Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris became the second African-American woman and the first South Asian American to earn election to the U.S. Senate. In 2019 she announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race.
African-American actress Taraji P. Henson starred in 'Hustle and Flow' and earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.' She has also won a Golden Globe for her role as Cookie on the TV soap opera 'Empire.'
Among many firsts, Patricia Bath is the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.