Who Are Some Famous Women in Black History?


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Some famous women in black history are Lorraine Hansberry, Maya Angelou, Marjorie Lee Browne and Toni Morrison. Some others are Rosa Parks, Nina Simone, Jackie Joyner-Kersey and Sojourner Truth.

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Hansberry is famous for writing "A Raisin in the Sun," the first play written by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Angelou, one of the most famous black poets, wrote 36 books, and 30 of them became bestsellers. In 1949, Browne was one of the first black women in the United States to earn a doctoral degree in mathematics. Morrison is a novelist, editor and professor whose most famous novels include "The Bluest Eye," "Sula," "Song of Solomon" and "Beloved." As of 2015, she is a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.

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