February is Black History Month

Can you identify:

  • an advocate for civil rights, a fund raiser for NAACP, and the first African-American person to sign a long-term Hollywood contract in 1942?
  • the first African-American woman in the world to earn a pilot’s license?
  • a performer denied permission to sing in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) auditorium because of her race in 1939, but later became the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955?
  • the first African-American president of an Ivy League University and the first female president of Brown University?

Explore and celebrate the accomplishments of more African-American women in history at:

PBS also has some great video links celebrating African-American women who have made a special mark on their communities and the world at:

Answers to above: Lena Horne (1917 – 2010), Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926), Marian Anderson (1897 – 1993), Ruth Jean Simmons (1945)




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