Black History

moon landing

NASA Plans to Land First Person of Color and First Woman on Moon by 2024

The last manned mission to the moon took place in 1972. Forty-nine years after the Apollo program, NASA is once again talking about lunar space exploration — this time, it will have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Ashley Strickland of CNN has reported that NASA’s newly launched space program,…

Tishaura Jones

Tishaura Jones Becomes Mayor of St. Louis, Joins Growing Number of Black Female Mayors Leading a Major American City

More and more Black women are becoming mayors of large American cities. Tishaura Jones has become the latest in a string of recent women candidates advancing to the top of city leadership. With her win on April 6, Jones becomes the first-ever Black woman mayor of St. Louis. Formerly the…

Shirley Chisholm

Legislators Push for a Capitol Hill Statue of Shirley Chisholm, the First Black Woman Elected To Congress

In a city filled with literally hundreds of statues of Presidents, Congresspeople, historical figures and politicians, there is only one full-length statue of a Black woman: Rosa Parks. But now, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke of New York is pushing for another Black woman to be memorialized with a piece of…

Spelman College

Spelman College, Top HBCU in the US, Sees Record Applications for Fall 2021 Semester

Following 2020’s racial reckoning in America, interest in historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has never been higher. The push to attend these schools is so great that Spelman College recently announced a new admissions record: more applicants have applied to attend the Black women’s college in Atlanta for the…

new Boston mayor Kim Janey

Kim Janey Becomes Boston’s First Black and First Female Mayor

Following Marty Walsh’s recent resignation to become the nation’s Secretary of Labor, Boston has sworn in his successor — Kim Janey is officially the first Black and first female to hold the position in the city’s history.  Ahead of her swearing-in, the former City Council president said “History will be…

Reparations for Blacks

Evanston, Illinois Passes Country’s First-Ever Reparations Program for Black Residents

As we reported previously, Evanston, Illinois recently became the first city in the nation to propose a reparations program for its Black residents. And now that proposal has passed and will go into effect later this year. According to Mark Guarino of The Washington Post, “The nation’s first government reparations…

Rosalind “Roz” Brewer

Rosalind Brewer Officially Becomes America’s Only Current Black Woman Fortune 500 CEO

Rosalind “Roz” Brewer assumed the role of Walgreen’s CEO on Monday, March 15, officially becoming the only Black woman to currently lead a Fortune 500 company — and just the third ever to have achieved the historic career milestone. As we reported previously, Brewer is taking the helm at a…