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Notable Black American women

Author: Jessie Carney Smith; Shirelle Phelps
Publisher: Detroit : Gale Research, ©1992-©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Essays on African American women from 1730 with selections representing diverse areas of achievement including business, civil rights, the arts, education, scholarship, and government. Biographical essays of the most famous African American women--Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune--appear alongside those of modern black women in their prime: historian Nell Painter, writer Alice Walker, and actress Halle Berry.  Read more...
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Notable Black American women.
Detroit : Gale Research, ©1992-©2003
(OCoLC)707051033
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jessie Carney Smith; Shirelle Phelps
ISBN: 0810347490 9780810347496 0810391775 9780810391772 0787664944 9780787664947
OCLC Number: 24468213
Notes: Vol. 3 has Shirelle Phelps as a contributing editor.
Description: 3 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: [Book I]. Clara Leach Adams-Ender (1939- ) : nursing administrator --
Cecelia Adkins (1923-[2007]) : business executive --
Octavia Albert (1853-c. 1899) : writer --
Sadie Alexander (1898-1989) : lawyer, civil rights activist --
Elreta Alexander Ralston (1919-[1998]) : lawyer, judge --
Debbie Allen (1950- ) : actress, television producer, writer and director, singer, dancer --
Caroline Still Anderson (1848-1919) : physician, educator --
Marian Anderson (c. 1900-[1993]) : singer --
Regina M. Anderson (1901-[1993]) : librarian, playwright, arts patron --
Maya Angelou (1928-[2014]) : writer, poet --
Lillian Hardin Armstrong (1989-1971) : musician, composer --
Gertrude Elise Ayer (1884-1971) : activist, educator, writer --
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) : singer, actress, comedienne, author --
Augusta Baker (1911-[1998]) : storyteller, librarian --
Ella Baker (1903-1986) : community organizer, civil rights and domestic activist, education consultant --
Josephine Baker (1906-1975) : dancer, entertainer --
Maria Louise Baldwin (1856-1922) : educator, community worker --
Carnella Barnes (1911-[1997]) : religious leader, community worker --
Etta Moten Barnett (1902-[2004]) : singer, actress, lecturer, community worker, arts patron --
Marguerite Ross Barnett (1942-[1992]) : educator --
Janie Porter Barrett (1865-1948) : social welfare leader, rehabilitation reform activist, clubwoman --
Willie B. Barrow (1924-[2015]) : religious leader, organization executive --
Charlotta Spears Bass (1880-1969) : political theorist, activist, editor --
Daisy Bates (1920-[1999]) : journalist, civil rights activist --
Flora Batson (1864-1906) : singer --
Bessye Bearden (1888-1943) : political and civic worker --
Delilah Leontium Beasley (1867-1934) : historian, journalist --
Phoebe Beasley (1943- ) : radio station executive, artisit --
Louise Beavers (1902-1981) : actress --
Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981) : poet, author, graphic artist, educator, journalist, editor --
Mary Francis Berry (1938- ) : historian, educator, lawyer, government official, civil and human rights activist --
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) : educator, civil and women's rights activist, government official --
Camille Billops (1933- ) : sculptor, printmaker, educator, research collection founder --
Jane M. Bolin (1908-[2007]) : judge --
Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) : composer, musician, educator --
Matilda Booker (1887-1957) : educator --
Eva del Vakia Bowles (1875-1943) : organization worker --
Mary Elizabeth Bowser (1839-?) : Union spy --
Mary E. Branch (1881-1944) : educator, social activist --
Carol Brice (1918-1985) : singer --
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-[2000]) : poet, writer, lecturer --
Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1883-1961) : educator, school founder, author, civic leader --
Dorothy Brown (1919-[2004]) : surgeon, humanitarian --
Hallie Brown (c. 1845-1949) : educator, school founder, author, civic leader--
Letitia Brown (1915-1976) : educator, historian --
Josephine Beall Bruce (18?-1923) : clubwoman, educator --
Grace Ann Bumbry (1937- ) : singer --
Selma Hortense Burke (1900-1995) : sculptor, educator, school founder --
Yvonne Braithwaite Burke (1932- ) : lawyer, politician --
Margaret Taylor Burroughs (1917-[2010]) : artist, arts administrator, educator, lecturer, museum director, writer --
Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879-1961) : school founder, educator, civil rights activist, feminist, religious leader --
Vinie Burrows (1928- ) : actress, director, radio producer --
Anita Bush (1883-1974) : dancer, actress, stock company founder --
Octavia E. Butler (1947-[2006]) : writer --
Selena Sloan Butler (1872?-1964) : community leader, child welfare activist, organization leader --
Shirley Caesar (1938- ) : singer, religious leader --
Blanche Calloway (1902-1973) : singer, entrepeneur --
Lucie Campbell Williams (1885-1962) : composer, educator, evangelist --
Alexa Canady (1950- ) : neurosurgeon --
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie (1916-[2008]) : nurse, educator, author, nursing administrator --
Diahann Carroll (1935- ) : singer, actress --
Betty Carter (1929-[1998]) : singer --
Eunice Hunton Carter (1899-1970) : lawyer, community leader --
Elizabeth Carter Brooks (1867-1951) : educator, clubwoman, civic activist --
Alice Dugged Cary ([1859]?-1941) : educator, social worker, clubwoman --
Melnea Cass (1896-1978) : community leader, civil rights activist --
Elizabeth Catlett (1915-[2012]) : sculptor, painter, printmaker --
Barbara Chase-Riboud (1939- ) : sculptor, writer, poet --
Alice Childress (1920-[1994]) : writer, actress, and director --
May Edward Chinn (1896-1980) : physician, scholar --
Shirley Chisholm (1924-[2005]) : politician, author --
Septima Clark (1898-1987) : educator, humanitarian, civil rights activist --
Alice Coachman (1923-[2014]) : athlete --
Jewell Plummer Cobb (1924- ) : biologist, educator --
Johnnetta Betsch Cole (1936- ) : educator, anthropologist --
Rebecca J. Cole (1846-1922) : physician --
Bessie Coleman (1893-1926) : aviator --
Cardiss Collins (1931-[2013]) : politician --
Janet Collins (1917-[2003]) : dancer, choreographer, educator --
Marva Collins (1936-[2015]) : school founder --
Coralie Cook (18?-1942) : civic worker, educator, activist --
Anna J. Cooper (1858/59-1964) : educator, scholar, writer, feminist, Pan-Africanist, activist --
Fanny Jackson Coppin (1837-1913) : educator, civic and religious activist, feminist --
Camille Cosby (1945- ) : philanthropist, entrepreneur, foundation executive --
Julia Ringwood Coston (18?-?) : publisher, journalist --
Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1892-1987) : singer, musician --
Marie Bernard Couvent (c. 1757-1837) : school founder --
Ida Cox (1896-1967) : singer --
Ellen Craft (c. 1826-c. 1897) : abolitionist, school founder --
Otelia Cromwell (1874-1972) : educator, author --
