Every February, in recognition of Black History Month, we’re reintroduced to influential people in our history who have left marks in their respective industries. These people were great. Their courage surpassed their fear and they held steadfast in their fight for justice and equality for the human race. Yet, while we’re constantly reminded of the Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Harriet Tubmans, Malcolms, and Rosa Parks of the past, there are many other black leaders that often go unrecognized. Their paths were just as difficult and their fights just as courageous.
So as Black History Month gets ready to come to a close, we would like to acknowledge seven of the least recognized women in black history. Some you may be familiar with by name, but not aware of their stories. Others you will be introduced to for the first time. These women paved the way for other women and blacks in general.
Check out our list of influential black women who may have missed the mainstream recognition, but nevertheless played a pivotal role in our history on Madame Noire
A writer, educator, and media personality, Erica Renee’ Williams’ career consists of over seven years of experience writing for a variety of national publications and speaking on cultural issues, relationships, and female empowerment. A contributor of the award-winning women’s publication, MadameNoire.com, Erica writes weekly features on relationships and cultural issues among African American women.