Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Urban Politico Celebrates Black History Month: African American Firsts

The Urban Politico would like to celebrate Black History Month by bringing you the first achievements by African Americans.  Many African Americans broke down color barriers, forced a culture change or established a new way of doing things.  During Black History Month, we will highlight their achievements.


Alexander Twilight




In 1823, Alexander Twilight became the first African American to earn a bachelor's degree from an American college or university, Middlebury College.  He attend Middlebury College from 1821 until his graduation in 1823.  A true Renaissance Man, Mr. Twilight was a minister, educator, and politician.  In 1836, he was the first African American elected to public office as a state legislator, serving in the Vermont General Assembly. 

Today, The Urban Politico salutes Alexander Twilight, the first African American baccalaureate and legislator.
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