46 Notable alumni of
Spelman College

Spelman College is 958th in the world, 357th in North America, and 335th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 46 notable alumni from Spelman College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Stacey Abrams

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    Stacey Abrams
    Born in
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    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Enrolled in Spelman College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianwritervoting rights activistlawyer
    Biography

    Stacey Yvonne Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Abrams founded Fair Fight Action, an organization to address voter suppression, in 2018. Her efforts have been widely credited with boosting voter turnout in Georgia, including in the 2020 presidential election, where Joe Biden narrowly won the state, and in Georgia's 2020–2021 U.S. Senate election and special election, which gave Democrats control over the Senate.

  2. Alice Walker

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    Alice Walker
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    1944-.. (age 77)
    Enrolled in Spelman College
    Studied in 1961
    Occupations
    writerpoetnovelistessayistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Alice Malsenior Tallulah-Kate Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. In 1982, she published the novel The Color Purple, for which she won the National Book Award for hardcover fiction, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.

  3. Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    Keshia Knight Pulliam
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    Years
    1979-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
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    Keshia Knight Pulliam is an American actress. She is known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable, the youngest daughter of Cliff and Clair Huxtable from the ages of 5 to 13, on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984–1992) and as an adult as Miranda Lucas-Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry's House of Payne (2007–present).

  4. Esther Rolle

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    Esther Rolle
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    Years
    1920-1998 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    actordancerstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Esther Rolle was an American actress. Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude, for two seasons (1972–1974), and its spin-off series Good Times, for five seasons (1974–77, 1978–79), for which Rolle was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1976. In 1979, Rolle accepted the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special for the television film Summer of My German Soldier.

  5. Bernice King

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    Bernice King
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    Years
    1963-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    lawyeractivistchief executive officer
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    Bernice Albertine King is an American minister and the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was five years old when her father was assassinated. In her adolescence, King chose to work towards becoming a minister after having a breakdown from watching a documentary about her father. King was 17 when she was invited to speak at the United Nations. Twenty years after her father was assassinated, she preached her trial sermon, inspired by her parents' activism.

  6. Alberta Williams King

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    Alberta Williams King
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    Years
    1904-1974 (aged 70)
    Biography

    Alberta Christine Williams King was Martin Luther King Jr.'s mother, married to Martin Luther King Sr. She played a significant role in the affairs of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was shot and killed in the church by Marcus Wayne Chenault, a 23-year-old Black Hebrew Israelite six years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

  7. Cassi Davis

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    Cassi Davis
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    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    actorstage actortelevision actorvoice actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Cassandra "Cassi" Davis is an American actress and singer who is best known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's House of Payne and its spin-off series The Paynes. She has also starred in several other productions under the direction of Tyler Perry.

  8. Erica Tazel

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    Erica Tazel
    Born in
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    Years
    1977-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    actorstage actor
    Biography

    Erica Tazel is an American theatre and television actor best known for the role of Rachel Brooks in the FX television series Justified (2010–2015).

  9. LaTanya Richardson

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    LaTanya Richardson
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    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actorfilm directorstage actor
    Biography

    LaTanya Richardson Jackson is an American actress. She began her career appearing in off-Broadway, before playing supporting roles on television and film.

  10. Christine King Farris

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    Christine King Farris
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    Years
    1927-.. (age 94)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Willie Christine King Farris is the eldest sibling of Martin Luther King Jr. She taught at Spelman College and is the author of several books and was a public speaker on various topics, including the King family, multicultural education, and teaching.

  11. Marian Wright Edelman

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    Marian Wright Edelman
    Born in
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    Years
    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    writerlawyerchildren's rights activist
    Biography

    Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for children's rights. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund. She influenced leaders such at Martin Luther King Jr. and Hillary Clinton.

  12. Faune A. Chambers

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    Faune A. Chambers
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    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    television actormodelfilm actorfashion designerdesigner
    Biography

    Faune Alecia Chambers is an American actress and dancer best known for her roles the films White Chicks, Bring It On Again (2004) and Epic Movie (2007).

  13. Shaun Robinson

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    Shaun Robinson
    Born in
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    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    actorjournalistfilm actor
    Biography

    Shaun Robinson is an American television host, author, producer, philanthropist, television personality and actress. She is perhaps best known for hosting Access Hollywood (1999–2015) and 90 Day Fiancé (2016– Present). Her accolades include an Emmy Award for her live coverage of A Grand Night in Harlem for the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame.

