First woman bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.) Church and Howard University graduate (M., Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie received the D. at the 2000 Howard University Convocation as she served as Opening Convocation Speaker.
- - Mary Bethune lifted herself from the cotton field to the White House as an adviser to the President of the United States. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was almost single-handily building Bethune-Cookman College in
Nannie Helen Burroughs (born May was an African American educator, orator, religious leader, and businesswoman. She gained national recognition for her 1900 speech She founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, DC in
Claudette Colvin (born September is a pioneer of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. On March she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the more publicized Rosa Parks incident by nine months.
Mildred Carter of Tuskegee was Alabama’s first licensed black female pilot. With 150 hours of flight time logged, Carter flew the skies in a two-plane formation with her husband, a fellow Tuskegee Airman, Herbert Carter. Known as the Tuskegee Airmen Organ