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36 Black women who changed American history

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36 Black women who changed American history

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To compile a list of 36 Black women who have changed American history, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a set of images of “African-American Women Changemakers” — including educators, activists, artists, and writers — assembled by the Library of Congress. For similar lists visit 24/7 Wall St. .(John Harrington, 24/7 Wall St.)

36 Black women who changed American history | The stories of all these women point to a uniquely American experience of perseverance and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds. (George Konig/Hulton Archive via Getty Images)
36 Black women who changed American history | The stories of all these women point to a uniquely American experience of perseverance and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds. (George Konig/Hulton Archive via Getty Images)
Althea Gibson | Known as: Tennis player - Life: 1927-2003 | Althea Gibson overcame racial bias to become the first African-American tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament — the French Championships in 1956. She went on to win four more singles Grand Slams and six doubles titles. Venus and Serena Williams, among many other women players, Black and otherwise, cite her as an inspiration. (Central Press/Hulton Archive via Getty Images)
Althea Gibson | Known as: Tennis player – Life: 1927-2003 | Althea Gibson overcame racial bias to become the first African-American tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament — the French Championships in 1956. She went on to win four more singles Grand Slams and six doubles titles. Venus and Serena Williams, among many other women players, Black and otherwise, cite her as an inspiration. (Central Press/Hulton Archive via Getty Images)

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