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The first black U.S. president might be on the way out, but the year also saw several African American firsts in literature, entertainment, politics and sports.

Daryl Homer

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 10:  Silver medalist Daryl Homer of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's individual sabre on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 10: Silver medalist Daryl Homer of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s individual sabre on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

After winning the silver medal in the men’s individual sabre fencing at Rio, Daryl Homer became the first American in 112 years to claim second place in the event. He also became the first U.S. man to medal in the event since Peter Westbrook took home the bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Homer got his entry into the sport through the Peter Westbrook Foundation 15 years ago and has made two Olympic appearances.

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