Ketanji Bown Jackson becomes the first black female Supreme Court nominee.
Elizabeth “Mum Bett” the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts died at assumed age of 85 years old.
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones American opera singer and first black woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall was born.
Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, American author, professor, feminist, and social activist was born.
Erin Jackson American speed skater, inline skater and roller derby player is born.
Esther Rolle American actress and first woman to receive the NAACP Chairman’s Civil Rights Leadership Award was born.
Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, an American singer, rapper, songwriter and flutist is born.
Deborah Kaye Allen American actress, dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director, producer is born.
Alice Coachman Davis American athlete specializing in high jump and was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal was born.
Whoopi Goldberg actress and one of sixteen entertainers to win an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Tony Award is born.