For hundreds of years, African Americans have been breaking
down social barriers and excelling through social setbacks, creating a legacy
of many firsts from Thomas
L. Jennings
becoming the first African American to hold a US patent, to W.E.B.
becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from
Harvard University, to Barack
becoming the first African American President of the United States.

This Black History Month, the Oxford African American Studies Center celebrates
the many African American men and women who dare to be different, challenge the
social norm, and strive for greatness.

Image Credit: “Toni Morrison speaking at ‘A Tribute to Chinua Achebe – 50 Years Anniversary of ‘Things Fall Apart’’” by

Angela Radulescu. CC BY SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. All other images used public domain.