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Black Women We Admire

This project was commissioned to celebrate Black History Month 2022.
  • (born December 27,1986) A Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. World Athletics calls her “the greatest female sprinter of her generation"

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (born December 27,1986) A Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. World Athletics calls her “the greatest female sprinter of her generation"

  • (born September 26, 1981) An American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women's single tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any man or woman in the Open Era. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Williams has won a record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court.

    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) An American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women's single tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any man or woman in the Open Era. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Williams has won a record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court.

  • (born February 9, 1944) An American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction novel The Color Purple in 1982. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.

    Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) An American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction novel The Color Purple in 1982. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.

  • (born February 3, 1974) An American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district since 2019. Pressley is a member of the informal group known as "The Squad", whose members form a unified front to push for progressive changes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all.

    Ayanna Soyini Pressley (born February 3, 1974) An American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district since 2019. Pressley is a member of the informal group known as "The Squad", whose members form a unified front to push for progressive changes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all.

  • (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) The first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972).

    Shirley Chisolm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) The first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972).

  • (born January 17, 1964) An American lawyer, university administrator, and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) An American lawyer, university administrator, and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

  • (d. after 1803) Catherine Flon is considered a symbol of the Haitian Revolution. She played a major role as a nurse in the Haitian Revolution, but she is mostly known for sewing the first Haitian flag on May 18 stating “Liberté ou la mort” meaning freedom or death.

    Catherine Flon (d. after 1803) Catherine Flon is considered a symbol of the Haitian Revolution. She played a major role as a nurse in the Haitian Revolution, but she is mostly known for sewing the first Haitian flag on May 18 stating “Liberté ou la mort” meaning freedom or death.

  • (born January 29, 1954) An American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire.

    Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) An American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire.

  • (born March 23, 1953) Chaka Khan is an icon when it comes to music and is known for being the queen of funk and soul, however, Chaka possesses the ability to sing n several other genres including R&B, pop, country rock and roll, gospel, and even classical proving her voices serious range

    Chaka Khan aka Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953) Chaka Khan is an icon when it comes to music and is known for being the queen of funk and soul, however, Chaka possesses the ability to sing n several other genres including R&B, pop, country rock and roll, gospel, and even classical proving her voices serious range

  • (Born February 20, 1988) Robyn Fenty better known as Rihanna has made herself into the world’s richest female musician accumulating a $600 million-dollar fortune within these past few years. Rihanna was originally born in Barbados and reached stardom in 2005 after being signed under Jay z’ record label Def Jam records.

    Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty (Born February 20, 1988) Robyn Fenty better known as Rihanna has made herself into the world’s richest female musician accumulating a $600 million-dollar fortune within these past few years. Rihanna was originally born in Barbados and reached stardom in 2005 after being signed under Jay z’ record label Def Jam records.

  • (born January 26, 1944) An American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system.

    Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) An American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system.

  • (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) An African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

    Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) An African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

Students  were asked to nominate and highlight " Black Women We Admire". They could be past, present (or future) leaders in our communities that we want to learn from and celebrate.

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