Senator and Representative Barbara Jordan. The first African American elected to the Texas Senate after reconstruction in 1966 and the 1st African American women elected to the House of Representatives in 1972. In 1990 voted one of the most influential women of the 20th century by the National Women’s Hall of Fame. During her time in Congress, Jordan backed the Workman’s Compensation Act, the Community Reinvestment Act, and the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Maria P. Williams is the first black woman to direct & produce a film. Her film Flames of Wrath was a crime drama & was released in 1923. It was an extraordinary accomplishment. Black female directors have faced enormous obstacles since Ms Williams shot her ground-breaking film. It took over a half century for another black female director to have a nationally released film. Julie Dash was the first African American woman to have a national release with her film Daughters of the Dust, in…
The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games as a result.
from caption: "Bernice Julia Hilbert, sister of Seattle resident Albert Hilbert, had her name legally changed to LaTanya Martinique. Around 1938 she received a Rosenwald Scholarship for fashion design; it is believed she was the first African American woman to receive this award. 1945"
This woman is one of the last faces of slavery. In the 1920s and 1930s, an interest in slave narratives was rekindled, and as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Work Progress Administration, more than 2,000 first-person accounts of slavery were collected, as well as 500 black and white photographs. Most were in their 80s and 90s.
from original pin: "Lenora Branch Fulani the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states receiving more votes for President in a U.S. general election than any other woman in history."
First African American Women to vote in Ettrick, VA, 1920. from caption: "These women, left to right, are Eva Conner, Evie Carpenter, Odelle Green, Virginia Mary Branch, Anna Lindsay, Edna Colson, Edwina Wright, Johnella Frazer, and Nannie Nichols"