On this day in 1992, John Singleton became the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for his role as director of the film, Boyz n the Hood.

According to his Wikipedia page, at 24 he was the youngest person ever nominated for Best Director and the first African-American to be nominated for the award. The film has since attained classic status and, in 2002, the United StatesLibrary Congress deemed the film “culturally significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.