Alexa Canady became the first African-American woman neurosurgeon in the United States in From 1987 to Canady was chief of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In less than 10 percent of all medical students were women.
1978-Barbara Christian, pioneering scholar of African American literary feminism, is the first black woman to be granted tenure at Berkeley. She later becomes the first black woman in the UC system to be promoted to full professor. founder of Berkeley’s African American Studies Department, she is known for works such as “Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition,” and helped bring to prominence writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.
Black Girl Magic!
February 25: 1950: Gwendolyn Brooks, on this day, became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book Annie Allen. She passed away in Chicago in December 2000.
Inspiring Woman: Wilma Rudolph, Athlete Because in 1960 she was the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.
First All Female African-American Flight Crew. Captain Rachelle Jones, first officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers made history on February 12th, 2009 when their Atlanta-based Delta Connection carrier departed from Atlanta to Nashville, Tennessee.
Polly Jackson, a conductor on the Underground Railroad in America. Known for having warded/fought off slave catchers with a kettle of hot water and a butcher knife. Jackson was born a slave. Joined a community of free blacks in the settlement of Africa, Ohio, a free and predominantly African-American community like Berlin Crossroads. Her name is listed on a local monument dedicated to her and others who risked their lives to help free the enslaved. 80 odd years of age when she died in 1899.