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Women's History Post of the Day: Susie King Taylor was a nurse, educator and author. She was the first African American nurse in the United States Army, the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia, and the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her war time experiences.
Professor, scholar, and expert on United States diplomacy. She was the first African American graduate of Western Michigan Teachers College, first African American woman to attend the University of Oxford, first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in government and international relations from Harvard University (then Radcliffe College), as well as one of the first two female members to join the Department of History at Howard University.
Nina Mae McKinney (1912 – 1967) was an African American actress who worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar period in theatre, film and television. Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe because of her striking beauty, McKinney was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States, as well as one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.Credit: www.Doctormacro.com
"Even as a young girl, Elizabeth Catlett knew she wanted to be an artist. This aspiration -- at a time when few African American women were practicing artists, and art museums in the South were closed to African Americans -- is a testament to her family's support and commitment to education. Against all odds, she tenaciously pursued her vision despite the denial of educational and exhibition opportunities to African American artists at that time." - portrait by Kwaku Alston
Matice Wright, the Navy's first African American female naval flight officer.
John Taitt, Souvenir of Negro Progress: Chicago, 1779–1925 (Chicago: De Saible Assoc., 1925). African-American women contributed to the war effort in significant ways and formed the backbone of African-American patriotic activities. Clubwomen, many under the auspices of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), led "liberty loan" campaigns, held rallies, and provided crucial material and emotional support for black troops.