February 25, 2022

Ketanji Bown Jackson becomes the first black female Supreme Court nominee.

December 28, 1829

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.

January 5, 1868

Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones American opera singer and first black woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall was born.

September 25, 1952

Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, American author, professor, feminist, and social activist was born.

September 19, 1992

Erin Jackson American speed skater, inline skater and roller derby player is born.

November 8, 1920

Esther Rolle American actress and first woman to receive the NAACP Chairman’s Civil Rights Leadership Award was born.

April 27, 1988

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, an American singer, rapper, songwriter and flutist is born.

January 16, 1950

Deborah Kaye Allen American actress, dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, director, producer is born.

November 9, 1923

Alice Coachman Davis  American athlete specializing in high jump and was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal was born.

November 13, 1955

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.