Reviews for Black Firsts : 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events

Book News Reviews
This text is a comprehensive record of over four thousand examples of achievements and historical firsts initiated by black Americans. They're organized thematically and then chronologically. There are entries under: arts and entertainment, business, civil rights and protest, education, local government, county and state government, federal government, international government, journalism, military, miscellaneous, organizations, religion, science and medicine, and sports. The entries include the date, a few sentences to over a page of content, and a citation. Several entries have black and white photos. This third edition contains new sub-headings, expanded tables, and more achievements by women. Distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Booklist Reviews 2013 February #1
The third edition of this invaluable resource of African American achievements updates the previous edition, from 2003 to the present day. Events are arranged into categories such as arts and entertainment; government (local, state, and federal); science and medicine; and education, with subheadings within each category. These firsts are listed in chronological order and range from a couple of sentences to almost a full page. Contemporary achievements are included as well as previously undiscovered firsts from the pre-Revolutionary War era. More than 350 photos are included. Recommended for anyone from elementary-school age to adults who are interested in African American history. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 December #1

Carney presents major accomplishments ranging from firsts in cartooning and jazz to sporting firsts for jockeys in the Kentucky Derby. Brief profiles are presented chronologically and cover major figures such as Michael Jackson and Jackie Robinson as well as lesser-known figures such as Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first black member of a varsity collegiate baseball club. Entries, several of which offer photos of their subjects, range in length from a few sentences to a full paragraph and each includes information on primary sources of data. The well-researched sketches provide a great deal of information in an economical space. Of particular note is the section on military firsts, which includes those who have served in wars from the American Revolution through the present, among them James T. Whitehead, the first black pilot of a U-2 spy plane, and Hazel Winifred Johnson, the first black woman to achieve the rank of general in the Army. VERDICT This is an excellent resource for starting research on black history, but its sheer volume may be overwhelming to casual researchers. The lesser-known figures, however, make the title worth digging into.--Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Lib., Houston, TX

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