African-American Firsts in 2012

Black Americans achieved some important milestones in 2012.

African-American Firsts in 2012 - From the first Black senator from South Carolina to the first Black editor of a Conde Nast magazine, 2012 produced some notable African-American firsts. BET.com takes a look at the historic moments. ? Jonathan P. Hicks

1 / 10

African-American Firsts in 2012 - From the first Black senator from South Carolina to the first Black editor of a Conde Nast magazine, 2012 produced some notable African-American firsts. BET.com takes a look at the historic moments. — Jonathan P. Hicks

/content/dam/betcom/images/2012/09/Fashion-and-Beauty-09-16-09-30/092612-fashion-and-beauty-keija-minor-editor.jpg

2 / 10

Keija Minor, Editor - Keija Minor became the first Black editor of a Conde Nast magazine when she was named editor-in-chief of Brides magazine.

/content/dam/betcom/images/2011/10/Politics/101511-politics-Steven-Horsford.jpg

3 / 10

Steven Horsford, Congressman - Steven Horsford, a Democratic member and Majority Leader of the Nevada Senate, was elected the first Black Congressman from that state. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Fred Luter, Religous Leader - Fred Luter became first Black president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination born in defense of slavery and a spiritual home to white supremacists. (Photo: John McCusker/Times-Picayune /Landov)

4 / 10

Fred Luter, Religous Leader - Fred Luter became first Black president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination born in defense of slavery and a spiritual home to white supremacists. (Photo: John McCusker/Times-Picayune /Landov)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2012/03/National-03-16-03-31/032212-national-McDonalds-don-thompson.jpg

5 / 10

Don Thompson, Business Executive - Don Thompson, a 22-year veteran of the McDonald’s Corporation, became the first Black chief executive of the company.  (Photo: Yves Logghe/AP Photo, File)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2012/05/Sports/052512-sports-racing-tia-norfleet.jpg

6 / 10

Tia Norfleet, Race Car Driver - Tia Norfleet became the first African-American woman to receive a NASCAR racing license. She is the daughter of NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet.  (Photo: courtesy Nascar)

Top of His Class - Scott was elected president of his House freshman class. Majority Leader Eric Cantor once described him as "leadership personified."   (Photo: Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

7 / 10

Tim Scott, Senator - Tim Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Black member of that body from South Carolina. (Photo: Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2012/10/National-10-16-10-31/101612-national-mississippi-homecoming-queen-courtney-pearson.jpg

8 / 10

Courtney Roxanne Pearson, Homecoming Queen - Courtney Roxanne Pearson was crowned as the first Black homecoming queen at the University of Mississippi, a school with a history of segregation. (Photo: AP/File)

/content/dam/betcom/images/2012/02/National-02-01-02-15/021512-national-charniele-herring.jpg

9 / 10

Charniele Herring, Political Leader - Charniele Herring became the first Black Democratic Party chairwoman in Virginia. She is a member of the state’s House of Delegates and served as the minority whip. (Photo: courtesy Charniele Herring)

Antron Brown, Drag Racing Champion - Antron Brown, a drag racer, became the first African-American driver to win a major auto racing title by winning the Top Fuel National Hot Rod Association championship. (Photo: Jose Carlos Fajardo/Contra Costa Times/MCT /Landov)

10 / 10

Antron Brown, Drag Racing Champion - Antron Brown, a drag racer, became the first African-American driver to win a major auto racing title by winning the Top Fuel National Hot Rod Association championship. (Photo: Jose Carlos Fajardo/Contra Costa Times/MCT /Landov)