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African American Women

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Celebrating African American women throughout history and their achievements!

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"A champion of racial and gender equality, Bethune founded many organizations and led voter registration drives after women gained the vote in risking racist attacks." *Connects to and NJ Social Studies * -Meg P. Black History Facts, African History, Black History Month, Women In History, World History, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Ccss Ela, Wax Museum, Voter Registration

Mary McLeod Bethune

The daughter of former slaves, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune became one of the most important black educators, civil and women’s rights leaders and government officials of the twentieth century.

When Daisy Bates was three years old her mother was killed by three white men. Although Bates, was just a child, her biological mother’s death made an emotional and mental imprint on her. The unfortunate death forced Bates to confront racism at an early age and pushed her to dedicate her life to ending racial injustice. Profiles In Courage, Black Kids, Black Women, Biological Mother, Black History Facts, Strong Girls, African American Women, Martin Luther King, Women In History

Daisy Bates

When Daisy Bates was three years old her mother was killed by three white men. Although Bates, was just a child, her biological mother’s death made an emotional and mental imprint on her. The unfortunate death forced Bates to confront racism at an early age and pushed her to dedicate her life to ending racial injustice.

World renowned performer, World War II spy, and activist are few of the titles used to describe Josephine Baker. One of the most successful African American performers in French history, Baker’s career illustrates the ways entertainers can use their platforms to change the world. French History, History Museum, Women In History, World History, World War, Josephine Baker, African American Women, Black History Month, Change The World

Josephine Baker

World renowned performer, World War II spy, and activist are few of the titles used to describe Josephine Baker. One of the most successful African American performers in French history, Baker’s career illustrates the ways entertainers can use their platforms to change the world.

Poet, dancer, singer, activist, and scholar, Maya Angelou is a world-famous author. She is best known for her unique and pioneering autobiographical writing style. African American Women, American History, Jim Crow, Writing Styles, Maya Angelou, History Museum, Black History Month, Women In History, Teacher Resources

Maya Angelou

Poet, dancer, singer, activist, and scholar, Maya Angelou is a world-famous author. She is best known for her unique and pioneering autobiographical writing style.

Ethel Payne is known as the First Lady of the Black Press, because of her fearlessness as a journalist and a Civil Rights activist. Click here to learn more! Black History Facts, Women's History, African American Heroes, Black Press, Civil Rights Activists, My People, Teacher Resources, Black Women, Woman

Ethel Payne

Ethel Payne is known as the First Lady of the Black Press, because of her fearlessness as a journalist and a Civil Rights activist. Click here to learn more!

Meet The Black Dressmaker Who Went From Slavery To The White House~ Elizabeth Keckley, the former slave who bought her freedom and became the personal dressmaker, stylist and confidant to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. You can read about the others here. Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, African American History, History Books, Family History, Black History Month, Women In History, American Civil War, American Presidents

"Charity is Ever Kind"

African American women provided essential aid to people living in contraband camps during the Civil War. Elizabeth Keckly, most famously known as the dressmaker for Mrs. Lincoln, was one of the women who established a relief aid for people living in D.C. Click here to learn more!

"Maggie L. Walker,a civil rights activist & trail blazing entrepreneur.The African American community leader devoted her life to defeating racism,sexism & economic oppression. Walker chartered a bank, a newspaper & a store 17 years before American wom Great Women, Amazing Women, Civil Rights Activists, Women In History, Ancient History, Black History Facts, African American History, Native American, African Diaspora

Maggie Walker

"Maggie L. Walker,a civil rights activist & trail blazing entrepreneur.The African American community leader devoted her life to defeating racism,sexism & economic oppression.Mrs. Walker chartered a bank, a newspaper & a store 17 years before American women had the right to vote, & fostered black entrepreneurialism when Southern Jim Crow laws threatened African American lives & progress.Born in Richmond,VA she was the 1st woman in the U.S. to found a bank & serve as its president." Biddy…

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (November 1914 – November was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of Black History Facts, Black History Month, Barack Obama, Kings & Queens, By Any Means Necessary, Civil Rights Activists, Ukraine, Civil Rights Movement, African American Women

Daisy Bates

In 1957, Daisy Bates became a household name when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sojourner Truth one of America’s greatest abolitionists and feminists. Black History Month Quotes, Black History Facts, Halloween Science, Fantasy Fiction, African American Women, Women In History, Cool Costumes, Real Women, Empowered Women

Biography: Sojourner Truth

A former slave, Sojourner Truth became an outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century. Learn more at womenshistory.org.

Madam C. Walker the first woman in the United States to become a self-made millionaire. Black History Month Memes, Madam Cj Walker, Rags To Riches Stories, African American Women, African Americans, American History, Great Women, Women In History, Vintage Outfits

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam CJ Walker - One of America's first great female entrepreneur. (Follow the link to TakeBackHalloween's website for costume tips!)

The Landing at Jamestown from a Dutch Man-of-War Canvas Art - Howard Pyle x History Timeline, Us History, African American History, History Facts, History Education, Family History, Black Hair History, Jamestown Colony, Jamestown History

African women were involuntary immigrants to Jamestown. The privateer White Lion brought “20 and odd Negroes” in 1619. The 1620 census listed 17 African females among the settlement’s 928 residents. Over the ensuing centuries, the mingling of people from different cultures, classes, and conditions of servitude led to the development of America's distinctive culture.#womenshistory