Maud Cuney Hare (1874-1936) : musician, folklorist, author --
Marion Vera Cuthbert (1896-1989) : educator, organization leader, writer --
Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1965) : actress --
Margaret Danner (1915-[1984]) : poet --
Angela Davis (1944- ) : social activist, educator --
Elizabeth Lindsay Davis (1855-?) : educator, writer, club organizer --
Henrietta Vinton Davis (1860-1941) : elocutionist, actress, political organizer --
Hilda Davis (1905-[2001]) : educator, educational leader --
Jennie Dean (1852-1913) : missionary, school founder, community leader --
Ruby Dee (1924-[2014]) : actress, social activist --
Lucy A. Delaney (1830-?) : slave, author. Sara "Sadie" P. Delaney (1889-1958) : librarian, bibliotherapist --
Clarissa Scott Delany (1901-1927) : poet, essayist, educator, social researcher --
Wilhelmina R. Delco (1929- ) : politician --
Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family (1813-1862) : religious leader --
Bernadine Newsom Denning (1930-[2011]) : educator, government official --
Juliette Derricotte (1897-1931) : organization official, college dean of women --
Irene Diggs (1906-[1998]) : anthropologist --
Sharon Pratt Dixon (1944- ) : politician --
Mattiwilda Dobbs (1925-[2015]) : singer, educator --
Dorothy Donegan (1922-[1998]) : pianist --
Anna Murray Douglass (1813-1882) : activist --
Sarah Mapps Douglass (1806-1882) : educator, activist --
Rita Dove (1952- ) : poet, writer --
Shirley Graham Du Bois (1904-1977) : political activist, writer, playwright, composer, stage director --
Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935) : educator, author, journalist, social and political activist --
Katherine Dunham (1909-[2006]) : dancer, choreographer, school founder, anthropologist --
Alice Dunnigan (1906-1983) : journalist --
Alfreda M. Duster (1904-1983) : civic leader, activist, social worker --
Eva B. Dykes (1893-1986) : educator, writer --
Ramona Hoage Edelin (1945- ) : organization executive --
Marian Wright Edelman (1939- ) lawyer, organization founder, children's rights activist --
Helen G. Edmonds (1911-[1995]) : educator, historian, civic worker --
Ophelia Settle Egypt (1903-1984) : social worker, educator, writer --
Zilpha Elaw (1790?-?) : religious leader, school founder --
Elleanor Eldridge (1785-1865) : entrepreneur, businesswoman --
Daisy Elliott (1919-[2015]) : politician, civil rights activist --
Effie O'Neal Ellis (1913-[1994]) : physician, health administrator --
Evelyn Ellis (1894-1958) : actress --
Mari Evans (1923- ) : writer --
Matilda Arabella Evans (1872-1935) : physician, humanitarian, educator --
Lillian Evanti (1890-1967) : singer, composer --
Sarah Webster Fabio (1928-1979) : poet, educator, critic --
Crystal Dreda Bird Fauset (1893-1965) : politician, community leader, race relations specialist --
Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961) : writer, educator, critic --
Dorothy Boulding Ferebee (1890-1980) : physician, educator --
Catherine Ferguson (1779?-1854) : religious leader, social leader --
Mary Fields (1832?-1914) : entrepreneur, stagecoach driver, mail carrier, pioneer, religious worker --
Ada L. Fisher (1924-[1995]) : lawyer, educator, civil rights activist --
Ella Fitzgerald (1918-[1996]) : singer, songwriter --
Lethia C. Fleming (1876-1963) : organization executive, political worker, clubwoman --
Kay Stewart Flippin (1906-[1996?]) : educator --
Ida Forsyne (1883-?) : dancer --
Margaretta Forten (1808-1875) : abolitionist, educator, school administrator --
Charlotte L. Forten Grimké (1837-1914) : writer, educator, translator, diarist --
Aretha Franklin (1942- ) : singer --
Charlotte White Franklin (19?- ) : artist, educator --
J.E. Franklin (1937- ) : playwright --
Martha Minerva Franklin (1870-1968) : nurse, civil rights activist, organization founder --
Elizabeth Freeman (c. 1744-1829) : servant, nurse --
Meta Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) : sculptor --
Mary Hatwood Futrell (1940- ) : educator, political activist, reformer, organization leader --
Marie D. Gadsden (1919-[2012]) : educator, government official, organization executive --
Irene McCoy Gaines (1892-1964) : civil rights activist, civic worker, clubwoman, social worker --
Phillis "Phyl" T. Garland (1935-[2006]) : writer, music critic, journalist, editor, educator --
Sarah Garnet (1831-1911) : teacher, suffragist --
Frances Joseph Gaudet (1861-1934) : temperance leader, prison reformer, school founder --
Zelma Watson George (1903-[1994]) : sociologist, educator, musicologist, government official, actress, singer, lecturer --
Althea Gibson (1927-[2003]) : athlete --
Paula Giddings (1947- ) : journalist, editor, author --
Nikki Giovanni (1943- ) : poet, writer, commentator --
Eliza Gleason (1909-[2009]) : librarian, library administrator, educator --
Whoopi Goldberg (1950- ) : actress, comedienne --
Nora Antonia Gordon (1866-1901) : religious worker, educator --
Elizabeth T. Greenfield (c. 1819-1876) : singer, teacher --
Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1958) : poet --
Verta Mae Grosvenor (1938- ) : writer, culinary anthropologist --
Lucille C. Gunning (1922- ) : pediatrician, meical services administrator --
Rosa Guy (1928-[2012]) : writer --
E. Azalia Hackley (1867-1922) : artisit, educator, philanthropist --
Clara Hale (1905-[1992]) : institution founder --
Millie E. Hale (1881-1930) : nurse, hospital founder, social activist, civic worker --
Adelaide Hall (1904-[1993]) : singer, actress --
Juanita Hall (1901-1968) : singer, actress, choral director --
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) : civil rights activist, sharecropper --
Grace Towns Hamilton (1907-[1992]) : politician, civic worker --
Virginia Hamilton (1936-[2002]) : writer --
Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) : plywright, activist --
Frances E.W. Harper (1825-1911) : writer, activist --
Barbara Harris (1930- ) : religious leader --
Judia C. Jackson Harris (1873-19?) : school founder, race relations advocate, land club founder --
Marcelite J. Harris (1943- ) : military officer --
Patricia Harris (1924-1985) : lawyer, government official --
Trudier Harris (1948- ) : educator, folklorist --
Hazel Harrison (1883-1969) : musician, educator --
Vivian Harsh (1890-1960) : librarian --
Della Irving Hayden (1851-1924) : educator, school founder community worker --
Elizabeth Ross Haynes (1883-1953) : sociologist, social worker, organization official, author --
Eliza Healy (1846-1919) : educator, religious leader --
Josephine D. Heard (1861-1921?) : poet --
Anna Arnold Hedgeman (1899-1990) : lecturer, consultant, author, activist, social worker --
Dorothy Height (1912-[2010]) : organization leader, social servant, civil and women's rights activist --
Sally Hemings (1773-1836) : slave companion --
Aileen Hernandez (1926- ) : entrepreneur, labor relations specialist, women's rights activist --
Amanda Gray Hilyer (1870-1957) : entrepreneur, pharmacist, civic worker, civil rights activist --
Natalie Hinderas (1927-1987) : musican, educator --
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) : singer --
