In doing research for a biography of Bill Pickett, Sibyl Hancock came across so many interesting facts about people that she decided to write about their many contributions to our world's culture. This book tells about some black people who succeeded in becoming the first of their race to achieve something unusual and important in the shaping of the destiny of America.
Famous First of Black Americans features short biographies of notable black people whose important achievements helped shape the destiny of America. They are arranged in chronological order and include those who made significant contributions in the fields of science, politics, sports, and the arts—from Estevanico Dorantez, an early Spanish explorer, to Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play major league baseball.
Sibyl Hancock was the author of fourteen previous books, including Old Blue, which was an ALA Notable Book in 1980 and was on the master list of the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the Washington State Children's Choice Picture Book Award.
A free-lance writer, a children's book critic and collector, and a newspaper columnist, Ms. Hancock has been recognized as a leading writer and has been invited to speak and teach for numerous writing groups. She is listed in Contemporary Authors and Something about the Author.
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