Day 26: African American 1st, 2000s

It’s a damn shame, we’ve been in this country for over 400 years, and we’re STILL edging away at “firsts.”

Well since 2000, here is a list of firsts for African Americans. I’d like to note that technically Obama isn’t the first black president. (Read Day 25)

2000
First African American nominated for Vice President of the United States by a Federal Election Commission-recognized and federally funded political party: Ezola B. Foster (See also: 1952; FEC established 1975)

2001
First African-American Secretary of State: Colin Powell
First African-American president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: The Most Reverend Wilton Daniel Gregory
First African-American president of the Unitarian Universalist Association: Rev. William G. Sinkford
First African-American president of an Ivy League university: Ruth J. Simmons at Brown University, also the first permanent female president of Brown
First African-American woman to win the ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year award: Beyoncé Knowles
First African-American woman to be appointed National Security Advisor: Republican :Condoleezza Rice (See also: 2005)
First African-American billionaire: Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (see also 2002)
First African-American female billionaire: Sheila Johnson

2002
First African-American Winter Olympic gold medal winner: Vonetta Flowers (two-woman bobsleigh). (See also: Shani Davis, 2006)
First African American to become majority owner of a U.S. major sports league team: Robert L. Johnson (Charlotte Bobcats, NBA)
First African-American female combat pilot in the U.S. Armed Services: Captain Vernice Armour, USMC
First African American to hold the #1 rank in tennis: Venus Williams, February 25, 2002.
First African American to hold the year-end #1 rank in tennis: Serena Williams
First African American to be named year-end world champion by the International Tennis Federation: Serena Williams
First African-American Arena Football League head coach to win ArenaBowl: Darren Arbet (San Jose SaberCats), ArenaBowl XVI
First African-American general manager in the National Football League: Ozzie Newsome (Baltimore Ravens)
First African-American winner of the Eurovision Song Contest: Dave Benton (“Everybody”)
First African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress: Halle Berry

2003
First African American to win a Career Grand Slam in tennis: Serena Williams (See also: Althea Gibson, 1956; Arthur Ashe, 1968)

2004
First African-American to win Broadway theater’s Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play: Phylicia Rashād
First African-American NBA general manager to win the NBA Finals: Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons), 2004 NBA Finals
First African-American Canadian Football League head coach to reach (and win) the Grey Cup: Pinball Clemons (Toronto Argonauts), 92nd Grey Cup
First African-American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame: Charlie Sifford

2005
First African-American woman appointed Secretary of State: Condoleezza Rice
First African-American woman U.S. Coast Guard aviator: Jeanine Menze

2006
First African-American individual Winter Olympic gold medal winner: Shani Davis (men’s 1,000 meter speed skating) (See also: Vonetta Flowers, 2002)
First African American to command a United States Marine Corps division: Major General Walter E. Gaskin
First African American to reach the peak of Mount Everest: Sophia Danenberg

2007
First African-American NFL head coaches to reach the Super Bowl: Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy, Super Bowl XLI
First African-American NFL head coach to win the Super Bowl: Tony Dungy (Indianapolis Colts), Super Bowl XLI
First known African-American woman to reach the North Pole: Barbara Hillary

2008
First African American to be nominated as a major-party U.S. presidential candidate: Barack Obama, Democratic Party
First African American to referee a Super Bowl game: Mike Carey (Super Bowl XLII)
First African-American NFL general manager to win the Super Bowl: Jerry Reese (New York Giants), Super Bowl XLII
First African-American woman elected Speaker of a state House of Representatives: California Rep. Karen Bass
First African American elected President of the United States: Barack Obama
First African American to be appointed to the United States Senate by a state governor: Roland Burris
First African-American female combat pilot in the United States Air Force: Major Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell

2009
First African-American First Lady of the United States: Michelle Obama
First African-American chair of the Republican National Committee: Michael Steele
First African-American United States Attorney General: Eric Holder
First African-American woman United States Ambassador to the United Nations: Susan Rice
First African-American United States Trade Representative: Ron Kirk
First African-American woman Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Lisa P. Jackson
First African-American White House Social Secretary: Desirée Rogers
First African American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin: Duke Ellington (District of Columbia quarter).
First African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for History: Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
First African-American Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
First African-American woman rabbi: Alysa Stanton
First African-American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company: Ursula Burns, Xerox Corporation.
First African-American doubles team to be named year-end world champion by the International Tennis Federation: Serena and Venus Williams
First African American to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Precious): Geoffrey S. Fletcher
First African-American animated Disney Princess: Tiana

2011
First African-American Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons: Charles E. Samuels, Jr.

2013
First African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Cheryl Boone Isaacs
First African-American United States Secretary of Homeland Security: Jeh Johnson

2014
First African-American female four-star admiral: Michelle J. Howard
First African American female Republican to be elected to the United States Congress: Mia Love, elected in Utah
First African-American senator to be elected in the South since Reconstruction: Tim Scott, elected in South Carolina
First African-American to have been elected to both the House and the Senate: Tim Scott
First African-American woman to be nominated for Best Director by the Golden Globe Awards: Ava DuVernay for Selma

2015
First African American to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Wendell Scott
First African American to lead a major intelligence agency: Vincent R. Stewart, Defense Intelligence Agency

all info from Wikipedia

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