The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a civilian can receive in the United States. Recipients range from activists, athletes, scientists, entertainers, religious leaders, journalists and many more.
For some, their knowledge of African-American scientists include Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Washington Carver and…that’s about it. There have been countless African-Americans whose contributions have greatly impacted the science field, but these five are definitely among those you need to know and celebrate!
Two artists make history by being the first African-American artist to paint presidential portraits. Barack and Michelle Obama were back in the Public light Monday in Washington, the former first couple's official portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
There are plenty of inspiring stories and historical figures to celebrate during Black History Month, and we thought we would celebrate with a little test of knowledge. Below is a quiz highlighting famous African-American firsts in the worlds of entertainment, science, politics and beyond! See how well you know these “famous firsts”!