Fifty Black Women Who Changed America
The contributions of Black women have helped to make America a place of freedom and opportunity. Yet their monumental importance has long been ... Show synopsis The contributions of Black women have helped to make America a place of freedom and opportunity. Yet their monumental importance has long been ignored in the media and classroom. While Oprah Winfrey's astonishing success is widely recognized, the work of trailblazers such as June Jordan, advocate and author, and Johnetta Cole, president of Spellman College, remains unsung. Now, this informative anthology, spotlights the shining accomplishments of fifty African American women. From the courage of Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer to the high-energy performances of Tina Turner, here are portraits strong women whose personal journeys will inspire a new generation of women, including: -- Sojourner Truth, a slave who became a feminist. -- Madame C.J. Walker, the first African American woman millionaire. -- Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and activist. -- Hattie McDaniel, the first African American Academy Award "RM" winner. -- Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer and international celebrity. -- Barbara Jordan, stateswoman and breaker of the color barrier. -- Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund. -- Charlayne Hunter-Gault, groundbreaking TV journalist. In "Fifty Black Women Who Changed America," Amy Alexander offers vivid pictures of these women, whose personal journeys will encourage a new generation of women to embark on journeys of their own.