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28 Queens Of Black History Who Deserve Much More Glory

Black history lessons in classrooms shouldn’t be limited to the names of men and only a few women. Especially when there are countless women who’ve made enormous strides for the black community, too.

The revolutionary words Angela Davis spoke, the record-breaking feats of Wilma Rudolph and the glass ceiling-shattering efforts of Shirley Chisolm paved the way for black women and girls across the country to dream big and act courageously.

Here are 28 phenomenal women everyone should acquaint themselves with this black history month.


We Always Hear About the Brothers but How About…


  • Ella Jo Baker
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Septima Poinsette Clarke
  • Kathleen Cleaver
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Francis Watkins Harper
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • Dorothy Irene Height
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Rosa Parks
  • Constance Baker Motley
  • Sonia Sanchez
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • Betty Shabazz
  • Harriett Tubman
  • C. Delores Tucker
  • Ida B. Wells

Get to Googling…

Racism Beyond Donald Sterling

Charlayne Hunter-Gault on Donald Sterling and what N.B.A. sanctions don’t fix:

“Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento and a former N.B.A. player, told reporters immediately after the Sterling sanction was announced that he hoped ‘every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you.’ But having people think before they speak is only a partial victory if racism just perpetuates itself in silence.”

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