The First Black
Have you ever wondered who the first person to do something was? I wonder about that all of the time. I wonder what the first word was, who the first person to write a word was, who created the first book? All of these things take up space in what I consider to be the overflowing portals of my brain. More than just those thoughts though, I wonder who the first Black person was to do things. I found myself Googling these questions in the middle of the night and reading what some would consider useless knowledge.
I, however, don’t believe that any knowledge is useless. I will share with you each week a few of the fun facts that I find in my Google searches. Some you already know while others you may fall upon for the first time. Either way, I hope that you will share the information with someone else so that these great firsts don’t become lasts.
What will you be the first to do?
William Wells Brown was the first Black author, publishing “Clotel” in 1853. I wrote a little paper about this using Jay-Z’s Decoded and arguing that English is a second language for Black people. Maybe I will post it one day for you to read.