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Black History Facts

During the month of February Project Monday will be providing Black History Facts to provide some

Black History Facts: Did you know??

Lusia Harris was the only woman officially drafted by the N.B.A. (she was drafted by the New Orleans, now Utah, Jazz. Harris was also the first Black woman inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States in 1864.

Mae Jemison is an engineer, doctor, and former NASA astronaut. In 1992, Jemison along with six other

astronauts went into space on the space shuttle Endeavor. This mission made Mae Jemison the first Black woman to travel into space. The mission lasted for 8 days.

Jane Bolin was the first Black woman to attend Yale Law School in 1931. Later, in 1939, Bolin became the first Black female judge in the United States.

Gordon Parks was the first Black director of a major film, Shaft (1971). Parks was also the first African American on the staff of LIFE magazine.

Bessie Coleman earned the first pilot’s license issued to an African American, male or female, from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1921.

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