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America’s first black attorney general Eric Holder to announce resignation

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general is set to announce his resignation Thursday. Two sources familiar with the decision say Holder intends the leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed.

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‘Forgotten Four’ film tells story of four black men who integrated the NFL

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Most of us know about Jackie Robinson being the first black professional Major League Baseball player, but few know about the men responsible for breaking the color barrier in the NFL.  But a new EPIX documentary will tell the story of four black pro sports players, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis, […]

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Paulette Brown becomes first black women to lead the American Bar Association

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Last month, attorney Paulette Brown became the first black woman elected to lead the American Bar Association. The American Bar Association has 400,000 members, and did not allow black people to join until 1943. Brown is a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, in Boston, and will take her position as head of the ABA next summer.

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Keke Palmer makes history by becoming first black Cinderella on Broadway

Keke Palmer is set to make history–again. The actress, singer and talk show host will be the first black Cinderella on Broadway when she stars in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, beginning September 9. 

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Georgia makes history: has largest number of black women on single ballot

In November, Georgia will make history. For the first time in the state and the nation, five black women will be on a statewide ballot. 

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Michele Roberts makes history by becoming NBPA’s first female executive director

The NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) has elected Michele Roberts as its executive director. Roberts will become the first woman to head a men’s professional athletic association in the US. Roberts was one of three people, and the only woman, who was a finalist for the executive director post. Roberts will take over a position vacated […]

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Tara Walker becomes New Jersey’s first black female firefighter

Tara Walker made history on Friday when she became the first black female firefighter for the New Jersey City Fire Department. In the department’s entire 143-history, there has never been an African-American female on the squad. 

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Woman firefighter becomes first female featured in Calender of Heroes

A Bronx, New York woman has become the first female firefighter to be featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.  Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she was told the honor was reserved for men only. 

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Arizona school under fire for teaching literature that outlines the ‘benefits of slavery’

An Arizona charter school is being criticized for teaching what opposing members call “racist” and “sexist” lessons in its classrooms.  Two books by Cleon Skousen, who is often cited by uber conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement, are required reading for Heritage Academy seniors in Mesa. 

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Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold medal dead at 90

Alice Coachman, who became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal during the 1948 London games, died on Monday. She was 90. 

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