To end Black Women’s History Month, here’s a list of the thirty times Black women were excellent, everything, fierce, strong, iconic- I can go on. It was hard choosing what to include in only thirty slots and this is in no particular order. Black women have been doing the damn thing for centuries. I could’ve wrote a book filled with our great moments.
1. When Ella Fitzgerald became the first Black person to win a Grammy award in 1958.
2. When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty and it earned $72 million within a month.
3. When Sojourner Truth delivered her speech “Ain’t I a Woman” at the Women’s Rights Convention in 1851.
4. When Oprah Winfrey had the highest rated daytime talk show in history.
5. When Beyonce became the first Black woman to headline Coachella in 2018, fans coined it, “Beychella.”
6. When Whitney Houston performed the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl in 1991.
7. When Madame C.J. Walker became the first self-made Black female millionaire in the early 1900s.
11. When Ida B. Wells launched her anti-lynching campaign in the 1890s.
13. When Claressa Shields became the undisputed middleweight champion in 2019.
14. When Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black major-party candidate to run for president.
16. When Gabby Douglas became the first Black person to win the individual all-around champion at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
17. When Toni Morrison explained to an interviewer why she only had Black characters in her stories.
18. When Maya Angelou released her autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” in 1968.
19. When Diahann Carroll became the first Black woman to star on her own tv series in 1969.
20. When Serena Williams won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics and did the crip walk to celebrate.
21. When Solange released her album, “A Seat at the Table,” in 2016.
22. When Josephine Baker worked as a spy for France during World War ll.
23. When Bessie Coleman became the first Black female pilot in 1921.
24. Every time Naomi Campbell walked a runway.
25. When Patricia Bath became the first African American female physician to receive a patent for a medical device in 1988.
26. When Mae Jemison became the first Black woman to travel in space in 1992.
27. When Sister Rosetta Tharpe invented Rock n’ Roll.
28. When Harriet Tubman risked her life leading hundreds of slaves to freedom and continued to help those in need for the rest of her life.
30. When Maxine Waters reclaimed her time.