It’s not even February yet and we already have three new inductees in the 2013 class of “African-American Firsts.”
First, we have 22-year-old Michael Tubbs who recently became the youngest elected city councilman in his hometown of Stockton, CA. He began is campaign while he was still student at Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a master’s in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies.
Tubbs, who began his term this month, is the product of a teenage mother and an incarcerated father. He has overcome adversity and he says he’s honored to serve the city that raised him.
Next, we have 29-year-old Kyla McMullen. This Washington DC native recently became the first African-American woman at the University of Michigan to earn a PhD in computer science. Since she had very few role models in her field, she served as both the president and vice president of the Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists in her department.
McMullen and Tubbs also join Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest ever Oscar nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
A few African-American Firsts from 2012 include:
- Gabby Douglas, the first black woman to win gold in the gymnastics individual all-around competition.
- Courtney Pearson, the first black woman to hold the homecoming queen title at the University of Mississippi.
- Tia Norfleet, the first African-American female racer in NASCAR.
- Don Thompson, the first African-American CEO at the McDonald’s Corp.
- Keija Minor, the first African-American woman to be named editor-in-chief of a Condé Nast publication.