Annie Wealthy Holland (1871-1934) : educator, organization founder --
Jennifer Holliday (1960- ) : singer --
Margaret Cardozo Holmes (1898-?) : hairstylist, entrepreneur --
Nora Holt (c. 1885-1974) : organization founder, music critic, educator. Julia Hooks (1852-1942) : musician, educator --
Lugenia Burns Hope (1871-1947) : activist, clubwoman --
Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930) : writer, editor, playwright, singer, actress--
Lena Horne (1917-[2010]) : entertainer, singer, actress --
Anna Hudlun (1819-1914) : humanitarian, civic worker --
Gloria Hull (1944- ) : educator, poet, feminist --
Alberta Hunter (1895-1984) : singer, composer, nurse --
Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) : folk artist --
Jane Edna Hunter (1882-1971) : organization founder and director, nurse --
Charlayne Hunter-Gault (1942- ) : journalist --
Addie W. Hunton (1875-1943) : organization official, suffragist, educator, clubwoman, women's rights activist --
Ruby Hurley ([1909-1980]) : civil rights activist, organization leader --
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) : folklorist, writer --
Jean Blackwell Hutson (1914- [1998]) : library administrator and curator --
The Hyers Sisters: Anna Madah Hyers (c. 1856-1930s) : singer ; Emma Louise Hyers (c. 1858-c. 1899) : singer --
Edith J. Ingram (1942- ) : judge --
Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson (1932-[2004]) : sociologist, civil rights activist --
Mae Howard Jackson (1877-1931) : sculptor --
Mahalia Jackson (1911/12-1972) : singer --
Nell Jackson (1929-1988) : athlete, coach, educator --
Rebecca Cox Jackson (1795-1871) : religious visionary, religious leader, spiritual autobiographer --
Shirley Ann Jackson (1946- ) : physicist --
Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897) : writer --
Judith Jamison (1944- ) : dancer, dance company director --
Lucy C. Jefferson (1866-1953) : entrepreneur, clubwoman, civic leader, educator, philanthropist --
Mae C. Jemison (1956- ) : astronaut, physician, government official --
Eva Jessye (1895-[1992]) : composer, musician, choral director, educator, writer, actress --
Beverly Johnson (1952- ) : model, singer --
Eunice Walker Johnson ([1916-2010]) : business executive, fashion show producer --
Georgia Douglas Johnson (1877-1966) : poet, essayist, dramatist --
Halle T.D. Johnson (1864-1901) : physician--
Helene Johnson (1906-[1995]) : poet --
Norma Holloway Johnson ([1932-2011]) : federal judge --
Clara Stanton Jones (1913- [2012]) : library administrator, educator, civic leader --
Lois M. Jones (1905-[1998]) : artisit, educator --
Sarah Garland Jones (18?-1905) : physician --
Sissieretta Jones (1869-1933) : singer --
Virginia Lacy Jones (1912-1984) : librarian, educator --
Barbara Jordan (1936-[1996]) : politician, lawyer, educator --
June Jordan (1936-[2002]) : poet, writer, educator --
Anna Johnson Julian ([1901-1994]) : educator, sociologist, entrepreneur --
Elizabeth Keckley (c. 1824-1907) : dressmaker, White House modiste --
Leontine Kelly (1920-[2012]) : religious leader --
Florynce "Flo" Kennedy (1916-[2000]) : civil and women's rights activist, lawyer --
Mae Taylor Street Kidd ([1904-1999]) : politician, public relations consultant --
Jamaica Kincaid (1949- ) : writer --
Coretta Scott King (1927-[2006]) : civil rights activist --
Eartha Kitt (1928-[2008]) : actress, singer --
Flemmie Kittrell (1904-1980) : educator, nutritionist --
Elizabeth Duncan Koontz (1919-1989) : educator, organization official --
Jewel Stradford Lafontant (1928-[1997]) : lawyer, ambassador --
Daisy Lampkin (1888-1965) : political activist, suffragist, civil rights reformer, organization official --
Pinkie Gordon Lane (1923-[2008]) : poet, writer --
Lucy Laney (1854-1933) : school founder, educator --
Nella Larsen (1891-1964) : writer, librarian, nurse --
Catherine A. Latimer (1895?-1948) : librarian --
Margaret Morgan Lawrence (1914- ) : psychiatrist, educator --
Marjorie McKenzie Lawson (1912-[2002]) : judge, civic activist, journalist --
Jarena Lee (1783-?) : religious leader, author --
Edmonia Lewis (1845?-?) : sculptor --
Elma Lewis (1921- [2004]) : arts administrator, educator --
Ida Elizabeth Lewis (1935- ) : journalist, editor, publisher --
Samella Sanders Lewis (1924- ) : art historian, artist, author, art curator, editor, educator, filmmaker --
Abbey Lincoln (1930-[2010]) : singer, composer, actress, poet --
Inabel Burns Lindsay (1900-1983): social worker, educator --
Adella Hunt Logan (1863-1915) : educator, women's rights activist, clubwoman --
Audre Lorde (1934-[1992]) : poet, essayist, librarian --
Josephine Harreld Love (1914- ) : pianist, arts administrator, musicologist --
Ruth B. Love (1935- ) : educator, school administrator, entrepreneur --
Jackie "Moms" Mabley (1894-1975) : dancer, singer, comedienne --
Jane Ellen McAllister (1899-[1996]) : educator --
Gertrude P. McBrown (1898?-1989) : poet, playwright, educator, actress, stage director --
Jewell Jackson McCabe (1924- ) : entrepreneur, organization official --
Rosalie "Rose" McClendon (1884-1936) : actress --
Mary Eleanora McCoy (1846-1923) : philanthropist, clubwoman --
Viola McCoy (c. 1900-c. 1956) : entertainer, singer --
M.A. McCurdy (1852-?) : editor, educator, temperance leader --
Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952) : singer, actress --
Alice Woodby McKane (1865-1948) : physician, author, suffragist --
Nina Mae McKinney (1912-1967) : acttress, dancer, singer --
Enolia Pettigen McMillan (1904-[2006]) : organization executive, educator, administrator --
Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen (1911-[1995]) : actress --
Carmen McRae (1922-[1994]) : singer, pianist --
Naomi Long Madgett (1923- ) : poet, publisher --
Mary Mahoney (1845-1926) : nurse, civil rights activist, suffragist --
Gerri Major (1894-1984) : journalist --
Arenia C. Mallory (1904-1977) : college president, clubwoman, religious leader --
Annie Turnbo Malone (1869-1957) : entrepreneur --
Vivian Malone (1942-[2005]) : civil rights activist --
Paule Burke Marshall (1929- ) : writer--
Sara Martin (1884-1955) : singer --
Biddy Mason (1818-1891) : entrepreneur, midwife, nurse, philanthropist, humanitarian --
Lena Doolin Mason (1864-?) : religious leader, poet, lecturer --
Victoria Earle Matthews (1861-1907) : author, journalist, clubwoman, social worker --
Dorothy Maynor (1910-[1996]) : opera singer, choral director, school founder --
Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868) : actress, poet --
Louise Meriwether (1923- ) : writer, social activist --
Lydia Moore Merrick (1890-1987) : journal founder, editor --
Emma F.G. Merritt (1860-1933) : singer, educator, lecturer, social worker --
May Miller (1899-[1995]) : playwright, educator, poet --
Florence Mills (1896-1927) : entertainer --
Abbie Mitchell (1884-1960) : singer, actress. Juanita Mitchell (1913-[1992]) : lawyer, community activist, civil rights leader --
Mollie Moon (1912-1990) : pharmacist, civic worker, organization founder, public relations executive, activist --
Melba Moore (1945- ) : actress, singer, comedienne --
