1970's African American Women

Events

Cheryl Adrienne Brown-Miss New York became the first African America contestant in the Miss America pageant

1970

Miss New York became the first African America contestant in the Miss America pageant

Beverly Johnson- First African American woman to grace the cover of a major fashion publication when she was featured on the cover of Glamour.

1971

First African American woman to grace the cover of a major fashion publication when she was featured on the cover of Glamour.

Shirley Chisholm-The first African American woman candidate for President, with more than 150 delegate votes at the 1972 Democratic convention.

1972

Shirley Chisom became the first African American woman candidate for President, with more than 150 delegate votes at the 1972 Democratic convention

Oprah Winfrey- Graduated from Tennessee State University with degree in Speech and Performing Arts

1973

Graduated from Tennessee State University with degree in Speech and Performing Arts

Elaine Brown- First female leader of the Black Panther Party

1974

First female leader of the Black Panther Party

Margaret Bush- First African American woman Board Chair of the NAACP

1975

First African American woman Board Chair of the NAACP

Janie L. Mines- First African American woman to enter the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

1976

Becomes first African American woman to enter the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Michelle Obama-Graduated from Bryn Maur Elementary School

1977

Graduated from Bryn Maur Elementary School

Toni Morrison and Harriet Tubman

1978

Toni Morrison received the National Book Critics Award for Song of Solomon and United States Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Harriet Tubman.

Lois Alexander- African American woman opens the Black Fashion Museum in Harlem

1979

African American woman opens the Black Fashion Museum in Harlem