of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Hedgeman Lyle -
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
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
Yvonne Braithwaite-Burke - Former Congresswoman from
California and first woman to chair the Democratic National
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
Ella Fitzgerald - Internationally famous jazz singer.
Bettiann Gueno Gardner - Co-Chairman of Soft Sheen
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
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.
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
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
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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