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.
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
1820 AD, American
 
Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
26 September 1981, American
Tennis Player

Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935, American
Actress

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
Actress

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 
Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
26 August 1993, American
Actress

Rosa ParksRosa Parks
04 February 1913, American
Civil Rights Activist

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942, American
Singer

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Author
Toni MorrisonToni Morrison
18 February 1931, American
Novelist

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933, American
Singer-songwriter, Composer
Issa RaeIssa Rae
12 January 1985, American
Actress

Josephine BakerJosephine Baker
03 June 1906, French
Dancer

Tamron HallTamron Hall
16 September 1970, American
Journalist
Ruby BridgesRuby Bridges
08 September 1954, American
Philanthropist

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American
Singer
Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797, American
American women's rights activist

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

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
 

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

Marian AndersonMarian Anderson
27 February 1897, American
Singer
Wangari MaathaiWangari Maathai
01 April 1940, Kenyan
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Audre LordeAudre Lorde
18 February 1934, American
Writer

Barbara JordanBarbara Jordan
21 February 1936, American
Lawyer

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian
Harris FaulknerHarris Faulkner
13 October 1965, American
News Anchor

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Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892, American
Aviator

Jemele HillJemele Hill
21 December 1975, American
Journalist

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

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

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

Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914, American
Mathematics Educator
Jolie Jones LevineJolie Jones Levine
 , American
Daughter of Quincy Jones

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

Josina AndersonJosina Anderson
15 August 1978, American
Journalist

Vanessa Lynn WilliamsVanessa Lynn Williams
18 March 1963, American
Singer, Actress, Model

Ros Gold-OnwudeRos Gold-Onwude
28 April 1987, American
Sports Reporter, Basketball Analyst
Brandi RhodesBrandi Rhodes
23 June 1983, American
Professional wrestler

Taylour PaigeTaylour Paige
05 October 1990, American
Actress

Donna BrazileDonna Brazile
15 December 1959, American
Political strategist

Tarana BurkeTarana Burke
12 September 1973, American
Activist
N. K. JemisinN. K. Jemisin
19 September 1972, American
Novelist

Loretta LynchLoretta Lynch
21 May 1959, American
Former Attorney General of the United States
Misty StoneMisty Stone
26 March 1986, American
Actress

Cari ChampionCari Champion
01 June 1978, American
Journalists

Tamara TunieTamara Tunie
14 March 1959, American
Actress
Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

Leontyne PriceLeontyne Price
10 February 1927, American
American soprano
Katrina PiersonKatrina Pierson
20 July 1976, American
Political Activists

Barbara LeeBarbara Lee
16 July 1946, American
Politician

Judy SmithJudy Smith
27 October 1958, American
Crisis manager
Mara Brock AkilMara Brock Akil
27 May 1970, American
ScreenWriter

Cleo LaineCleo Laine
28 October 1927, British
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor
Betty WrightBetty Wright
21 December 1953, American
Singer-songwriter

Ursula BurnsUrsula Burns
20 September 1958, American
Businesswoman

Alicia GarzaAlicia Garza
04 January 1981, American
Activist

Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
04 December 1985, American
fencer
Dorothy HeightDorothy Height
24 March 1912, American
Educator
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
Faye WattletonFaye Wattleton
08 July 1943, American
Midwife, Registered nurse, Author, News presenter

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

Taylor ParksTaylor Parks
16 September 1993, American
Singer

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

A'Lelia WalkerA'Lelia Walker
06 June 1885, American
Businesswoman