To expand on our love of the culture that is for African Americans and women who soar, I would like to shed some recent light on one of our 2017 accomplishments.
A young lady by the name of ImeIme Umana has been elected as the very first African American woman to be President of the prestigious 130 year old Harvard Law Review. She will be the second African American in history to hold this position, next to former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Her tenure will not begin, however, until the next school year. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/health/harvard-law-african-american-president-trnd/)
May 4, 1959
Ella J. Fitzgerald
Born April 25, 1917 – Died June 15, 1996- Jazz Singer
First African American woman to win a Grammy Award.
Misty D. Copeland
Born September 10, 1982- Ballet Dancer
First African American performer appointed as Principle Dancer for the American Ballet Theater.
June 24 – July 5, 1957
Born August 25, 1927 – Died September 28, 2003- Pro Tennis and Golf Player
First African American tennis player to play at the US National Championship and Wimbleton.
Born December 23, 1981- Athlete
First African American woman to place on the Olympic Swim Team.
July 29 – Aug 14, 1948
Alice M. Coachman
Born November 9, 1923 – Died July 14, 2014- Athlete
First African American woman to win a Gold Medal in the Summer Olympics London, UK.
Thelma “Linda Martell” Bynem
Born June 4, 1941- R&B and Country Singer
First African American woman to perform at Grand Ole Opry.
Mary J. Patterson
Born September 12, 1840 – Died September 24, 1894- Teacher
First African American woman to earn a Bachelors Degree. She attended Oberlin College.
1983 – 1992
Born April 15, 1957- Athlete
Set World record in 100-meter (10.79) and broke own World record the following year (10.76) The oldest American woman to win a Gold Medal in Track with the 400-meter Relay Group. Also, the only woman in US Track history to win four Olympic Gold Medals.
Navy Lieutenant/ Political Campaign Manager/ 2008 Obama National Finance Committee
First African American woman to own a Cannabis Dispensary in Colorado. She is co-owner with her husband, Scott Durrah.