Ethel Hedgeman Lyle - Founder and
"guiding light" of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. whose purpose was to
promote scholarship, sisterhood, and service among Black college
Anderson - The first Black woman to sing at the Metropolitan
Angelou - Renowned novelist and poet.
Bowser - Producer of Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and A Different
World, and creator and executive producer of Living Single and For Your
- The first woman President of the United Nations.
Braithwaite-Burke - Former Congresswoman from California and
first woman to chair the Democratic National Convention.
Campbell - Award-Winning Author of Brothers and Sisters
and Your Blues Ain't Like Mine.
Charles - Former Miss America, 1984, contemporary singer and
- Founder of her own private school on Chicago's west
Fitzgerald - Internationally famous jazz singer.
Gatson - Assistant Surgeon General.
Goldsby Grant - Advice columnist for Essence.
Tailor Haizlip - Author of The Sweeter the
Garrison-Jackson - Famous tennis player.
Jemison - The first Black woman astronaut and put Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority Banner in Space.
Kelly - The first woman to serve as mayor of Washington,
King - Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social
Change and Civil Rights Activism.
Lewis - Founder of the Elma Lewis School of the Arts in Boston
Morrison - Nobel prize-winning novelist and poet.
Payton Noble - Humanitarian and actress; star of Family
O'Leary - Secretary for the Department of
Parks - Civil Rights Activist.
Rashad - Actress on the award-winning Cosby Show.
Roosevelt - Humanitarian and former First Lady of the United
Sanchez - Noted author and poet.
Shange - Author of for colored girls who have considered
suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.
Smith - Actress; star of Woo, The Nutty Professor, Jason's
Lyric, Set It Off, Menace II Society, A Different World.
Turner - Humanitarian, Veterinarian and former Miss America
- Wife of South African activist Bishop Desmond
Judith Vincent - Lawyer and former Miss America,
Walker - Pulitzer Prize winning author of the Color Purple,
Civil Rights Activist, Poet, author of Possessing the Secret of Joy, The
Temple of My Familiar, Anything We Love Can be Saved.
Wattleton - First woman to head the Planned Parenthood
Federation of America.
Watson - The first Black woman to preside over the California
Whitfield - Humanitarian and actress; star of The Josephine
Baker Story, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Eve's Bayou.