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April 9, 2015 8:34 AM   Subscribe

Unsung Heroines provides bite-sized biographies of Black women who changed the world, and is a great way to learn history you were deliberately not taught in school. Women profiled include Fannie Lou Hamer, the civil rights hero who first said "I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired;" Mary Church Terrell, an early advocate for civil rights and the suffrage movement; Melba Roy Mouton, a NASA mathmatician; as well as:

Monica Roberts, aka The TransGriot
Lucy Hicks Anderson, a pioneer in the fight for marriage equality
Georgia Douglas Johnson, a poet, playwright, and member of the Harlem Renaissance.
Pearl Eileen Primus, a dancer, choreographer and anthropologist
Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize
Pinkie Gordon Lane, poet
Sister Rosetta Thorpe, The Godmother of Rock-n-Roll
Jackie Ormes, cartoonist
Joyce Bryant, singer
Ruth Ellis, gay and lesbian rights advocate
Ida Cox, singer and performer
Toni Cade Bambara, writer
Nikki Giovanni, poet
Olivette Harper, "swing" harpist
Celia Cruz, the best–known and most influential female figure in the history of Afro–Cuban music
MC Lyte, rapper
Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio, Afro-Brazilian politician
Mari Evans, poet and writer
Six Activists Living with HIV/AIDS (CW: Rape, Sexual Abuse, Suicide, Drug Addiction)
Sonia Sanchez, poet
Charlotte Hawkins Brown, educator
Ella Josephine Baker, civil rights leader
Jewelle Gomez, author, poet, critic and playwright
Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women
posted by Juliet Banana (6 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
Thank you this link. I love things like this...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 8:54 AM on April 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Great fpp - thank you for making it.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:22 AM on April 9, 2015

Dorothy Height FTW. I'm enjoying reading through the rest of these.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:25 AM on April 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is great - thank you!
posted by jammy at 10:55 AM on April 9, 2015

Very excellent.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 12:25 PM on April 9, 2015

Oh this is lovely, thank you!
posted by Deoridhe at 1:36 PM on April 9, 2015

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