The history of African Americans in the United States is filled with injustice, tremendous acts of cruelty and the story of overcoming. Overcoming is the key to recovery from addiction and, while African-Americans have a history of drug addiction and alcoholism comparable to other races in the United States, they also have an amazing history of Recovery and overcoming addiction.
Because of the crack and cocaine epidemic in African American neighborhoods, the fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous also has a history of African American leadership. But even Alcoholics Anonymous had black members in its early days. The first black member of AA was Joe McQ from Little Rock Arkansas in the late 1930s.