Queen Mother Audley Moore (1898-[1997]) : Pan-Africanist, community organizer --
Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989) : composer, arranger, educator --
Rose Morgan ([1912-2008]) : entrepreneur --
Toni Morrison (1931- ) : educator, editor, writer --
Gertrude Bustill Mossell (1855-1948) : educator, journalist, feminist --
Lucy Ellen Moten (1851-1933) : educator --
Constance Baker Motley (1921-[2005]) : lawyer, politician, judge --
Joan Murray (1941- ) : broadcast journalist, entrepreneur --
Pauli Murray (1910-1985) : lawyer, poet, scholar, author, educator, administrator, religious leader, civil rights and women's movement activist --
Ethel Ray Nance (1899-[1992]) : secretary, museum assistant, historian, writer --
Nettie Langston Napier (1861-1938) : clubwoman, activist --
Diane Nash (1938- ) : civil rights activist, educator --
Annie Greene Nelson (1902-[1993?]) : writer, nurse, educator --
Effie Lee Newsome (1885-1979) : poet, author, illustrator, librarian --
Camille Nickerson (1888-1982) : collector, arranger, composer, musician, educator --
Jessye Norman (1945- ) : singer --
Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938- ) : lawyer, government official, politician, educator --
Oblate Sisters of Providence : religious leaders, educators --
Odetta (1930-[2008]) : singer --
Nell Irvin Painter (1942- ) : historian, educator, author --
Rosa Parks (1913-[2005]) : civil rights activist --
Mary Parrish (G. Ermine) (c. 1863-?) : journalist, educator, church worker --
Mary Jane Patterson (1840-1894) : educator, educational administrator --
Georgia E.L. Patton (1864-1900) : physician, religious worker --
Ethel Payne (1911-1991) : journalist --
Carolyn Robertson Payton (1925-[2001]) : psychologist, educator, government official --
Mary S. Peake (1823-1862) : educator --
Anna Belle Rhodes Penn (1865-?) : writer, poet, educator --
Carrie Saxon Perry (1931- ) : politician, community activist, social worker --
Julia Perry (1924-1979) : composer, musician, educator --
Dorothy Peterson (c. 1900-?) : patron of the arts, theater founder, educator, manuscripts collector --
Ann Petry (1911-[1997]) : writer --
L. Eudora Pettigrew (1928- ) : educator --
Vel R. Phillips (1924- ) : politician --
Annette L. Phinazee (1920-1983) : librarian, educator --
Ann Plato (c. 1820-?) : poet, educator --
Willa B. Player (1909-[2003]) : educator, government official, consultant --
Mary Ellen Pleasant (c. 1814-1904) :civil rights activist, entrepreneur --
Dorothy Porter (1905-[1995]) : library curator, librarian --
Ersa Hines Poston (1921-[2009]) : government official --
Renee Francine Poussaint (1944- ) : broadcast journalist --
Georgia M. Powers (1933- ) : politician, entrepreneur --
Evelyn Preer (1896-1932) : actress --
Frances E.L. Preston (c. 1840-1929) : elocutionist, entrepreneur, school founder, temperence lecturer, organist --
Florence Price (1888-1953) : composer, musician --
Leontyne Price (1927- ) : singer --
Amelia Perry Pride (1858-1932) : educator, institution founder --
Pearl Primus (1919-[1994]) : dancer --
Lucy Terry Prince (c. 1730-1821) : poet, orator --
Nancy Gardner Prince (1799-?) : servant, seamstress, religious worker, writer --
Ernesta G. Procope ([1931]- ) : entrepreneur --
Barbara Gardner Proctor (1933- ) : entrepreneur, writer --
Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) : sculptor, educator --
Mary Ann Prout (1801-1884) : school founder, educator, church worker, humanitarian, social activist --
Harriet Forten Purvis (1810-1909) : activist --
Sarah Forten Purvis (c. 1811-1898?) : poet, activist --
Norma Quarles (1936- ) : broadcast journalist, disc jockey --
Muriel Rahn (1911-1961) : singer, activist --
Ma Rainey (G. Pridgett) (1886-1939) : singer --
Amanda Randolph (c. 1902-1967) : actress, singer --
Virginia Randolph (1870-1958) : educator, social worker --
Charlotte E. Ray (1850-1911) : lawyer --
H. Cordelia Ray (c. 1849-1916) : poet, educator --
Bernice J. Reagon (1942- ) : museum curator, writer, historian, musician, civil rights activist --
Sarah P. Remond (1826-1894) : activist, physician --
Beah Richards (1926-[2000]) : actress --
Fannie M. Richards (1840-1922) : educator, school founder, social reformer, civil rights activist --
Gloria Richardson (1922- ) : civil rights activist --
Florida Ruffin Ridley (1861-1943) : clubwoman, writer, educator, social worker --
Eslanda Goode Robeson (1896-1965) : chemist, business manager, writer, anthropologist, activist, Pan-Africanist --
Rubye Doris Robinson (1942-1967) : civil rights activist --
Charlemae Hill Rollins (1897-1979) : librarian, storyteller, author --
Diana Ross (1944- ) : singer, actress --
Wilma Rudolph (1940-[1994]) : athlete --
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (1842-1924) : clubwoman, civic leader, civil and women's rights activist --
Betye Saar (1926- ) : artist, educator --
Edith S. Sampson (1901-1979) : lawyer, judge --
Deborah Sampson (Robert Shurtleff) (1760-1827) : soldier, educator --
Sonia Sanchez (1934- ) : poet, playwright, activist, lecturer --
Doris Saunders (1921-[2014]) : publishing executive, journalist, librarian, educator --
Augusta Savage (1892-1962) : sculptor, educator --
Philippa Schuyler (1931-1967): musician --
Esther Mae Scott (1893-1979) : musician --
Gloria Scott (1938- ) : educator, organization official --
Hazel Scott (1920-1981) : musician, singer, actress, social activist --
Mary Ann Shadd (1823-1893) : journalist, orator, educator, activist --
Ntosake Shange (1948- ) : poet, playwright, performer, writer --
Ella Sheppard Moore (1851-1914) : pianist, choral director --
Olivia Shipp (O. Porter) (1880-1980) : musician, organization founder --
Modjeska Simkins (1899-[1992]) : civil rights activist, educator --
Althea T.L. Simmons (1924-1990) : lawyer, lobbyist, organization official --
Judy Simmons (1944- ) : poet, journalist, editor, singer, pianist --
Hilda Simms (1920-[1994]) : actress --
Nina Simone (1933-[2003]) : musician, singer --
Carole Simpson (1940- ) : broadcast journalist --
Naomi Sims (1948-[2009]) : model, entrepreneur, lecturer, author --
Barbara Sizemore (1927-[2004]) : educator --
Norma Merrick Sklarek (1928-[2012]) : architect --
Edith Barksdale Sloan (1940-[2012]) : politician, lawyer --
Lucy Diggs Slowe (1885-1937) : educator. Ada Smith (1894-1984) : singer, entertainer, nightclub hostess --
Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915) : missionary, religious leader --
Bessie Smith (1894-1937) : singer --
Clara Smith (1894-1935) : singer, musician --
Lucie Wilmot Smith (1861-1888) : journalist, editor --
Mamie Smith (1883-1946) : singer --
Willie Mae Ford Smith (1904-[1994]) : singer, religious leader --
Mabel Murphy Smythe-Haithe (1918-[2006]) : educator, government official --
Valaida Snow (c. 1900-1956) : musician, singer, dancer --
Eileen Southern (1920-[2002]) : pianist, musicologist, educator, writer --
Eulalie Spence (1894-1981) :playwright, educator, theater critic --
Anne Spencer (1882-1975) : poet, librarian --
Isabele Taliaferro Spiller (1888-1974) : school cofounder, educator, performer --
Hortense Spillers (1942- ) : educator, author --