  14. Rolonda Watts

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    Rolonda Watts
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    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    television presenteractortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Rolonda Watts is an American actress, producer, voice over artist, novelist, motivational speaker, and television and radio talk show host. She is best known for hosting the eponymous Rolonda, an internationally syndicated talk show which aired from 1994 to 1997. Watts was the on-camera announcer for Judge Joe Brown, which ended its run in 2013. She is currently the on-camera announcer for Divorce Court.

  15. Tayari Jones

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    Tayari Jones
    Born in
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    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    writernovelist
    Biography

    Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage, which was a 2018 Oprah's Book Club Selection, and won the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is currently a member of the English faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University, and recently returned to her hometown of Atlanta after a decade in New York City. Jones was Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-large at Cornell University before becoming Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

  16. Avery Sunshine

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    Avery Sunshine
    Born in
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    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Denise Nicole White, known professionally as AverySunshine, is an American singer, songwriter and pianist.

  17. Kiron Skinner

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    Kiron Skinner
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    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    officialwriter
    Biography

    Kiron Kanina Skinner is a former Director of Policy Planning at the United States Department of State in the Trump administration. Prior to that, she was the Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University, and the founding director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy and associated centers at the university. She is also the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Since leaving the Department of State, she has returned to her position at Carnegie Mellon University.

  18. Bernice Johnson Reagon

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    Bernice Johnson Reagon
    Born in
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    Years
    1942-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    singercomposerhistorian
    Biography

    Bernice Johnson Reagon is a song leader, composer, scholar, and social activist, who in the early 1960s was a founding member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC) Freedom Singers in the Albany Movement in Georgia. In 1973, she founded the all-black female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, based in Washington, D.C. Reagon, along with other members of the SNCC Freedom Singers, realized the power of collective singing to unify the disparate groups who began to work together in the 1964 Freedom Summer protests in the South.

  19. Dovey Johnson Roundtree

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    Dovey Johnson Roundtree
    Born in
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    Years
    1914-2018 (aged 104)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Dovey Johnson Roundtree was an African-American civil rights activist, ordained minister, and attorney. Her 1955 victory before the Interstate Commerce Commission in the first bus desegregation case to be brought before the ICC resulted in the only explicit repudiation of the "separate but equal" doctrine in the field of interstate bus transportation by a court or federal administrative body. That case, Sarah Keys v. Carolina Coach Company (64 MCC 769 (1955)), which Dovey Roundtree brought before the ICC with her law partner and mentor Julius Winfield Robertson, was invoked by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy during the 1961 Freedom Riders' campaign in his successful battle to compel the Interstate Commerce Commission to enforce its rulings and end Jim Crow laws in public transportation.

  20. Marcelite J. Harris

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    Marcelite J. Harris
    Born in
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    Years
    1943-2018 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    military officer
    Biography

    Marcelite J. Harris was an American who became the first African-American female general officer of the United States Air Force.

  21. Mattiwilda Dobbs

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    Mattiwilda Dobbs
    Born in
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    Years
    1925-2015 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    opera singer
    Biography

    Mattiwilda Dobbs was an American coloratura soprano and was one of the first black singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. She was the first black singer to perform at La Scala in Italy, the first black woman to receive a long-term performance contract and to sing a lead role at the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the first black singer to play a lead role at the San Francisco Opera.

  22. Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson

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    Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson
    Born in
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    Years
    1942-1967 (aged 25)
    Occupations
    activist
    Biography

    Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from its earliest days in 1960 until her death in October 1967. She served the organization as an activist in the field and as an administrator in the Atlanta central office. She eventually succeeded James Forman as SNCC's executive secretary and was the only woman ever to serve in this capacity. She was well respected by her SNCC colleagues and others within the movement for her work ethic and dedication to those around her. SNCC Freedom Singer Matthew Jones recalled, "You could feel her power in SNCC on a daily basis". Jack Minnis, director of SNCC's opposition research unit, insisted that people could not fool her. Over the course of her life, she served 100 days in prison for the movement.

  23. Audrey F. Manley

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    Audrey F. Manley
    Born in
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    Years
    1934-.. (age 87)
    Occupations
    pediatricianacademic administrator
    Biography

    Audrey Forbes Manley is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. Manley was the first African-American woman appointed as chief resident at Cook County Children's Hospital in Chicago (1962). Manley was the first to achieve the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral) in 1988 and later served as the eighth president of Spelman College.

