Powerful Black Women: 72 Inspiring Biographies

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The lives and accomplishments of 70 influential African-American women are celebrated in this new book from the publishers of Epic Lives: 100 Black Women Who Made a Difference and Black Firsts. These compelling stories offer not only a fascinating glimpse into history and current events, but also serve as a source of inspiration for the reader. 70 photos.
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Overview

The lives and accomplishments of 70 influential African-American women are celebrated in this new book from the publishers of Epic Lives: 100 Black Women Who Made a Difference and Black Firsts. These compelling stories offer not only a fascinating glimpse into history and current events, but also serve as a source of inspiration for the reader. 70 photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787608828
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 423
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Photo Credits
Contributors
Foreword
Introduction
Prayer
Debbie Allen: Actress, television producer, writer, director, singer, dancer 1
Del Marie Neely Anderson: College president, educator, model 7
Anita Baker: Singer 13
Kathleen Battle: Opera singer 17
Halle Berry: Actress, model, activist 23
Willa Brown: Aviator, activist, educator 29
Nannie Helen Burroughs: School founder, educator, civil rights activist, feminist, religious leader 35
Septima Clark: Educator, humanitarian, civil rights activist 41
Alice Coachman: Athlete 47
Camille O. Cosby: Philanthropist, entrepreneur, foundation executive 51
Julie Dash: Filmmaker 57
The Delany Sisters: Educator, humanitarian 63
The Delany Sisters: Dentist, civil rights activist 63
Suzanne De Passe: Producer, record and film company executive 69
Dorothy Donegan: Pianist 75
Rita Dove: Poet, writer 79
Jocelyn Elders: Physician, researcher, state health official, former US Surgeon General 83
Justina L. Ford: Physician, humanitarian 89
Hazel B. Garland: Journalist, editor 95
Zina Lynna Garrison: Tennis player 101
Frances E. W. Harper: Writer, activist 107
Charlotte Hawkins Brown: Educator, school founder, author, civic leader 113
Alexis M. Herman: Government official, civic and social worker, women's rights advocate 119
Anita Hill: Lawyer, educator 125
Ann Hobson-Pilot: Harpist 131
Bell Hooks: Feminist, critic, social activist, educator, writer 137
Whitney Houston: Singer, model, actress 143
Alberta Hunter: Singer, composer, nurse 149
Louise E. Jefferson: Calligrapher, illustrator, art director, cartographer, photographer 155
Eva Jessye: Composer, musician, choral director, educator, writer, actress 161
Queen Latifah: Rap artist, actress, business executive 165
Edmonia Lewis: Sculptor 171
Jackie "Moms" Mabley: Dancer, singer, comedienne 177
Mary E. Mahoney: Nurse, civil rights activist, suffragist 183
Julianne Malveaux: Economist, television host, writer, columnist, activist 187
Oseola McCarty: Laundress, philanthropist 191
Rosalie "Rose" McClendon: Actress 195
Gay Johnson McDougall: International lawyer, social activist, administrator 201
Patricia Carwell McKissack: Children's author, educator, consultant, storyteller 207
Terry L. McMillan: Writer, educator, editor 213
Carole E. Moseley-Braun: Lawyer, politician, radio host 219
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe: Photographer, writer, AIDS activist 225
Gloria Naylor: Short story writer, novelist, playwright 229
Hazel O'Leary: US Secretary of Energy, government official, lawyer, consultant 235
Jennie R. Patrick: Chemical engineer, educator, motivational speaker 241
Billie Goodson Pierce: Jazz and blues pianist, singer, dancer 247
Sarah Forten Purvis: Poet, activist 253
Charlotta Gordon Pyles: Aboltionist, lecturer 259
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey: Singer 263
Florence Spearing Randolph: Minister, missionary, suffragist, lecturer, club leader, temperance leader 269
Sylvia M. Rhone: Record company executive 275
Linda Johnson Rice: Publishing company executive 279
Kay George Roberts: Conductor, violinist, educator 283
Leah J. Sears-Collins: Lawyer, judge, state supreme court justice 289
Betty Shabazz: Educator, nurse, community activist 295
Jeanne C. Sinkford: Dentist, educator, college administrator, researcher, lecturer 301
Norma Merrick Sklarek: Architect 307
Ellen Stewart: Stage producer, fashion designer 311
Maria W. Stewart: Women's rights activist, journalist, educator 317
Alethia Browning Tanner: Slave, gardner 323
Debi Thomas: Figure skater 327
Willie Mae Thornton: Blues singer, musician, songwriter, dancer 333
Rosina Tucker: Labor organizer, social and civil rights activist, educator 339
Tina Turner: Singer 345
Cicely Tyson: Actress 351
Susan Paul Vashon: Civil War relief organizer 357
Ora Washington: Tennis player, basketball player 363
Maxine Waters: Politician 367
Dorothy West: Writer, educator, journalist 373
Marion Birnie Wilkinson: Humanitarian, educator, clubwoman 379
Marion Williams: Gospel leader 383
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