7 Of The Most Unrecognized Women in Black History

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February 23, 2012 ‐ By Erica Renee

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Diane Nash

A leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash was a member of the infamous Freedom Riders. She also helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Selma Voting Rights Committee campaign, which helped blacks in the South get to vote and have political power.

Raised in Chicago, Nash initially wanted to become a nun as a result of her Catholic upbringing.  Also known for her beauty, she would later become runner-up for Miss Illinois. But Nash’s path changed direction when she attended Fisk University after transferring from Howard University. It was there that she would witness segregation first hand, since coming from a desegregated northern city. Her experiences in the South resulted in her ambition to fight against segregation.

Historian David Halberstam considered Nash, “bright, focused, utterly fearless, with an unerring instinct for the correct tactical move at each increment of the crisis; as a leader, her instincts had been flawless, and she was the kind of person who pushed those around her to be at their best—that, or be gone from the movement.”

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  • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

    This is a great article with excellent information on real heroes.

  • Tammy

    What about the most important Black American Woman in my opinion…Mary McCloud Bethune!!! Remember, Dr. Height would not have been who she was if Mrs. Bethune did not found the National Council of Negro Women!!!!

    • phillipskification .

      Reread the title. UNRECOGNIZED women. Clearly Mary McLeod Bethune has an HBCU named after her. I think that’s recognition.

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  • Margaret

    I’d like to see Catherine Ferguson (1779-1854) mentioned as an unrecognized woman in Black History.

    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Thanks for the information. Catherine Ferguson should be acknowledged heavily for her accomplishments too. Also, Ida B. Wells is one of my heroes as well.

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  • Sarah

    Madam C J Walker was the first female millionaire and a former slave…….and she was not on this list

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WSVFJLWBGUC6IZCIMBKVXSNRWY Dani

    Beautiful History and Women

    • Sarai

      MN thanks for the info. I was wondering is there any info regarding whether or not two of my faves: Zora Neale Hurston and Billie Holiday ever met? Just curious.

  • Yadi

     good profiles, good job!!

  • IllyPhilly

    LOVE IT!!!!!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ash-Iman/663018948 Ash Iman

    It was nice to see some of my sorors of Delta Sigma Theta on this list. It would be interesting to see an article about the work of Black Greeks in the Civil Rights Movement. Great article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ash-Iman/663018948 Ash Iman

    It was nice to see some of my sorors of Delta Sigma Theta on this list. It would be interesting to see an article about the work of Black Greeks in the Civil Rights Movement. Great article.

  • Asantewaaspeasks

    Thanks for this.  I actually am a shamed that I had only read about Fannie Lou Hamer and Dorothy Heights.  There are so many unsung heroes.

  • Asantewaaspeasks

    Thanks for this.  I actually am a shamed that I had only read about Fannie Lou Hamer and Dorothy Heights.  There are so many unsung heroes.

  • Pymobwisc

    I thank you for bringing attention to issues pertaining to African American Blacks .
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  • Sugar_Spice

    Thank you for sharing MN!  I am so thankful for all of these women & everyone who fought so that I can have a better life.  I just wish that we as a whole AA community can do these people who fought tirelessly for equal rights justice in our actions today. 

  • Sugar_Spice

    Thank you for sharing MN!  I am so thankful for all of these women & everyone who fought so that I can have a better life.  I just wish that we as a whole AA community can do these people who fought tirelessly for equal rights justice in our actions today. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/V6O2EBOSDDIC3EESW3JS22OYWA Vic

    Why is Dr. Francess Cress Welsing not on this list? Disgraceful. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/V6O2EBOSDDIC3EESW3JS22OYWA Vic

    Why is Dr. Francess Cress Welsing not on this list? Disgraceful. 

  • JN31

    Great article. I do think MN had the entire month to spotlight Black women in history. Hopefully it will continue after February