Suzanne Shank was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business in 2006 Black Enterprise Magazine and one of the 75 Most Influential Blacks on Wall Street. Based in Detroit, she has established an internship program there — the Detroit Summer Finance Institute — opening careers in high finance to underprivileged city students.
Fannie Lou Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper in 1962 when she volunteered to register to vote, even though putting her life in danger. She endured harassment, eviction, arrest, & beatings to become a key organizer in Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964."I guess if I'd had any sense, I'd have been a little scared - but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and it kinda seemed like they'd been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I could remember."
Nannie Helen Burroughs, (1879-1961) was an African American educator, orator, religious leader, and businesswoman. She gained national recognition for her 1900 speech "How the Sisters Are Hindered from Helping," at the National Baptist Convention. She founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C. in 1909. It has since been renamed the Nannie Helen Burroughs School in her honor and provides education for the elementary grades.