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.
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
29 February 1822, American
Abolitionist

Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
Actress

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

Issa RaeIssa Rae
12 January 1985, American
Actress

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

Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm
30 November 1924, American
 

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
26 September 1981, American
Tennis Player
Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet
Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
26 August 1993, American
Actress

Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906, French
Dancer

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American
Singer

Harris FaulknerHarris Faulkner
13 October 1965, American
News Anchor
Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American
Actress

Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935, American
Actress

Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
10 September 1982, American
Ballet Dancer

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944, American
Author
Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954, American
Philanthropist

Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970, American
Journalist
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797, American
American women's rights activist

Mae JemisonMae Jemison
17 October 1956, American
First African American Woman To Travel To Space

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

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 
Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai
01 April 1940, Kenyan
Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Jemele HillJemele Hill
21 December 1975, American
Journalist

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete
Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian

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Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892, American
Aviator
Marian AndersonMarian Anderson
27 February 1897, American
Singer

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan
21 February 1936, American
Lawyer

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
25 August 1927, American
Tennis player

Gwendolyn BrooksGwendolyn Brooks
07 June 1917, American
Poet
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

Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones

Megan BowenMegan Bowen
16 May 1989, American
YouTuber, Actress

Ms. Juicy BabyMs. Juicy Baby
04 January 1972, American
Actress
Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914, American
Mathematics Educator

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

Renee Elise GoldsberryRenee Elise Goldsberry
02 January 1971, American
Actress

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist

Vanessa Lynn WilliamsVanessa Lynn Williams
18 March 1963, American
Singer
Jessica DimeJessica Dime
27 January 1986, American
Rapper

Ros Gold-OnwudeRos Gold-Onwude
28 April 1987, American
Sports Reporter, Basketball Analyst
Mona LisaMona Lisa
20 November 1979, American
Singer-Songwriter

Betty WrightBetty Wright
21 December 1953, American
Singer-songwriter

Vanessa WilliamsVanessa Williams
18 March 1963, American
Actress
Betty ShabazzBetty Shabazz
28 May 1934, American
Educator

Brandi RhodesBrandi Rhodes
23 June 1983, American
Professional wrestler
Tarana BurkeTarana Burke
12 September 1973, American
Activist

Donna BrazileDonna Brazile
15 December 1959, American
Political strategist

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

Leontyne PriceLeontyne Price
10 February 1927, American
American soprano

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,
Misty StoneMisty Stone
26 March 1986, American
Actress

Loretta LynchLoretta Lynch
21 May 1959, American
Former Attorney General of the United States

Gwen IfillGwen Ifill
29 September 1955, American
Journalist

Lynn TolerLynn Toler
25 October 1959, American
Judge
Cleo LaineCleo Laine
28 October 1927, British
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor

Blu CantrellBlu Cantrell
16 March 1976, American
Singer-songwriter
Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza
04 January 1981, American
Activist

Barbara LeeBarbara Lee
16 July 1946, American
Politician

Florynce KennedyFlorynce Kennedy
11 February 1916, American
Autobiographer, Lawyer
Judy SmithJudy Smith
27 October 1958, American
Crisis manager

Margaret AveryMargaret Avery
20 January 1944, American
Actress
Katrina PiersonKatrina Pierson
20 July 1976, American
Political Activists

Sister SouljahSister Souljah
28 January 1964, American
Writer

Cari ChampionCari Champion
01 June 1978, American
Journalists
Mara Brock AkilMara Brock Akil
27 May 1970, American
ScreenWriter

Ursula BurnsUrsula Burns
20 September 1958, American
Businesswoman
Dorothy HeightDorothy Height
24 March 1912, American
Educator

Marian Wright EdelmanMarian Wright Edelman
06 June 1939, American
Writer, Lawyer

Amelia BoyntonAmelia Boynton Robinson
18 August 1911, American
Activist

Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
04 December 1985, American
fencer
Jane BolinJane Bolin
11 April 1908, American
American judge
C. Delores TuckerC. Delores Tucker
04 October 1927, American
Politician

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

Edna LewisEdna Lewis
13 April 1916, Central African, American
Chef

Evelyn AshfordEvelyn Ashford
15 April 1957, American
American olympic athlete
Septima Poinsette ClarkSeptima Poinsette Clark
03 May 1898, American
Educator

Clementine HunterClementine Hunter
30 November 1886, American
Folk Artist

Bernice Johnson ReagonBernice Johnson Reagon
04 October 1942, American
Singer, Composer

Lorna SimpsonLorna Simpson
13 August 1960, American
Photographer

Taylor ParksTaylor Parks
16 September 1993, American
Singer
Janet CollinsJanet Collins
07 March 1917, American
Ballet Dancer

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

Wyomia TyusWyomia Tyus
29 August 1945, American
Olympic Athlete
Belle da Costa GreeneBelle da Costa Greene
13 December 1883, American
Librarian
Josephine St. Pierre RuffinJosephine St. Pierre Ruffin
31 August 1842, American
American publisher