  24. Tia Fuller

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    Tia Fuller
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    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    bandleaderconductorsaxophonistjazz musician
    Biography

    Tia Fuller is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, and a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé. Fuller is currently a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music. Fuller was a Featured Jazz Musician in Pixar's full length computer-animated feature Soul (2020 film). For the film Fuller plays an alto saxophone with a Vandoren mouthpiece for the character Dorothea Williams. The appearance of Dorothea Williams is influenced by Fuller, and the character's speaking lines are voiced by Angela Bassett.

  25. Nic Stone

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    Nic Stone
    Born in
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    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Andrea Nicole Livingstone, known as Nic Stone, is an American author of young adult fiction and middle grade fiction, best known for her debut novel Dear Martin and her Middle Grade debut, Clean Getaway. Her novels have been translated into six languages.

  26. Loretta Copeland Biggs

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    Loretta Copeland Biggs
    Born in
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    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Loretta Yvonne Copeland Biggs is a United States District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

  27. Kiran Ahuja

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    Kiran Ahuja
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kiran Arjandas Ahuja is an American attorney and activist who is the Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM). She served as the chief of staff to the OPM director from 2015 to 2017. She assumed that position after serving for six years as the director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. An Indian-born American, she has also been a lawyer with the United States Department of Justice and a founding director of a non-profit, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. In 2017, she became the CEO of Philanthropy Northwest.

  28. Malikha Mallette

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    Malikha Mallette
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    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    radio personalityactornarrator
    Biography

    Malikha Mallette is an American former radio personality, voice-over artist and actress. She is most known for her former work at New York radio station Power 105, where she previously hosted afternoon drive.

  29. Ada E. Brown

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    Ada E. Brown
    Born in
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    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Ada Elene Brown is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She is a former trial judge of the Dallas County courts and a former Justice of the Fifth Court of Appeals of Texas. She is the first African-American woman federal judge nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate. Brown is also one of two Native American federal judges who are actively serving on the federal bench.

  30. Lisa D. Cook

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    Lisa D. Cook
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    economistteacher
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    Lisa DeNell Cook is an American economist working as a professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University and a member of the American Economic Association's Executive Committee. An authority on international economics, especially on the Russian economy, she has been involved in advising policymakers from the Obama Administration to the Nigerian and Rwandan governments. Her research is at the intersection of macroeconomics and economic history, with recent work in African-American history and innovation economics. As one of the Economics profession's few prominent black women, she has attracted attention within the economics profession for her efforts in mentoring black women and advocating for their inclusion in the field of economics.

  31. Spike Trotman

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    Spike Trotman
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    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    comics artistpublisher
    Biography

    Charlie Spike Trotman is an American cartoonist and publisher known for creating the long-running web comic Templar, Arizona, and for publishing the Smut Peddler anthologies of what she describe as "ladycentric porn". She is the founder and owner of Iron Circus Comics.

  32. Selena Sloan Butler

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    Selena Sloan Butler
    Years
    1872-1964 (aged 92)
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    Selena Sloan Butler is the founder and first president of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers Association (NCCPT). President Herbert Hoover appointed her to the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection in 1929. During World War II, she organized the Red Cross' first black women's chapter of "Gray Ladies." When Congress merged the NCCPT with the National PTA in 1970, Butler was posthumously recognized as one of the organization's founders. Today, Butler is considered a co-founder of the National Parent-Teacher Association.

  33. Linda Goode Bryant

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    Linda Goode Bryant
    Born in
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    Years
    1949-.. (age 72)
    Occupations
    film director
    Biography

    Linda Goode Bryant is an African American documentary filmmaker and activist. She founded the gallery Just Above Midtown (JAM), which will be the focus of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in the fall of 2022 organized by curator Thomas Lax.

  34. Aurelia E Brazeal

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    Aurelia E Brazeal
    Born in
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    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Aurelia Erskine Brazeal is a retired American diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, United States Ambassador to Kenya and United States Ambassador to Ethiopia.

  35. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons

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    Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons
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    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, formerly Gwendolyn Robinson, is an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Florida, where she researches Islamic feminism and the impact of Sharia law on Muslim women. She was a civil rights activist, serving as a member of both the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Nation of Islam (NOI). Simmons has received a number of prestigious fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, USAID Fellowships, and an American Center of Oriental Research Fellowship.

