Debra Lee

Debra Lee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the highest ranking black woman at its parent company, Viacom; 2018.

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Ralph Abernathy Sr.

Ralph Abernathy Sr. was the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) following the assassination of King in 1968, where he led the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C.

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Moziah Bridges

Moziah Bridges, a black entrepreneur, founded Mo’s Bows Handmade Bow Tie at the age of 15 and partnered with the NBA to make custom bow ties for all 30 NBA teams, 2017.

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Maya Penn

Maya Penn, the black CEO and founder of Maya’s Ideas, started her company at the age of eight and gives 10% of her profits to charities and environmental nonprofit organizations; 2008.

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Mary Ann Shadd

Mary Ann Shadd was a black Canadian and the first woman publisher in Canada and the first black woman publisher in North America, and the first black woman newspaper editor in North America, establishing “The Provincial Freeman” in 1853.

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