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Toni Morrison become the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

Writer and African American activist Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her five autobiographical novels were met with critical and popular success. Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, she earned a NAACP Award. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story

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Angela Davis and Toni Morrison on March 28, 1974. Photo by Jill Krementz.

Maya Angelou with Malcolm X in Ghana, West Africa in 1964, WOW

"I am prepared to die," Nelson Mandela. One of the most memorable speeches in modern history.

All That Is Interesting: The Greatest Speeches In Modern History

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In 1963, everyone begged William Lewis Moore not to go to Mississippi. His family worried about where he would sleep & eat. He reminded them that he had been a Marine & that Marines could handle anything. He insisted on hand-delivering a letter to the governor, urging the staunch segregationist to change. But he never made it to Miss. He was shot to death April 23, 1963, after crossing into Alabama. Although police quickly identified a suspect, no one was ever charged.

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Ethel Percy Andrus (1884-1967). In retirement in the mid-1940s, she became a champion of and advocate for the interests and needs of the elders in society after discovering a retired teacher forced by poverty to live in a chicken coop. Galvanized to action, in 1947, at age 63, she founded NRTA (then called the National Retired Teachers Association) and in 1958, at age 73, she founded AARP. Today, AARP is the largest nonprofit organization in the world, with 37 million members.

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An amazing woman! Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) devoted her life to promoting equal education for Black girls & women. "For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth."

Ellen Degeneres, I admire her so much.

Ellen Degeneres - a lady crush (23 photos)

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Anthony Graves spent18 years in prison -12 on death row - for a murder he didn’t commit. After his exoneration, he received $1.45 million in compensation. He’s been using most of it to help others -- a foundation for children of incarcerated parents, and now a scholarship at the U of Texas to honor the volunteer attorney who won his freedom. He wanted to "honor his defender, friend, sister, and angel... and to encourage others to follow her example of hope, perseverance, courage, and humility. “

Portrait of photographer Gordon Parks Location: New York, NY, US Date taken: 1968 Photographer: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Honest and brave` We should all be so fortunate, to know our faults this well.

Toni Morrison, Writer.

In the original William Travilla dress for "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from "Gentleman Prefer Blondes", 1953. The design was replaced by the pink Travilla design with the orders to "cover her up". I think she is lovely, in this picture.

Lucretia Mott was a Quaker minister and protested injustices against women and slaves.

A beautiful haunting photo of Marilyn Monroe from her last photoshoot by Bert Stern

She did the unthinkable—divorcing the powerful leader of the Mormon Church, a man labeled a “living prophet” who was believed to speak directly with God. But Ann Eliza Young could not tolerate her position as “Wife No. 19” to Brigham Young, and in her rebellion, she exposed the horrors of polygamy. She was born Ann Eliza Webb on September 3, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, a settlement founded by Mormons.

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Daddy Fat Sacks and Three Thou-. Sirs.

Ella Fitzgerald & Marilyn Monroe. “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt …. she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night .... The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.” - Ella Fitzgerald

Octavia Butler’s mom was a maid who was only allowed to enter white homes through back doors. It was an experience that would stay with Butler the rest of her life. As an African-American woman writing science fiction, there just weren’t many other people like her working in the genre at the time. If it seems like speculative fiction authors today are a more diverse crowd than other genres, we have tough pioneers like Butler to thank for that.

Malcolm X, "Message to the Grassroots." Speech delivered in Detroit, Michigan, at a meeting of the Northern Negro Leadership Conference, November 10, 1963.

Message To The Grass Roots - Malcolm X

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he meant it, all courage, all heart.

Nick Vujicic