It is amazing as to how women have broken all barriers of patriarchy and have achieved quite a lot in recent times. Be it politics, sports, science, cinema or any field for that matter, women have often proved that they are no less achievers than their male counterparts. African American women, in particular, deserve a special mention for their achievements. Racial discrimination is a big challenge which many members of this community had to face years ago and it’s amazing how these women fought against all odds to achieve their dreams. Some of these individuals are role models to many girls today. Noted entrepreneur and beautician Madame C.J Walker is a woman who needs to be applauded for her efforts to make every woman beautiful. This underprivileged woman went on to introduce a range of beauty products and proved that nothing can stop a person if he/she is determined. During recent times, former American first lady Michelle Obama, model and television personality Tyra Banks, noted singer Beyonce and Tennis star Serena Williams are a few influential women, who are widely admired world over. Tyra Banks is considered one of the greatest fashion icons of recent times. Beyonce isn’t just a heartthrob for her singing skills, but is also a favorite among the youth for her gorgeous looks. We have enlisted several such great achievers belonging to the African American community just for you. Their journeys have been incredible and might just inspire you to reach for the stars.
Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
26 September 1981, American
Tennis Player
Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
 

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
1820 AD, American
 

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer
Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913, American
Civil Rights Activist

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Author

Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
26 August 1993, American
Actress

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer
Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American
Singer

Issa RaeIssa Rae
12 January 1985, American
Actress
Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906, French
Dancer

Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970, American
Journalist

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797, American
American women's rights activist

Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935, American
Actress
Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954, American
Philanthropist

Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956, American
First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American
Actress

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm
30 November 1924, American
 

Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934, American
Writer

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian
Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 
Harris FaulknerHarris Faulkner
13 October 1965, American
News Anchor

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892, American
Aviator

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete

Jemele HillJemele Hill
21 December 1975, American
Journalist
Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
25 August 1927, American
Tennis player

Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai
01 April 1940, Kenyan
Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Marian AndersonMarian Anderson
27 February 1897, American
Singer

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan
21 February 1936, American
Lawyer

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Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Poet
Bozoma Saint JohnBozoma Saint John
21 January 1977, American
Chief Brand Officer at Uber

Orlando BrownOrlando Brown
04 December 1987, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Singer
Ms. Juicy BabyMs. Juicy Baby
04 January 1972, American
Actress

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

Jessica DimeJessica Dime
27 January 1986, American
Rapper
Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914, American
Mathematics Educator

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress
Renee Elise GoldsberryRenee Elise Goldsberry
02 January 1971, American
Actress

Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist

Ros Gold-OnwudeRos Gold-Onwude
28 April 1987, American
Sports Reporter, Basketball Analyst

Vanessa Lynn WilliamsVanessa Lynn Williams
18 March 1963, American
Singer, Actress, Model
Loretta LynchLoretta Lynch
21 May 1959, American
Former Attorney General of the United States

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

Leontyne PriceLeontyne Price
10 February 1927, American
American soprano

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875, American
Teacher, Journalist, Politician
Cleo LaineCleo Laine
28 October 1927, British
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor

Mara Brock AkilMara Brock Akil
27 May 1970, American
ScreenWriter
Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
04 December 1985, American
fencer

Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks
10 May 1963, American
American playwright

Marian Wright EdelmanMarian Wright Edelman
06 June 1939, American
Writer, Lawyer
Evelyn AshfordEvelyn Ashford
15 April 1957, American
American olympic athlete

Florynce KennedyFlorynce Kennedy
11 February 1916, American
Autobiographer, Lawyer
Bernice Johnson ReagonBernice Johnson Reagon
04 October 1942, American
Singer, Composer

Faye WattletonFaye Wattleton
08 July 1943, American
Midwife, Registered nurse, Author, News presenter

Alice CoachmanAlice Coachman
09 November 1923, American
American olympic athlete
Charlotte E. RayCharlotte E. Ray
13 January 1850, American
American lawyer

Josephine St. Pierre RuffinJosephine St. Pierre Ruffin
31 August 1842, American
American publisher
Jane BolinJane Bolin
11 April 1908, American
American judge

Vonetta FlowersVonetta Flowers
29 October 1973, American
American bobsledder

Ella Jane FitzgeraldElla Jane Fitzgerald
25 April 1917, American
Ballad, Swing music Traditional pop music