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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: TAYLOR HILL—FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES; ULLSTEIN BILD/GETTY IMAGES; MATT MCCLAIN—THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES; HANNES MAGERSTAEDT—GETTY IMAGES

February is Black History Month. Here are four firsts in Black history. These famous people led the way.

She won a big match.

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Althea Gibson was the first Black tennis champion at Wimbledon. She won the big match in 1957.

She changed schools.

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In 1960, Ruby Bridges became the youngest Black child to go to a white school in the South.

He led a country.

HANNES MAGERSTAEDT—GETTY IMAGES

Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States, from 2009 to 2017. He was the country’s first Black president.

She leads the library.

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Carla Hayden became the first Black Librarian of Congress, in 2016. She heads the world’s biggest library.

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