Since 1789, Black is the first African-American, the first Seventh-day Adventist and the first military chaplain to serve as chaplain of the U.S. Senate—all facts left out of the AP stew.The AP is allowed by their own rules to mention his race—according to the AP Stylebook
Race: Identification by race is pertinent:It's amazing that they could do a story about him and not mention his race. He was elected Chaplain of the Senate in 2003, by the way, during the Bush Administration.
In biographical and announcement stories, particularly when they involve a feat or appointment that has not routinely been associated with members of a particular race. [I. E. the "first black" to do something good is relevant. The thousandth black to commit an armed robbery is not.]