Victoria Spivey (1906-1976) : singer, entertainer, entrepreneur --
Jeanne Spurlock (1921- [1999]) : psychiatrist, educator, administrator --
Mabel Keaton Staupers (1890-1989) : nurse, organization executive --
Susan McKinney Steward (1847-1918) : physician, hospital founder, women's right activist --
Ella P. Stewart (1893-1987) : pharmacist, entrepreneur, clubwoman, editor --
Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879) : women's rights activist, journalist, educator --
Juanita Kidd Stout (1919-[1998]) : judge --
Niara Sudarkasa (1938- ) : educatpr, anthropologist --
Madame Sul-Te-Wan (1873-1959) : actress --
Mary Morris Talbert (1866-1923) : educator, civil rights activist --
Ann Tanneyhill (1906-[2001]) : organization administrator --
Ellen Tarry (1906-[2008]) : author, journalist --
Anna Diggs Taylor (1932- ) : judge --
Eva Taylor (1895-1977) : singer, dancer, radio show hostess --
Susan King Taylor (1848-1912) : nurse, activist, author --
Susan L. Taylor (1946- ) : editor, television show host --
Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) : writer, lecturer, educator, clubwoman --
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) : singer, guitarist --
Alma Thomas (1891-1978) : educator, artist --
Edna Thomas (1886-1974) : actress --
Lillian May Thomas (1857-?) : journalist, social reformer, women's rights activist --
Eloise Bibb Thompson (1878-1928) : writer, journalist --
Era Bell Thompson (1906-1986) : journalist, author --
Louise Thompson (1901- [1999]) : educator, labor organizer, social reformer --
Adah Thoms (1870?-1943) : nurse, social rights activist, feminist --
Lucinda Thurman (1849-1918) : temperance leader, clubwoman --
Sue Thurman (1903-[1996]) : editor, religious worker, lecturer, community worker --
Jackie Torrence (1944- ) : storyteller --
Geraldine Pindell Trotter (1872-1918) : editor, entrepreneur, activist, civic worker --
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) : abolitionist, women's rights activist, lecturer, religious leader --
Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913) : Underground Railroad conductor, Union scout and spy, nurse, feminist --
C. DeLores Tucker (1927-[2005]) : civic leader, politician --
Tina Turner (1939- ) : singer, actress --
Cicely Tyson (1942- ) : actress --
Susan Paul Vashon (1838-1912) : Civil War relief organizer --
Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) : singer --
Mother Charleszetta Waddles (1912-[2001]) : religious leader and visionary, humanitarian --
A(i)da Overton Walker (1870-1914) : entertainer --
A'Lelia Walker (1885-1931) : arts patron, entrepreneur --
Alice Walker (1944- ) : writer, poet, lecturer --
Lelia Walker (1886-1954) : philanthropist, civic worker, humanitarian --
Madame C.J. Walker (1867-1919) : entrepreneur, feminist, civil rights activist, newspaper founder, lecturer --
Maggie L. Walker (1867-1934) : author, poet, editor --
Margaret Walker (1915-[1998]) : author, poet, educator --
Joan Scott Wallace (1930- ) : social scientist, educator, government official --
Phyllis Ann Wallace (c. 1920s-[1993]) : economist, educator, scholar, activist --
Sippie Wallace (1898-1976) : singer --
Clara Mae Ward (1924-1973) : singer --
Laura Wheeler Waring (1887-1948) : artist, educator --
Dionne Warwick (1940- ) : singer --
Dinah Washington (1924-1963) : singer --
Fredi Washington (1903-[1993]) : dancer, actress, organization founder --
Josephine Washington (1861-1949) : writer, educator --
Margaret M. Washington (c. 1861-1925) : educator, clubwoman --
Olivia D. Washington (1854-1889) : educator, school founder --
Sarah Spencer Washington (1889-?) : entrepreneur, philanthropist --
Ethel Waters (1896-1977) : singer, dancer, actress --
Faye Wattleton (1943- ) : organizatio executive, reproductive rights activist --
Ida B. Wells Barnett (1862-1930) : journalist, lecturer, social activist, clubwoman, feminist, antilynching crusader --
Dorothy West (1907-[1998]) : writer, editor, journalist --
Doris L. Wethers (1927- ) : pediatrician --
Laura Frances Wheatley (18?-19?) : educator, social and political activist, patron of the arts, writer, entrepreneur --
Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) : poet --
Ionia Rollin Whipper (1872-1953) : physician, religious leader --
Eartha White (1876-1974) : social worker, community leader, businesswoman, teacher --
Fannie B. Williams (1855-1944) : lecturer, civic leader, clubwoman, journalist --
Lorraine A. Williams (1923-[1996]) : educator, clubwoman --
Maria Selika Williams (1849?-1937) : singer --
Mamie Williams (1872-1951) : civic leader --
Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) : musician, composer, arranger, educator --
Edith Wilson (1896-1981) : singer --
Harriet E.A. Wilson (1827?-c.1870) : writer --
Margaret Bush Wilson (1919-[2009]) : lawyer, civil rights leader --
Nancy Wilson (1937- ) : singer, activist --
Oprah Winfrey (1954- ) : talk show host, actress --
Deborah C.P. Wolfe (1916-[2004]) : educator, consultant, religious leader --
Geraldine Pittman Woods (1921-[1999]) : medical consultant, civic leader --
Elizabeth Wright (1872-1906) : school founder, educator --
Jane C. Wright (1919-[2013]) : physcian, researcher, educator --
Josephine Silone Yates (1859-1912) : teacher, journalist, clubwoman. Book II: Alice of Dunk's Ferry (c. 1686-1802) : Oral historian, slave, toll collector --
Ethel D. Allen (1929-1981) : physician, politician, women's rights advocate --
Del Marie Neely Anderson (1937- ) : college president, educator, model --
Ivie Anderson (1905-1949) : singer --
Leafy Anderson ([1887-1927]): religious leader --
Naomi Bowman Talbert Anderson (1843-?) : temperance leader, suffragist, civil rights activist, writer --
Violette Neatley Anderson (1882-1937) : lawyer, reformer, clubwoman --
Lucie Bragg Anthony (1870-1923) : physician, educator, temperance leader, musician, writer --
Hannah Diggs Atkins (1923-[2010]) : librarian, educator, state representative. --
Anita Baker (1958- ) : singer --
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker (1931- ) : administrator, educator, activist --
Harriet Ann Baker (c. 1829-?) : evangelist --
Kathleen Battle (1948- ) : opera singer --
Belinda (c. 1713-?) : slave --
Halle Berry (1966- ) : actress, model, activist --
Ruth Gardena Birnie (1884-1956) : pharmacist --
Juliann S. Bluitt (1938- ) : dentist, college administrator, educator, writer, lecturer --
Dorothy Lee Bolden (1923-[2005]) : labor organizer --
Thelma Berlack Boozer (1906-[2001]) : journalist, public relations official, government official --
Maudelle Brown Bousfield (1885-1971) : educator, reformer, club leader --
Ariel Serena Hedges Bowen (c. 1862-1904) : educator, temperance leader, writer, lecturer --
Cornelia Bowen (1858-1934) : school founder, educator, clubwoman, writer --
Ruth Jean Bowen (1924- [2009]) : entertainment booking agent, business executive --
Rosa Dixon Bowser (1885-1931) : educator, clubwoman --
Aurelia E. Brazeal (1943- ) : ambassador, government official --
Martha Bailey Briggs (1838-1889) : educator, school administrator --
Mary Elizabeth Britton (1858-1925) : physician, educator, journalist, social activist, church worker --
