Akwaeke Emezi is the first non-binary transgender author to be nominated for The Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2019.Read more "Akwaeke Emezi"
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the first black woman to run a billion-dollar business as the founder and CEO of Act 1 Group, Inc. in 1978.Read more "Janice Bryant Howroyd"
Luvvie Ajayi is the executive director of The Red Pump Project, a non-profit she co-founded in 2009 that empowers and educates women and girls of color about HIV/AIDS to help eliminate the stigma associated with the epidemic.Read more "Luvvie Ajayi"
Miriam E. Benjamin invented and patented the gong and signal chair for hotels in 1888, a precursor to call button for flight attendants.Read more "Miriam E. Benjamin"
Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a $100 million film, A Wrinkle in Time in 2017.Read more "Ava DuVernay"
Alma Thomas was the first black woman to have a solo exhibition at The Whitney Museum in 1971 when she was in her 80s. She graduated from art school in 1924.Read more "Alma Thomas"
Ellen Elgin invented a “clothes wringer” for washing machines in 1882 and sold the patent because she thought no one would use it if it were known she was a black woman.Read more "Ellen Elgin"
Noraly Beyer was the first black news anchor in the Netherlands; NOS, the Dutch BBC, from 1985 to 2008.Read more "Noraly Beyer"
Irene Morgan Kiklaldy in July 1944 refused to give up her bus seat to a white person in Virginia. She was arrested, convicted, and appealed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor. She received a Presidential Citizens medal from President Bill Clinton in 2001.Read more "Irene Morgan Kiklaldy"
Willie Mae Thornton better known as Big Mama Thornton was the original singer of Hound Dog in 1952, later popularized by Elvis Pressley and wrote and recorded Ball”n”Chain later popularized by Janis Joplin.Read more "Willie Mae Thornton"