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9 Incredible Women Who Spent Their Lives Fighting To Change America

There won't be a female president next year, but soon. These are just a few of the many brilliant women from history who paved the way for the women yet to come.

2/1/15 Langston Hughes - 'Song for a Dark Girl' ... Langston Hughes poetic form as he documented through verse the pains and sorrows associated with being black. On today in 1902, Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. He was a poet, novelist, playwright, social activist, and columnist. Hughes is known for being one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. He is also credited for being one of the innovators of the art form classified as jazz poetry. #365BlackHistory

1950's Black Hollywood Heartthrob, James Edwards (1918-70) The tall, handsome and athletic Edwards eventually ended up in New York, where he made his debut in 1945 in the play "Deep are the Roots," in which his character has an interracial love affair. He made his film debut in a small role in 1949's "The Set-Up" before "Home of the Brave."

#BeaconOfHope Maya Angelou (Apr 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014) With James Baldwin’s help, she authored: 'I know Why the Caged Bird Sings' ... “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; & to do so w/ some passion, some compassion, some humor, & some style.” #NailedIt #RIP