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African American Inventors

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First African American in the U.S. Space Program

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On This Day 1904: Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and Bethune went on to become an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

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Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator, the first female pilot of African American descent, and the first person of African American descent to have an international pilot license.

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First Lady Michelle Obama wipes away tears as she listens to her husband President Barack Obama speak at the dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, 9/24/16. S&G

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Carl Maxie Brashear was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970. Service/branch United States Navy Years of service 1948-1979

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African American Inventors List | African-American Scientists and Inventors - New

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TV's Esther Rolle... wow. What a lady.

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Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American woman to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles,

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