Vanessa Williams was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
also on today in 1970,
The Flip Wilson Show premiered on NBC. It was the first prime time variety show starring an African American male since the Nat King Cole Show.
and also, on today, in 1968,
Julia premiered on NBC with Diahann Carroll in the title role. It was the first modern television show to star an African American woman since Beulah in the 1950's.