"The third edition of this invaluable resource of African American achievements updates the previous edition. Recommended for anyone from elementary-school age to adults who are interested in African American history."-- Booklist
4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith, William and Camille Cosby Professor of Humanities at Fisk University. This second edition "greatly expands with more than 1,000 new stories of a people overcoming adversity to emerge triumphant. With more than 100 illustrations, Black Firsts includes modern-day pioneers like Halle Berry....plus stories of barrier-breaking pioneers in all fields - arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, inventing, journalism, religion, science, sports and more. (publisher)
"For people who have been systematically excluded from the mainstream of a society," wrote educator Johnnetta B. Cole in the foreword to the first ediition, "it is especially important to remember and celebrate those who have won personal vistories against the forces arrayed against them"
The publisher continues, "A vital collection of amazing scholarship, Black Firsts is proof that the celebration is ongoing."