Black History Month: Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey & 8 Modern Women Whose Lives Inspire Hope And Confidence

by Gee NY
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In honor of Black History Month, ShineMyCrown.Com shines a spotlight on modern Black women whose lives inspire hope and confidence across various fields.

The achievements of this list of 10 trailblazing Black women embody the spirit of Black History Month. Every year, February is dedicated to Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history.

  1. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, a prominent author, lawyer, and the first Black First Lady of the United States, continues to captivate hearts with her warmth, strength, and positive impact. Recently winning her second Grammy for the audiobook “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times,” Mrs. Obama’s legacy extends beyond the White House, where she championed education for young girls and fought against childhood obesity.

  1. Serena and Venus Williams

Tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams are not only extraordinary athletes, with 122 combined career singles titles and nine Olympic medals, but also successful entrepreneurs. Serena, the first tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam titles, has transitioned into fashion with her fashion line, S by Serena. Following in the footsteps of her sister, Venus has also launched a fashion brand EleVen, showcasing their prowess beyond the tennis court.

  1. Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland, a trailblazing ballerina, shattered stereotypes by becoming the first African American woman to be an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer. Advocating for dance as a form of expression for people of color, Copeland’s journey inspires aspiring artists to break barriers.

  1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, a media mogul, and the first Black female billionaire, has transformed her talk show success into a media and business empire. Beyond her achievements in entertainment, Winfrey’s philanthropy, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, reflects her commitment to education and empowerment.

  1. Sheila Johnson
Sheila Johnson. Image Credit: Getty Images

Sheila Johnson is the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). She is also among the first Black female billionaires. Additionally, she owns stakes in three pro sports teams: the Wizards, the Capitals, and the Mystics, showcasing her multifaceted success.

  1. Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams, a politician, lawyer, and novelist, gained national attention during her 2018 campaign for Georgia’s governor. Despite not securing the position, Abrams remains a political force, addressing voter suppression and delivering the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address in 2019.

  1. Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, the first woman, and first Black and Asian American Vice President of the United States, made history with her inauguration in January 2021. Prior to this, Harris served as district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California, breaking barriers throughout her political career.

  1. Ashanti Johnson

Ashanti Johnson, an esteemed geochemist and chemical oceanographer, holds the distinction of being the first African American to earn a doctoral degree in oceanography from Texas A&M University. Recognized for her mentorship in STEM, Johnson has received accolades, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

  1. Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay, a groundbreaking director, producer, and screenwriter, has shattered numerous glass ceilings in the film industry. From being the first Black woman to win the Best Directing Award at Sundance to directing an Oscar-nominated Best Picture film, DuVernay continues to prioritize representation in her acclaimed work.

  1. Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke, an activist and founder of the #MeToo movement, emerged as a powerful force in the fight against sexual assault. Time magazine recognized her as Person of the Year in 2017, acknowledging the movement’s impact and the collective strength it brought to survivors.

Through their achievements and contributions, these remarkable Black women have left an indelible mark, inspiring generations and shaping a future filled with hope and empowerment.

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