OUR HBCU MEN AND WOMEN HISTORY MAKERS
For the month of March, The HBCU Closet celebrated Black Women in History. We started with Black Women who have made history affiliated with an HBCU. We will continue to highlight women and have decided to highlight men as well throughout the rest of this year.
If there is someone you would like to see highlighted, please email their information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to add to our history maker library!
Celebrating Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams, "the first black woman to be nominated by a major party for governor."*
"the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives"
* taken from CNBC.com
** taken from StaceyAbrams.com
Celebrating Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune, the only woman that has founded an HBCU and was "the first African-American woman to lead a federal agency, the Office of Minority Affairs." ~NTHP
Celebrating Mary Winston Jackson
Mary W. Jackson, a graduate of Hampton University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, " in 1958 became NASA’s first black female engineer." ~NASA
Celebrating Vice President Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris, a graduate of Howard University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, is the "first African American woman and HBCU graduate—to hold the office"-Smithsonian Mag.
Celebrating Maia Chaka
Maia Chaka, a graduate of Norfolk State University, was made NFL history as the first Black woman to be named an official referee by the league. Chaka received a phone call on March 1, 2021, informing of the exciting news. What a way to bring in Women's History Month!!! CONGRATULATIONS
Celebrating Marilyn Mosby
Marilyn Mosby, a graduate of Tuskegee University, serves as the State's Attorney for Baltimore. She is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major U.S. city-Smithsonian Mag.
Celebrating Lillian E. Fishburne
Lillian E. Fishburne, "a graduate of Lincoln University and the first black woman promoted to rear admiral in the U.S. Navy."-Smithsonian Mag.
Celebrating Sarah Jane Woodson
Sarah Jane Woodson was hired at Wilberforce University in 1858. Ms. Woodson became the first black woman college instructor and she was the first black American to teach at a historically black college or university