Black History Month activities- Black History Firsts - famous black people
DR. CHARLES DREW
Inventor of the Blood Bank: Dr. Charles Drew, 1940
Nobel Prize for Literature Winner: Toni Morrison, 1993
MADAME C. J. WALKER
First Millionaire: Madame C. J. Walker 1910
Dr. Drew had a lot of firsts for African Americans. He was not only the first black physician in the Red Cross, but first black head of the Red Cross. He successfully instituted his blood life-saving measures to aid in WWI!
Toni wrote numerous books from the African American perspective that gained her national acclaim. Fun fact: she graduated with a Master's degree from Cornell University.
Ms. Walker began as an orphan, but she worked hard her whole life. When she was 20, she invented what today would be a hair straightener. Her process for making black women's hair smooth caught on and she quickly became a millionaire who helped fund the Harlem Renaissance.