1. Vanessa Williams
She became the first Black woman to be crowned Miss America in 1983 (then had to give the title up due to some steamy pictures of her that surfaced).
2. Halle Berry
In 2002, she became the first Black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
3. Toni Morrison
She became the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
4. Vonetta Flowers
In 2002 the first Black woman won a gold medal in the winter Olympics.
5. Tyra Banks
In 1997 she became the first Black model to appear on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition'
6. Condoleeza Rice
She became the first Black female appointed Secretary Of State in 2005 after becoming first Black woman to serve as the National Security adviser.
7. Beverly Johnson
The first Black supermodel was the first to Black woman the grace the covers of 'Elle' and American 'Vogue' magazines in the 1970s.
8. Barack & Michelle
Gallery of the black women who were the firsts in their fields.