Virginia E. Walker Broughton (c. 1856-1934) : feminist, missionary, educator, lecturer, writer --
Clara Brown (1800-1885) : philanthropist, pioneer --
Cora M. Brown (1914-1972) : social worker, police officer, lawyer, politician --
Elaine Brown (1943- ) : political activist, civic activist, musician --
Sue M. Wilson Brown (1877-1941) : clubwoman, writer, editor, political activist, suffragist, church worker --
Willa Brown (1906-1992) : aviator, activist, educator --
Marie Bryant (1919-1978) : dancer, singer, choreographer, dance instructor --
Bessie Allison Buchanan (1902-1980) : state politician, singer, dancer --
Olivia Ward Bush-Banks (1869-1944) : writer --
DeVerne Lee Calloway (1916-1993) : state representative, educator, civil rights activist, editor --
Mary Ann Campbell (c. 1817-1910) : philanthropist, civic worker, church worker --
Vinnette Justine Carroll (1922-[2002]) : actress, stage director, playwright, educator --
Mae Bertha Carter (1923-[1999]) : civil rights activist, teacher, sharecropper --
Sarah Lou Harris Carter (1926- ) : educator, entertainer, model, humanitarian --
Tracy Chapman (1964- ) : folksinger, songwriter --
Emma Carolyn Chappell (1941- ) : banking executive --
Michele Clark (1941-1972) : television correspondent --
Constance E. Clayton (1937- ) : educator, school superintendent, reformer --
Xernona Clayton (1930- ) : television executive, television producer, television host, educator, civil rights activist, civic leader --
Pearl Cleage (1948- ) : playwright, poet --
Kathleen Neal Cleaver (1945- ) : educator, writer, lawyer, activist --
Carrie Williams Clifford (1862-1934) : clubwoman, writer, editor, women's rights and civil rights activist --
Lucile Clifton (1936-[2010]) : poet, children's author, educator --
Inez Clough (c. 1870-1933) : singer, dancer, actress --
Helena Brown Cobb (1870-c. 1918) : educator, missionary, editor, writer, feminist --
Maria Cole (1922-[2012]) : singer, business manager, charity worker, producer, writer --
Natalie Maria Cole (1950-[2015]) : singer --
L. Zenobia Coleman (1901-?) : librarian --
Lucretia Newman Coleman (18??-?) : writer, educator, secretary, bookkeeper --
Mattie E. Coleman (1870-1942) : physician, missionary, school superintendent, activist, lecturer, feminist, suffragist --
Johnnie Colemon ([1920-2014]) : minister, evangelist, church founder, educator --
Florence O. Cole-Talbert (1890-1961) : opera singer, educator --
Barbara-Rose Collins (1939- ) : community activist, state representative, U.S. representative --
Helen Appo Cook : club leader, civic worker --
Myrtle Foster Cook (1870-1951) : editor, clubwoman, educator, civic worker, political worker --
Anne Margaret Cooke (1907-?) : theater educator, director --
Cooper Ada A. : lecturer, educator, poet, writer, journalist, missionary --
J. California Cooper ([1931-2014]) : short story writer, novelist, playwright --
Patricia S. Cowings (1948- ) : psychologist, flight scientist --
Wilhelmina Marguerita Crosson (1900-1991) : educator, school administrator, civic worker --
Minnie Lou Crossthwaite (1860-1937) : educator, college registrar, clubwoman --
Julie Dash (1952- ) : filmmaker --
Dora Dean (c. 1872-1949) : dancer, entertainer --
Georgia Mabel De Baptiste (1867-19??) : social worker, religious worker, educator --
Lois M. DeBerry (1945-[2013)) : state representative, political activist --
The Delaney sisters : Sadie Delany (1889-[1999]) : educator, humanitarian --
Bessie Delany (1891-[1995]) : dentist, civil rights activist --
Louise De Mortie (1833-1867) : lecturer, missionary, fund-raiser --
Suzanne de Passe (1948- ) : producer, record and film company executive --
Helen Octavia Dickens (1909-[2001]) : physician, surgeon, researcher, educator, health administrator, counselor, lecturer --
Addie Whiteman Dickerson (1878-?) : real estate broker, reformer, clubwoman, civic and political activist --
Beulah Mae Donald (1920-1988) : civil rights activist --
Lizzie Douglas (189?-1973) : singer, guitarist, songwriter --
Grace Bustill Douglass (1782-1842) : abolitionist, milliner --
Hazel Nell Dukes (1932- ) : civil rights activist --
Mollie Ernestine Dunlap (1898-1977) : librarian, bibliographer, editor --
Georgia R. Dwelle (c. 1884-1977) : physician, temperance worker, writer --
Sarah Jane Woodson Early (1825-1907) : educator, temperance leader, activist, writer, lecturer --
Joycelyn Elders (1933- ) : physician, researcher, state health official, U.S. Surgeon General --
Mercedes Ellington (1939- ) : dancer, choreographer, art director, educator --
Minnie Evans (1892-1987) : visionary artist --
Myrlie B. Evers-Williams (1933- ) : organization executive, civil rights activist, writer, civic worker. Mae Faggs (1932-[2000]): track athlete, educator, administrator --
Jean Fairfax (1920- ) : civil rights activist, philanthropist --
Lola Falana (1942- ) : entertainer, singer, dancer, actress --
Sarah Collins Fayerweather (1812-1878) : school integrationist --
Sarah Collins Fernandis (1863-1951) : social activist, educator, poet, civic leader --
Gail Fisher (1935-[2000]) : actress, model --
Roberta Flack (1940- ) : singer --
Julia A.J. Foote (1823-1901) : evangelist, preacher --
Justina L. Ford (1871-1952) : physician, humanitarian --
Mary Weston Fordham (c. 1845-1905) : educator, school founder, poet --
Elizabeth Denison Forth (c. 1973-1866) : maid, landowner, investor, philanthropist --
Frankie Muse Freeman (1916- ) : civil rights activist, community activist, lawyer --
Eliza Ann Gardner (1831-1922) : abolitionist, clubwoman, dressmaker, reformer, religious leader --
Hazel B. Garland (1913-1988) : journalist, editor --
Zina Lynna Garrison (1963- ) : tennis player --
Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973) : feminist, journalist, organization leader, activist --
Mercedes Gilbert (1889-1952) : actress, poet, songwriter, playwright, novelist --
Thelma Thurston Gorham (1913-1991) : journalist, organization leader, activist --
Mercedes Gilbert (1889-1952) : actress, poet, songwriter, playwright, novelist --
Thelma Thurston Gorham (1913-1991) : journalist, educator, editor, writer, administrator --
Rosa L. Gragg (1904-1989) : educator, school founder, clubwoman, civic worker, church worker --
Micki Grant ([1941]- ) : actress, singer, composer-lyricist --
Eloise Greenfeld (1929- ) : children's author --
Pam Grier (1949- ) : actress --
Lani Guinier (1950- ) : lawyer, educator --
Bonnie Guiton (1941- ) : administrator, government official --
Jessie P. Guzman (1898-[1996]) : researcher, writer, educator, school administrator --
Mabel Dole Haden ([1909-2007]) : lawyer, organization leader, educator --
Helen Eugenia Hagan (1893-1964) : pianist, educator --
Julia West Hamilton (1866-1958) : civic organizer, church leader, clubwoman --
Gladys Riddle Hampton (c. 1910-1971) : business manager, record company executive, road manager, singer, modiste --
D. Antoinette Handy-[Miller] (1930-[2002]) : flutist, educator, administrator, radio host, writer --
Ruth Wright Hayre (1911-[1998]) : school superintendent, educator, philanthropist --
