November 5

Shirley Chisolm
Shirley Chisolm

1974- Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress.

November 6

Sharon Pit Kelly
Sharon Pratt Kelly

1990- Sharon Pratt Kelly was elected mayor of Washington, D.C., making her the first woman of any race to hold that position.

November 7

Lawrence Douglas Wilder

1989- Lawrence Douglas Wilder became the first African American governor for Virginia and in the U.S. since reconstruction. He served as the 66th governor from 1990 to 1994.

November 8

Crystal Bird Fauset

1938- Crystal Bird Fauset became the first African American woman elected to State Legislature in the U.S. acquiring this distinction by being named to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

November 9

Dorothy Dandridge
Dorothy Dandridge

1922- Iconic actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The actress was the first recognized African American actress and sex symbol.

November 10

Charlie Sifford

1957- Charlie Sifford became the first African American person to win a professional golf tournament at the Long Beach Open.

November 11

Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong

1925- Louis Armstrong recorded his first of “Hot Five” and “Hot Seven” recordings that influenced the direction of jazz.