Alice Ball

Alice Ball was an African American chemist who developed the first successful treatment for those suffering from Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Who Was Alice Ball? Alice Ball was an African American chemist who developed the first successful treatment for those suffering from Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Ball was also the very first African American and the first woman to graduate with a M.S. degree in chemistry from … Continue reading Alice Ball

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Vonetta Flowers In 2002, Vonetta Flowers of Birmingham, Alabama, became the world’s first Black athlete to win Olympic gold at a Winter Games. In Salt Lake City, Flowers, 28, sprinted on ice while pushing a 450-pound bobsled with her teammate Jill Bakken inside, before jumping in, and winning gold in the bobsled—less than two years after she picked up the sport by chance. In college, … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Debi Thomas At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, figure skater Debi Thomas performed her four-minute program to the music of Carmen, the opera by Georges Bizet. And her rival, Germany’s Katarina Witt, chose the exact same song, with the media dubbing the famous showdown as “The Battle of the Carmens.” While Witt won the gold, Thomas took home bronze making her the first … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Shani Davis In February 2006 at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy, Shani Davis, 23, a speedskater from Chicago, became the first African American to win gold in an individual event at a Winter Olympics. Davis grew up on Chicago’s South Side, the only son of Cherie Davis, a secretary, who would take her young son to the roller rink. With his love of fast … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Alice Coachman Born in Albany, Georgia in 1923, Alice Coachman was one of 10 children and a sports prodigy from an early age. As an African American, she could neither practice in local training facilities like gymnasiums or tracks, nor compete in local competitions, due to Jim Crow segregation laws in the South. Instead, she tied rags, ropes and sticks together in a field near her home and practiced … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

More than 200,000 flee ‘apocalyptic’ conflict in Central African Republic

More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) since violence erupted over a December election result, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said, with nearly half crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo. The CAR army, backed by U.N., Russian and Rwandan troops, has been battling rebels seeking to overturn a Dec. 27 vote in which President Faustin-Archange Touadera was declared the winner. “Refugees … Continue reading More than 200,000 flee ‘apocalyptic’ conflict in Central African Republic