Jessie Mae Hemphill (1932-[2006]) : blues singer, musician --
Freddye Scarborough Henderson (1917-[2007]) : entrepreneur, travel agent, fashion designer, writer, educator --
Anita Hill (1956- ) : lawyer, educator --
Ann Hobson-Pilot (1943- ) : harpist --
Josephine Groves Holloway (1898-1988) : organization executive, college registrar, social worker --
Bell Hooks (1952- ) : feminist, critic, social activist, educator, writer --
Shirley Horn (1934-[2005]) : jazz singer, musician --
Cora Catherine Calhoun Horne (1865-1932) : suffragist, clubwoman, organization worker, social worker --
Whitney Houston (1963-[2012]) : singer, model --
J. Imogene Howard (1851-19??) : educator, principal --
Helen Humes (1913-1981) : singer --
Ida Alexander Gibbs Hunt (1862-1957) : educator, pan-Africanist, writer --
Kristin Hunter (1931-[2008]) : novelist, short story writer, educator, journalist --
E. Belle Mitchell Jackson (1848-1942) : educator, entrepreneur, religious worker, reformer --
Ida L. Jackson (1902-[1996]) : educator, humanitarian --
Janet Jackson (1966- ) : singer, actress --
Caterina Jarboro (c. 1898-1986) : opera singer --
Louise E. Jefferson (1908-[2002]): calligrapher, illustrator, art director, cartographer, photographer --
Elaine B. Jenkins (1916-[1999]) : entrepreneur, consultant firm founder, educator --
Sebetha Lee Jenkins (1939- ) : educator, college president, administrator --
Patricia Prattis Jennings (1941- ) : keyboardist, composer, songwriter, editor --
Amelia E. Johnson (1858-1922) : poet, editor, novelist, educator --
Eddie Bernice Johnson (1934- ) : politician, consultant firm founder, nurse --
Virginia Johnson (1950- ) : dancer --
Claudia Jones (1915-1964) : political activist, black nationalist, feminist, journalist --
Edith Irby Jones (1927- ) : physician, educator, organization leader --
Elaine R. Jones (1944- ) : organization executive, lawyer, civil rights activist --
Elayne Jones (1928- ) : percussionist, timpanist --
Grace Jones (1952- ) : entertainer, dancer, model, singer, actress --
Grace Morris Allen Jones (c. 1876-1928) : educator, school founder, fund-raiser, postmaster, clubwoman, reformer, writer --
Sarah Gibson Jones (c. 1843-1938) : educator, school founder, fund-raiser, journalist, poet, lecturer, clubwoman --
Star Jones (1962- ) : lawyer, television correspondent, television host --
Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-[1998]) : athlete --
Marjorie Stewart Joyner (1896-1994) : entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist --
Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee (1962- ) : athlete --
Amalya Lyle Kearse (1937- ) : judge, lawyer, writer --
Maida Springer Kemp (1910-[2005]) : labor leader and consultant, women's and civil rights activist --
Yvonne Kennedy (1945-[2012]) : educator, state representative, college president --
Jayne Harrison Kennedy-Overton (1951- ) : actress, model, dancer, spokesperson, television host, producer --
Yolanda Denise King (1955-[2007]) : actress, producer, director --
Gladys Knight (1944- ) : singer, business executive, television producer, actress --
Patti LaBelle (1944- ) : singer, actress --
Queen Latifa (aka Dana Owens) (1970- ) : rap artist, actress, business executive --
Jennifer Lawson (1946- ) : television and film company executive, film producer and editor, writer, educator, civil rights activist --
Rosetta E. Coakley Lawson (c. 1854-1936) : educator, religious worker, reformer, club leader, temperance leader --
Maria Coles Perkins Lawton (1864-1946) : clubwoman, educator, political activist, lecturer, columnist --
S. Willie Layten (1863-1950) : feminist, organization leader, educator, clubwoman, political worker --
Mollie Huston Lee (1907-1982) : librarian, civic leader, organization leader --
Shirley A.R. Lewis (1937- ) : college president, educator, religious fund director --
Charlotte E. Linden (1859-1919) : poet, laundress, clubwoman --
Melba Liston (1926-[1999)] : musician, arranger --
Eleanor Young Love (1922-[2006]) : university administrator, educator, counselor, librarian --
Maritcha R. Lyons (1848-1929) : educator, writer, lecturer --
Hulda Margaret Lyttle (1889-1983) : nurse, hospital and school administrator. Julianne Malveaux (1953- ) : economist, television host, writer, columnist, activist --
Grace A. Mapps (?-c. 1891) : educator, administrator, poet --
Vivian Osborne Marsh (1897-1986) : community activist, clubwoman, government official --
Harriet Gibbs Marshall (1868-1941) : pianist, educator, school founder --
Constance Hill Marteena (1903-1976) : librarian, educator, writer, organization leader --
Roberta Martin (1907-1969) : gospel singer, composer, arranger --
Ruby Grant Martin (1933-[2003]) : government official, lawyer --
Ernestine McClendon (1918-[1991]) : actress, talent agent, educator --
Gay Johnson McDougall (1947- ) : international lawyer, social activist, administrator --
Viola Harris McFerren (1931-[2013]) : civil rights and social activist --
Doris Evans McGinty (1925-[2005]) : musician, educator, writer --
Leatrice B. McKissack (1930- ) : business executive, educator --
Patricia Carwell McKissack (aka L'Ann Carwell) (1944- ) : children's author, educator, consultant, storyteller --
Terry L. McMillan (1951- ) : writer, educator, editor --
Georgia L. McMurray (1934-1992) : civic worker, child care advocate --
Barbara McNair ([1934-2007]): singer, actress, entertainer --
Claudia McNeil (1917-1993) : actress, singer --
Carrie Meek (1926- ) : U.S. representative, educator, administrator --
Mabel Mercer (1900-1984) : singer --
Stephanie Mills (1957- ) : singer, actress, entertainer --
Leona Mitchell (1949- ) : opera singer --
Mildred R. Mitchell-Bateman (1922-[2012]) : psychiatrist, state mental health administrator --
Sybil Collins Mobley (1925-[2015]) : certified public accountant, educator, college administrator --
Carol E. Moseley- Braun (1947- ) : lawyer, politician, radio host --
Mary Ella Mossell (1853-1886) : missionary --
Jennie Dee Booth Moton (1879-1942) : educator, civic leader, clubwoman, government official --
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe (1951- ) : photographer, writer, AIDS activist --
Anna Evans Murray (1857-1955) : kindergarten advocate, educator, clubwoman, civic leader --
Gloria Naylor (1950- ) : short story writer, novelist, playwright --
Ida Gray Nelson Rollins (1867-1953) : dentist --
Constance Berry Newman (1935- ) : government official, entrepreneur --
Jeanne Noble (1926-[2002]) : educator, writer, consultant, college administrator, organization leader --
Marita Bonner Occomy (1899-1971) : writer, educator --
Hazel O'Leary (1937- ) : U.S. Secretary of Energy, government official, lawyer, business executive, consultant --
Lillian Adams Parks (1932- ) : school superintendent, social activist, civic leader --
Lillian Rogers Parks (1898-[1997]) : servant, memoirist --
Lucy Parsons (1853-1942) : political activist, journalist, poet --
Jennie R. Patrick (1949- ) : chemical engineer, educator, motivational speaker --
Dorothy Smith Patterson (1930- ) : nurse, teenage parent advocate, humanitarian --
Sarah E.C. Dudley Pettey (1868-1906) : educator, school administrator, feminist, lecturer, columnist --
