10 Black History Facts You Should Know

1. Selma Burke, an American sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement, created the portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt which is now used for the U.S. dime. She was never paid nor credited for her portrait.


2. Ella Fitzgerald, an African American jazz vocalist, was the first woman ever to win a Grammy.


3. Aretha Franklin was the first woman, and the first black woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


4. Madam C.J Walker,an inventor and entrepreneur, was the first self-made millionaire.


5. Nathan "Nearest" Green, an enslaved Black master distiller, taught distilling techniques to Jack Daniel, founder of Jack Daniel Tennessee whiskey.


6. Althea Gibson became the first black athlete to win a U.S. National Tennis Championship on September 8th, 1957.


7. Women Infant and Child (W.I.C) was created by the Black Panthers Party to help feed single mothers and the children in their communities.


8. Lincoln University is the oldest Historically Black University in the U.S. It was founded in 1854.


9. The Dora Milaje in Black Panther are based on the Dahomey Amazons who are the only documented all female official frontline combat arm military unit in modern history.


10. The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman.