||Monday, January 1, 2001
||First Black... Continued
||First Black woman ambassador: Patricia Roberts Harris, appointed by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson to Lyxembourg in 1965.
First Black woman astronaut: Mae Jemison. MD Degree 1981, Cornell Univ. Accepted June 1987 to NASA Astronaut Program.
Born Decatur, Alabama; considers Chicago as hometown.
First Black woman director of major US company: Patricia Roberts Harris, of IBM in 1971
First Black woman millionaire: Madame C.J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove) in 1905 invented and patented a straightening comb that when
heated and used with a special hair pomade would smooth out curl of black hair. By 1919 her company, Walker's Manufacturing Co.,
employed 3,000. At her death in 1919 her worth was $1,000,000. (Tall Demo, 2/12/89)
First Black woman on the President's cabinet: Patricia Roberts Harris. Carter Administration: Housing and Urban Development, 1977-79;
Health, Education and Welfare, 1979-81.
First Black woman bank president: Maggie Lena Walker
First Black woman to obtain a pilot's license: Bessie Coleman