  36. Heather McTeer Toney

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    Heather McTeer Toney
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    environmentalist
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    Heather McTeer Toney is an American politician, environmentalist, attorney, and civil servant. In 2014, Toney was appointed as a Regional Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency for the Southeast region by President Barack Obama. Prior to this, Toney served as the first woman and African American to serve as Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, a position she held from 2004 to 2011.

  37. Jewell Mazique

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    Jewell Mazique
    Years
    1913-2007 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    activistwriterclerk
    Biography

    Jewell R. Mazique was an activist who helped found the Capital Transit campaign with United Federal Workers to integrate Washington D.C.'s bus operators. Mazique wrote extensively for The Washington Afro-American newspaper on topics such as the United Nations position on African Nations, and how black children were being educated in DC schools. She served on the National Council for the Southern Negro Youth Congress in 1945, a group claimed to be a Communist front organization.

  38. Georgia Rooks Dwelle

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    Georgia Rooks Dwelle
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    Years
    1884-1977 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    physicianobstetrician
    Biography

    Georgia Rooks Dwelle was a physician in Atlanta, Georgia who specialized in obstetrics and pediatrics. When Dwelle was licensed as a physician in 1904, she was one of only three African American women physicians in the state of Georgia. Dwelle began to practice medicine at a time when Jim Crow laws and social customs in Georgia required racial segregation in medical schools, health care facilities, and medical societies. To counter the lack of medical care for African-Americans in Atlanta, Dwelle opened the Dwelle Infirmary which was the first successful private general hospital for African Americans in Atlanta, and the first obstetrical hospital for African American women in Atlanta.

  39. Tiona Nekkia McClodden

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    Tiona Nekkia McClodden
    Born in
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    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    visual artist
    Biography

    Tiona Nekkia McClodden is an interdisciplinary research-based conceptual artist, filmmaker and curator based in Philadelphia, PA.

  40. Lashanda Holmes

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    Lashanda Holmes
    Born in
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    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    aircraft pilot
    Biography

    La'Shanda R. Holmes is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and the first African-American female helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard. She grew up in the foster care system and put herself through Spelman College. She was an Aircraft Commander at Air Station Los Angeles, Air Station Atlantic City, and Air Station Miami. She has amassed over 2,000 flight hours conducting search and rescue, counter drug, law enforcement, and Presidential air-intercept missions. She was appointed as a White House Fellow in 2015 by President Barack Obama. In 2015–2016 she was the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator General Charles F. Bolden.

  41. Nora A. Gordon

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    Nora A. Gordon
    Born in
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    Years
    1866-1901 (aged 35)
    Occupations
    missionaryteacher
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    Nora A. Gordon was an African American missionary and teacher.

  42. Harriet Mitchell Murphy

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    Harriet Mitchell Murphy
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    judge
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    Harriet Mitchell Murphy is the first African-American woman appointed to a regular judgeship in Texas.

  43. Adrienne S. O’Neal

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    Adrienne S. O’Neal
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    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Adrienne S. O'Neal is the former United States Ambassador to Cape Verde. On June 24, 2011, O'Neal was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Ambassador and was then confirmed by the United States Senate on October 18, 2011. O'Neal presented her credentials to Cape Verde's president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, on December 9, 2011.

  44. Clara Ann Howard

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    Clara Ann Howard
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    1866-1935 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    missionary
    Biography

    Clara Ann Howard was an American educator and, from 1890 to 1895, a Baptist missionary in Africa.

  45. Angelou Ezeilo

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    Angelou Ezeilo
    Born in
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    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in Spelman College
    Studied in 1992
    Occupations
    entrepreneuractivist
    Biography

    Angelou Ezeilo is an American social entrepreneur and environmental activist. She is the founder of an international nonprofit, Greening Youth Foundation, that was created to engage underrepresented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. She received an Ashoka Fellowship in 2016. She is the author of the book, Engage, Connect, Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders, released in November 2019 by New Society Publishers and co-written by Nick Chiles, her brother.

  46. Joycelyn Harrison

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    Joycelyn Harrison
    Born in
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    Years
    1964-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Joycelyn Harrison is an African-American engineer who is Associate Dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University. In 2006 she was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Her research considers the development of novel piezoelectric materials.