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Legendary African-American poet, filmmaker, civil rights activist, journalist and playright, Dr. Maya Angelou on the power of words.  

African-American women whose words got under our skin and changed history:

1. Anita Hill

African-American attorney and professor of law, social policy and women’s studies, the case of Anita Hall not only serves as an exemplary  model of gender-based discrimination that has and continues to take place in US court hearings, but also the injustice surrounding the repudiation of Hall’s sexual harassment allegations against US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stirred the nation and broke the spell of fear that has (and continues) to keep many women silent.

2. Rosa Parks

Often referred to as the  ‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’, Rosa Parks is a prime example of the power of standing up for what we believe in, regardless of the repercussions. Although her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white male provoked her imprisonment, Parks actions sparked the biggest civil rights movement in American history.

3.Barbara Jordan

An influential force behind President Nixon’s impeachment, Barbara Jordan’s defense of justice and the cautionary interpretation of the  constitution placed the African-American political leader on the national stage.