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.
Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer & Activist
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
Actress

Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822, American
Abolitionist

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
26 September 1981, American
Tennis Player
Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913, American
Activist

Vanessa Lynn WilliamsVanessa Lynn Williams
18 March 1963, American
Singer

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet
Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist
Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906, French
Entertainer, Actress, Singer

Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
26 August 1993, American
Actress

Renee Elise GoldsberryRenee Elise Goldsberry
02 January 1971, American
Actress

Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954, American
Philanthropist

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American
Singer
Issa RaeIssa Rae
12 January 1985, American
Actress

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American
Actress

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author

Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956, American
First African American Woman To Travel To Space
Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935, American
Actress

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm
30 November 1924, American
 
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797, American
American women's rights activist

Orlando BrownOrlando Brown
04 December 1987, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Singer

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer
Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970, American
Journalist

Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891, American
Folklorist, Anthropologist
Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934, American
Writer

Harris FaulknerHarris Faulkner
13 October 1965, American
News Anchor

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 
Marian AndersonMarian Anderson
27 February 1897, American
Singer

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

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian
Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
25 August 1927, American
Tennis player
Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan
21 February 1936, American
Lawyer

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Poet

Ms. Juicy BabyMs. Juicy Baby
04 January 1972, American
Actress

Bozoma Saint JohnBozoma Saint John
21 January 1977, American
Chief Brand Officer at Uber
Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

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

Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914, American
Mathematics Educator

Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress
Jessica DimeJessica Dime
27 January 1986, American
Rapper

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist
Leslie JonesLeslie Jones
07 September 1967, American
Comedian

Octavia SpencerOctavia Spencer
25 May 1972, American
Actress

Donna SummerDonna Summer
31 December 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American
Singer-Songwriter

Vivica A. FoxVivica A. Fox
30 July 1964, American
Actress
Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
28 May 1934, American
Educator

Kristen WelkerKristen Welker
01 July 1976, American
Journalist

S. Epatha MerkersonS. Epatha Merkerson
28 November 1952, American
Film Actress

N. K. JemisinN. K. Jemisin
19 September 1972, American
Novelist

Brandi RhodesBrandi Rhodes
23 June 1983, American
Professional wrestler
Joy ReidJoy Reid
08 December 1968, American
Journalist

Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza
04 January 1981, American
Activist

MonicaMonica
24 October 1980, American
Singer

Lisa LeslieLisa Leslie
07 July 1972, American
Basketball player
Tarana BurkeTarana Burke
12 September 1973, American
Activist

A'Lelia WalkerA'Lelia Walker
06 June 1885, American
Businesswoman
Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan
27 March 1924, American
Singer

Sister SouljahSister Souljah
28 January 1964, American
Writer
Leontyne PriceLeontyne Price
10 February 1927, American
American soprano

Misty StoneMisty Stone
26 March 1986, American
Actress
Gwen IfillGwen Ifill
29 September 1955, American
Journalist

Sheryl SwoopesSheryl Swoopes
25 March 1971, American
Basketball player

Alberta Williams KingAlberta Williams King
13 September 1904, American
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Mother
Skylar Diggins-SmithSkylar Diggins-Smith
02 August 1990, American
Basketball player

Butterfly McQueenButterfly McQueen
07 January 1911, American
Actress
Cari ChampionCari Champion
01 June 1978, American
Journalists

Blu CantrellBlu Cantrell
16 March 1976, American
Singer-songwriter

Judy SmithJudy Smith
27 October 1958, American
Crisis manager

Betty WrightBetty Wright
21 December 1953, American
Singer-songwriter
Margaret AveryMargaret Avery
20 January 1944, American
Actress
Florence PriceFlorence Price
1887 AD, American
Composer

Cleo LaineCleo Laine
28 October 1927, British
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor

Barbara LeeBarbara Lee
16 July 1946, American
Politician

Loretta LynchLoretta Lynch
21 May 1959, American
Former Attorney General of the United States
Lynn TolerLynn Toler
25 October 1959, American
Judge

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

Ursula BurnsUrsula Burns
20 September 1958, American
Businesswoman

Sarah CooperSarah Cooper
19 December 1977, Jamaican
Writer

Gina Prince-BythewoodGina Prince-Bythewood
10 June 1969, American
Film director
Ann WolfeAnn Wolfe
17 January 1971, American
Boxer

Dorothy HeightDorothy Height
24 March 1912, American
Educator
Mara Brock AkilMara Brock Akil
27 May 1970, American
ScreenWriter

Amelia BoyntonAmelia Boynton Robinson
18 August 1911, American
Activist
Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
04 December 1985, American
Fencer
Marie Maynard DalyMarie Maynard Daly
16 April 1921, American
Biochemist