March 2008- Lieutenant Governor David Patterson became the first African- American Governor of New York and was also blind.
May 2008- Karen Bass became the first African American woman elected as Speaker of a state House of Representatives.
July 2008- Venus Williams wins her fifth Wimbledon singles title and wins the Wimbledon doubles title with her sister, Serena.
August 2008-Cullen Jones becomes the second African American to win an Olympic gold medal.
October 2008- Tyler Perry becomes the first African American to own a major film and television studio.
November 2008-Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be President of the United States.
January 2009- Susan Rice becomes the first Afican American woman to be the United States' U.N. Ambassador.
February 2009-Eric Holder becomes the first African American Attorney General of the United States.
June 2009-Michael Jackson dies at age 50.
September 2009- Venus and Serena Williams become the first African Americans world doubles tennis champions.
November 2009- Darius Rucker becomes the first African American to win the Country Music Associaton's New Artist of the Year Award.
December 2009-Tatiana became the first Afican American Disney Princess.