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: http://www.nwhp.org/resources/commemorations/black-womens-history-challenge/.
PBS also has some great video links celebrating African-American women who have made a special mark on their communities and the world at: http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/black-women-in-history/#.Vr9KDvIrJ1g
Answers to above: Lena Horne (1917 – 2010), Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926), Marian Anderson (1897 – 1993), Ruth Jean Simmons (1945)
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