Black History Month – Famous African American Firsts In NYC
NYC has a rich history of African American residents who defied the social norms of the day to achieve the highest levels of success in their field.
Jackie Robinson. First African American player to cross the color line in Major League Baseball. He was picked up by the Brookyln Dodgers in 1947. He was also the first African American player to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame.
Lt. Samuel J. Battle. First African American police officer in NYC in 1911.
Marian Anderson. First African American member of the New York Opera in 1954.
Emlen Tunnell. First black player on the New York Giants (1948) and in 1967 became first African American to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton. The first African American pro basketball player in the NBA played for the New York Knicks in 1950.