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Lung and breast cancer survivor becomes first African American to trek from North to South Pole

First African American Woman In North, South Poles: MyFoxNY.com

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra appoints first African-American maestro

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is making history Wednesday with the appointment of the organization’s first African-American maestro.

Thomas Wilkins will kick off his tenure as the BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor with two daytime performances at Symphony Hall. The shows are the first of seven in a program called, “Community Pride: A Musical Look at Cooperation, Communication, and Conviction.” The series runs through Saturday.

In his new position Wilkins will also engage in outreach, working with the BSO’s education department to help advocate for music education programs in schools throughout Massachusetts.

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L.A.F.D swears-in first African American Fire Chief

Today at 10 A.M. Daryl Osby will be sworn-in, and become the first African American fire chief in the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“It hasn’t fully set in yet. It’s an awesome responsibility, and I compliment the Board in having trust to select me as the fire chief,” said Osby.

Osby led numerous emergency responses in his 27 year career, including a catastrophic train derailment in Commerce in 2003.