I saw this on MyHeritage – 5 Black Women Who Made History — and Who You May Not Have Heard Of: https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/02/5-black-women-who-made-history-and-who-you-may-not-have-heard-of/. Originally over 1,600 words. Cut it down to around 800 words. Plenty of additional information and photos in the link above.
by Talya February 25, 2020
Women of color have been fighting for centuries for their right to live in dignity, freedom, and equality. Despite the considerable challenges, many black women have contributed their unique talents and abilities to shape society into what it is today. And no thanks to a dominant culture that is indifferent at best to their stories, those women don’t get nearly as much recognition as they should.
Today, in honor of Black History Month, we’d like to celebrate a small sample of the remarkable black women who achieved extraordinary accomplishments in the past century. We were able to find records of each of these women through MyHeritage SuperSearch™, and we included them below.
They say that behind every successful man there is a woman. Well, behind every successful astronaut, there is Katherine Johnson.
Katherine was born in 1918 in West Virginia and proved a gifted mathematician at a young age. Because there were no public schools for African-American children beyond the eighth grade in the county where she lived, Katherine’s parents sent her to high school in a different county — when she was only 10 years old. She graduated high school at age 14 and went straight to college, where she took every math course available and graduated at age 18.