In this book, we celebrate those African Americans on whose shoulders we stand.
Cathay Williams was the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army — in a time when women were prohibited from serving.
Hazel Browne Williams, the first full-time African American professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, exemplified academic excellence throughout her career as an educator.
More than a century after the Kansas City Fire Department was established, Edward Wade Wilson became its first African American chief, capping a trailblazing career of nearly 46 years.
An inspiring teacher and passionate communicator, Josephine Silone Yates devoted her life to fighting racial prejudice.