Members of Faith Chapel Christian Center have been the first African American to achieve in education, sports, occupations, and more.


W. Lee Adams:

Was among the 1st group of Blacks in 1964 to integrate the Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer


Terri Alexander: 

The 1st African American Attorney to work for the University Of Alabama System Office Of Counsel


Joe Allen:

The 1st Black Chief Photographer at Channel 13 Television Station where he supervised a staff of 16 photographers.


Ernest Fann

A Baseball Player with the Negro League


Herman Hall:

The 1st Black Television News Reporter to become a Documentary Producer.


Carolyn Hammell:

The 1st  Black to be elected Vice President, and then President of her RN Nursing class at Wallace State College in Hanceville, AL.


Liza Howard:

The 1st African American to enter and graduate from the University of West Alabama.


Bridger Johnson

The 1st African American Director of Nursing at St. Martin’s in the Pines.


Deloris Lowery:

The 1st Black Deputy Tax Assessor of Tuscaloosa County.


Herman Miller:

The 1st African American Operations Supervisor for the Greyhound Bus Station in Birmingham, AL


Willie Moore:

The 1st African American Quarterback at Jess Lanier High School and also the 1st to start as QB.


Lorenzo Newton:

The 1st Black Police Officer hired by the City of Vestavia Hills, AL


Katherine Parham

The 1st Black Cheerleader at Fairfield High School

The 1st Black and 1st Female to graduate from UAB with A Major in Physics and Minor in Mathematics


Ralph Parker:

Served on the Special Grand Jury that successfully indicted the last 2 Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.


Sharon Williams-Pearson:

The 1st Black Female hired at L&N Railroad as a Service Attendant where she serviced Diesel Engines.


Tonya Pettway:

The 1st Black to ever win any award in a preliminary Miss Alabama Pageant winning a Miss America Seal and is now a Certified Miss America Judge.


Lonnie Pressley:

The 1st and only Black Female President for the Alabama Environmental Health Association.  The 1st and only Black Female Environmentalist of the Year for the State of Alabama. 

The 1st and only Black Female recipient of the Clyde Sellers Leadership Award


Rosina Johnson-Shack:

Among the first blacks to integrate Bessemer High School in 1965.


Crystal Smith:

The 1st Black Anesthetist at East End Memorial which is currently St. Vincent’s East. 

The only Black Nurse Anesthetist currently in the Department of Anesthesia at St. Vincent’s East.


Venitta Thomas:

The 1st Black employed as a Personnel Supervisor in the front office of Sunnyland Refining Company.


Barbara Thompson:

The 1st Black Teacher to be hired in 1966 at Enterprise High School - Enterprise AL.



Latrice Williams:

The 1st Black Female with a Nationally Accredited and State Licensed Cosmetology School in the City of Birmingham and also the City of Fairfield Alabama.


Traci Williams:

The 1st Black Female Certified Construction Manager in the State of Alabama. 

The 1st and only Black Female Project Manager hired by Volkert, Inc  

The 3rd Black Female Graduate of Auburn University Building and Science Center.