- Founder and "guiding light" of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. whose purpose was to promote scholarship, sisterhood, and service among Black college women.
Jane Addams- Founder of Hull House, Chicago, Illinois.
Marian Anderson- The first Black woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.
Maya Angelou- Renowned novelist and poet.
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker, PhD.- President of the United States Committee for UNICEF.
Angie Brookes- The first woman President of the United Nations.
Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke- Former Congresswoman from California and first woman to chair the Democratic National Convention.
Bebe Moore Campbell- Author of Brothers and Sisters and Your Blues Aint Like Mine.
Suzette Charles- Miss America, 1984.
Marva Collins- Founder of her own private school in Chicago's west side.
Sharon Pratt Kelly- The first woman to serve as mayor of Washington, D.C.
Ella Fitzgerald- Internationally famous jazz singer.
Bettiann Gueno Gardner- Co-Chairman of Soft Sheen Products.
Zina Garrsion- Tennis Star.
Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant- Advice Columnist for Essence.
Dr. Marilyn Hughes-Gatson- Assistant Surgeon General.
Shirlee Tailor Haizlip- Author of The Sweeter The Juice.
Janice Huff- NBC Meteorologist and St. Louis Emmy Award Winner.
Dr. Mae Jemison- The first Black woman astronaut.
Coretta Scott King- Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change and Civil Rights Activism.
Dr. Margaret Lawrence- First African American to complete a residency at the New York Psychiatric Institute. Selected by Pi Psi Omega Chapter to receive honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Jewell Jackson McCabe- President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Lt. Col. Anita McMiller- Deputy Legislative Assistant to Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Toni Morrison- Nobel prize winning novelist and poet.
Jomarie Payton Noble- Humanitarian and actress; star of Family Matters.
Hazel O'Leary- United States Secretary for the Department of Energy.
Rosa Parks- Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.
Jada Pinkett- Actress whose movies include; The Nutty Professor, Set It Off, and Menace to Society.
Phylicia Rashad- Actress on the award-winning Cosby Show and the tv series Cosby.
Eleanor Roosevelt- Humanitarian and former First Lady of the United States.
Sonia Sanchez- Noted author and poet.
Ntozake Shange- Author of "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf".
C. Delores Tucker- National Chairman of the National Political Congress of Black Women.
Dr. Debbye Turner- Humanitarian and Miss America, 1990.
Leah Tutu- Wife of South African activist Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Marjorie Judith Vincent- Miss America, 1991.
Diane Watson- The first Black woman to preside over the California State Senate.
Faye Wattleton- The first woman to head the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Lynn Whitfield- Humanitarian and actress; star of The Josephine Baker Story.
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