Seven members of the Full Circle Everest group scaled Mount Rainier in Washington last year and worked to conquer Everest after that. The team left base camp May 2, reaching the summit May 12. Of the estimated 10,000 people to have previously climbed Everest, only about 10 were Black, meaning Full Circle’s feat nearly doubled the number of Black climbers who’ve reached its peak.
In 1963, the first American expedition reached the summit of Everest. That same year Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. It took 40 more years for the first Black climber to summit Everest. Still, there has never been an all-Black team to summit the tallest mountain on Earth.