Billie Goodson Pierce (1907-1974) : jazz and blues pianist and singer, dancer --
Ponchitta Pierce (1942- ) : television host and producer, magazine writer and editor --
Mary F. Pitts (1860-1914) : educator, clubwoman, organization worker, temperance worker --
Deborah Prothrow-Stith (1954- ) : physician, educator, consultant, administrator --
Georgiana Frances Putnam (1832-1912) : educator --
Charlotta Gordon Pyles (c. 1806-1880) : abolitionist, lecturer --
Florence Spearing Randolph (1866-1951) : evangelist, minister, missionary, suffragist, lecturer, club leader, temperance leader --
Emma S. Ransom (?-1943) : religious worker, clubwoman, civil rights activist --
Phylicia Ayers-Allen Rashad (1948- ) : actress, singer, dancer --
Della Reese (1932- ) : singer, actress --
Sylvia Lyons Render (1913-1986) : educator, researcher, manuscript curator --
Sylvia M. Rhone (1952- ) : record company executive --
Condaleezza Rice (1954- ) : educator, university administrator, Sovietologist --
Linda Johnson Rice (1958- ) : publishing company executive --
Helen Caldwell Day Riley (1926-[2013]) : religious worker, hospitality house founder, nurse, writer --
George Kay Roberts (1950- ) : conductor, violinist, educator --
Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (1912-[1992]) : civil rights activist, educator, writer --
Carolyn Rodgers (1942-[2010]) : poet, critic, educator --
Wilhelmina Jackson Rolark ([1916-2006]) : lawyer, politician, organization founder, researcher --
Esther Rolle (1922-[1998]) : actress --
Lucille Mason Rose (1918-1987) : civil worker, political activist --
Gertrude E. Durden Rush (1880-1962) : lawyer, educator, lecturer, organization founder, playwright, club leader --
Patricia A. Russell-McCloud (1946- ) : educator, lawyer, motivational speaker, entrepreneur --
Elizabeth Thorn Scott (?-1867) : educator, school founder, church worker --
Catherine Seal (c. 1874-1930) : religious leader --
Leah J. Sears-Collins (1955- ) : lawyer, judge, state supreme court justice --
Lucy Stanton Day Sessions (1831-1910) : educator, abolitionist, writer, missionary, reformer --
Betty Shabazz (1936-[1997]) : educator, nurse, community activist --
Patricia Walker Shaw (1939-1985) : business executive, organization leader, social worker --
Susie Isabel Lankford Shorter (1859-1912) : religious worker, writer, clubwoman, educator --
Jeanne C. Sinkford (1933- ) : dentist, educator, college administrator, researcher, lecturer --
Lucy Smith (1875-1952) : minister, healer, church founder --
Lucy Harth Smith (1888-1955) : educator, club leader, black history advocate --
Mary Levi Smith (1936- ) : educator, college president --
Mary Perry Smith (1926-[2015]) : educator, organization executive --
Jane Morrow Spaulding (?-1965) : clubwoman, social worker, community activist, political organizer, government official --
Vaino Hassan Spencer (1920- ) : judge, lawyer --
Carrie Steele (?-1900) : children's home founder --
Charlotte Andrews Stephens (1854-1951) : educator, principal, librarian, reformer --
Ellen Stewart (c. 1920-[2011]) : stage producer, fashion designer --
Maxine Sullivan (1911-1978) : singer --
Clara Smyth Taliaferro (1873-?) : pharmacist, educator, clubwoman --
Alethia Browning Tanner (17??-18??) : slave, gardener --
Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate (1871-1930) : minister, religious leader, healer, church founder --
Merze Tate (1905-[1996]) : scholar, educator, writer --
Mildred D. Taylor (1943- ) : children's author --
Rebecca Stiles Taylor (1880-1970) : educator, principal, club leader, journalist, humanitarian --
Debi Thomas (1967- ) : figure skater, [physician]. Verneice D . Thompson (1926-1993) : social worker, psychotherapist, consultant, educator, administrator --
Willie Mae Thornton (1926-1993) : blues singer, musician, songwriter, dancer --
Amelia L. Tilgghman (1856-1931) : singer, educator, writer, editor, composer --
Turner, Carmen Pawley : transportation official, government official --
Wyomia Tyus (1945- ) : track athlete, educator, coach --
Leslie Uggams (1943- ) : actress, dancer, singer --
Shirley Verrett (1931-[2010]) : singer --
Yvonne Walker-Taylor (1931-[2006)) : educator, college president, humanitarian --
Fannie Franklin Wall (c. 1860-1944) : clubwoman, civic leader, children's home founder --
Aid Ward (1903-1984) : entertainer --
Gertrude Mae Murphy Ward (1901-1981) : gospel singer, road manager, publishing firm founder --
Mary Fitzbutler Waring (c. 1870-?) : physician, educator, clubwoman, activist, writer --
Fanny Smith Washington (1858-1884) : housekeeper, educator --
Ora Washington (1898-1971) : tennis player, basketball player --
Maxine Waters (1938- ) : politician --
Barbara Watson (1918-1983) : ambassador, state department official, lawyer, entrepreneur --
Joann Watson (1951- ) : organization executive, social activist, radio producer and host, educator, social worker --
Elisabeth Welch (1908-[2003]) : singer, actress --
Verda Freeman Welcome (1907-1990) : educator, state senator --
Frances Cress Welsing (1935-[2016]) : child psychiatrist, lecturer, writer --
Emma Rochelle Wheeler (1882-1957) : physician, hospital and nursing school founder --
Frances Anne Rollin Whipper (1845-1901) : writer, political activist --
The Whitman Sisters : Mabel Whitman (?-1942) : entertainer, theatrical entrepreneur ; Essie Whitman (1882-1963) : entertainer, theatrical entrepreneur ; Alberta Whitman (?-1964) : entertainer, theatrical entrepreneur ; Alice Whitman (?-1969) : entertainer, theatrical entrepreneur --
Marion Birnie Wilkinson (1870-1956) : humanitarian, educator, clubwoman --
Camilla Williams (1919-[2012]) : opera singer, educator --
Ella V. Chase Williams (1852-?) : educator, school founder, organization leader --
Marion Williams (1927-1994) : gospel singer --
Blenda Jacqueline Wilson (1941- ) : college president, administrator, educator --
Emma J. Wilson : educator, school founder, missionary, fund- raiser --
Addie L. Wyatt (1924-[2012]) : labor leader. --
Madiie Hall Xuma (1894-1982) : YWCA founder, educator. --
Jean Childs Young (1933-1994) : civil rights activist, educator, children's welfare advocate.
Responsibility: Jessie Carney Smith, editor.

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Essays on African American women from 1730 with selections representing diverse areas of achievement including business, civil rights, the arts, education, scholarship, and government. Biographical essays of the most famous African American women--Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune--appear alongside those of modern black women in their prime: historian Nell Painter, writer Alice Walker, and actress Halle Berry. Narrative biographical essays, edited by noted scholar Jessie Carney Smith, discuss each woman's significant achievements and the public response to those achievements. Many entries contain personal statements from the subjects provided exclusively for this 3 volume series, and all provide biographical data and a list of sources for additional study.

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