10 Incredible African American Women

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One of the very first nods to black history was in 1976 when ‘Negro History Week’ was celebrated in February. This was the seedling that grew into ‘Black History Month’. When we stop for a moment to reflect on just how far America has come considering its dreadful history when it comes to racism and misogyny, it comes as a pleasant shock to see how much has been achieved on both fronts. Not only did a man of color win the Presidential election in recent years, it was as inspiring that a woman came close to becoming the president. Momentous events like this, and the progress that has been made are worth celebrating – as is the many extraordinary African American women who have made this scale of development possible.

 

Here are 10 of them:

Rosa Parks
The iconic woman who would not give up her bus seat in 1955, and set off an avalanche of political movement that culminated in the ending of segregation.

Angela Davis
A professor, public speaker, writer and political activist, Angela was jailed for her humanitarian efforts.

Shirley Chisholm
Shirley became the first Congresswoman of color and the first to contend for presidency in 1972.

Zora Neale Hurston
An animated writer who took part in the Harlem Renaissance, Zora is famous for her novel, ‘Their eyes were watching God’. She is highly influential on female black writers.

Mary McLeod Bethune
Founder of the National Council of Negro Women and activist for minorities, Mary also started a school for black girls in 1906 which eventually evolved into the Bethune-Cookman College.

Mae Jemison
A Peace Corps volunteer, Mae became the first female black astronaut to go into space. She also founded a foundation that backs science camps for children.

Maya Angelou
Former nightclub singer and dancer, Maya became a highly regarded writer. She is also known for campaigning for equality alongside Malcolm X and working for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr.

Oprah Winfrey
Being a talk-show host is the least of Oprah’s achievements. She was Maya Angelou’s protégé and is well-known for using her wealth to affect positive change in communities globally.

Sojourner Truth
Born as a slave named Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner changed her name when she escaped and became a preacher. Sojourner was a fervent activist for women’s rights and abolition.

Harriet Tubman
Also born into slavery, Harriet escaped and liberated her family and several other slaves through the years.

These women are proof that with determination and bravery, profound change can be made in an unfair world. They deserve to be celebrated.

Source: http://www.more.com/lifestyle/culture-causes/10-most-iconic-african-american-women

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28 Comments

  1. Michele Brooks says:

    I love this blog so much! I cant wait to share it with my friends.

  2. sarah wilson says:

    great article , really empowering for all African american woman

  3. Boni Akter says:

    The top 10 women’s history not only make enlighten the history of African American women’s history but also inspirational for all the women, Especially for third world countries women.Hope it will make a good effect in my future life..Really great lesson.

  4. Rakayah VGK says:

    This was an interesting read. I think it could have been better bulked out with some more details on the individual women but aside from that it was a nice inspiration read for the day! 🙂

  5. Avishka says:

    Nice Work. Good Luck!

  6. Fahad says:

    Those girls is really inspiring. They are women power. Now a days girls should learn from there life.

  7. toma lipa says:

    “Someone asked me” What is the first thing you think of when someone says black women? Loud, ghetto, and ratchet, right?
    “Me” No, I think of the beginning of human civilization.

  8. Darren says:

    Great article showing woman empowerment!

  9. Maria says:

    Great article…

  10. johanna says:

    Very beautiful and informative blog. I love history.

  11. William C Williams says:

    So incredible and really inspiring for the women.Women empowering is the key for the success for any nation or society.

  12. Bashitha Senesh says:

    great article , really empowering for all African american woman

  13. brien says:

    We must respect those women like that

  14. Gansay Tamora says:

    Indeed, these women has done something that people at time think of doing, but dont gather the courage to accomplish it. They have gone a bit far beyond that to achieve….

  15. Dinesh says:

    This is a great message that reminds women do influence the world with their incredible talents.

  16. mary hess says:

    Great information i really love this one and also this girl inspire me so really they are great women… also love this blog to provide this type of great information.

  17. Anushanga says:

    Very nice article i appropriate this

  18. prasad says:

    always with you keep it up

  19. avindu bandara says:

    Learned a lot from this blog on american terrific history.Must share

  20. Latifah Lewis says:

    I really enjoy reading the success of African American women

  21. Ferdous Alam says:

    Being a girl is cool. Amazing Articles

  22. shakadaada says:

    Nice Work. Good Luck!

  23. Meghan says:

    What an empowering article. These women give me such inspiration!

  24. weesh says:

    racism doesn’t exist as bad as people make out – these people took chances and created life from hard work regardless of skin colour

  25. chinthaka says:

    real women. nice article

  26. Farafin says:

    Thank you so much. As a black male myself I feel is very crucial to speak about the accomplishments of black females.
    Our daughters and sisters are in dire need of better role models who inspire heart, minds and spirits more than anything else.

  27. Jacob says:

    I love education about women empowerment. I will share this with my daughters. I tell them they can do anything they put their mind to, and this is proof.

  28. david says:

    always with you africa keep it up

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