, being congratulated on Wimbledon win, she won in 1957 and 1958, the first African American to do so.
Malcolm X: A side rarely seen
"We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.” ― Malcolm X - El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz a.k.a Malcolm X [May 9, 1925 – February 21,1965]
A Woman's War by Captain Gail Harris - Navy's First African American Female Intelligence Officer http://awe.sm/o4ndt
Paul Laurence Dunbar, first African American poet to garner national critical acclaim.
Marcus Garvey with Prince Kojo Tovalou-Houenou of Dahomey, called the "Garvey of Africa", and George O. Marke. 1924 by Black History Album, via Flickr