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Allison Madison Makes History As Mound City's First Woman & African American Mayor

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Allison Madison Makes History As Mound City's First Woman & African American Mayor

Photo courtesy of KFVS This week, Allison Madison added her name to the history books as the first woman and first African American to be elected as mayor of Mound City, Illinois. If you couldn't tell already from the picture, the new mayor-elect couldn't be more excited to blaze her own trail in Mound City politics. "It's history," said Madison. "Now that part, that's amazing, that's just awesome to me and I guess I'm happy about that!" Before making her bid for mayor, Madison was hesitate to enter politics, until she thought to herself "'okay, I’ll just try this to see what can...

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Dawn Staley Joins Carolyn Peck As The Only Two African American Women To Coach A National Champion

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Dawn Staley Joins Carolyn Peck As The Only Two African American Women To Coach A National Champion

On Sunday night, South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley made good on her promise to Carolyn Peck (the first African American coach to win an NCAA women's basketball title) by becoming an NCAA champion. Having a full circle moment, Staley, who went to the Final Four three times as a player, and once as a coach, brought home her first NCAA Title. The win also marks South Carolina's first women's basketball national championship. During the post-game press conference, Staley took time to thank the woman who passed on a piece of an inspiration to her. Dawn Staley will be able to fulfill a...

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The South African Air Force Has Its First Black Woman C-130 Aircraft Commander

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The South African Air Force Has Its First Black Woman C-130 Aircraft Commander

For the first time in the South African Air Force's (SAAF) 97-year history, it has promoted a Black woman to become the commander of a C-130 military cargo plane. Her name is Major Nandi Zama. The 31-year-old joined the military after she graduated high school. "I went through military training and then I was at the central flying school in 2006 and got my wings in December", said Zama.   From there, Zama was transferred to the 41 Squadron, where she flew a single-engined utility aircraft called the Cessna Caravan. She then served in the 44 Squadron and got experience flying the...

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Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Manuel Makes More History

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Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Manuel Makes More History

  Olympic swimming champion, Simone Manuel soars into the record books again. During this year's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, Manuel completely demolished every single record in the 100 freestyle and became the first woman to swim the event in less than 46 seconds. She also swam the 50 freestyle in a record breaking time of 21.17.  On top of setting individual records, Manuel and her teammates of the Stanford Cardinals, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, and Lia Neal set an American and NCAA record in the 400 freestyle. Manuel, Ledecky, Neal and Ella Eastin also set a NCCA record in the 800 freestyle. The...

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Say Hello To The First Black Woman Neurosurgery Resident At Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Say Hello To The First Black Woman Neurosurgery Resident At Johns Hopkins Hospital

The most important day for fourth year medical students is the third Friday in March, when they find out where they have been accepted for their residency program. It's called Match Day. For medical student Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, it also became the day she made history as the first Black woman to become a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After moving from Ghana to the United States with her parents at age 15, Abu-Bonsrah went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and chemistry from Mount St. Mary’s University. In 2012, she started her medical student journey at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of...

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