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3rd Annual Hattie Walker Wilhoite Recognition Program Spring 2013
Eric Wileyon 8 March 2013
Transcript of 3rd Annual Hattie Walker Wilhoite Recognition Program Spring 2013
Recognition Program: Jane Bolin Gwendolyn Brooks First African American female to win the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry book, Annie Allen (1950). Dorothy Dandridge First African American female nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Carmen Jones. The only African American female cartoonist to be nationally syndicated. Brandon’s syndicated comics were called "Where I'm Coming From." Suzanne de Passe A television, music and film producer as well as the co-chairman of de Passe Jones Entertainment Group, she is the first and only African American female to be nominated for an Academy Award for screen writing in her co-writing of Lady Sings the Blues. Rita Dove First African American female to hold the title of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Dr. Minnie Joycelyn Elders First African American, and the second female, to serve as the United States Surgeon General. Ella Fitzgerald Known as the "Queen of Jazz," she was the first African American female to earn a Grammy Award. Dr. Eliza Ann Grier First African American female licensed to practice medicine in the state of Georgia. Lani Guinier Lorraine Hansberry First African American female to write a Broadway play (“A Raisin In The Sun”). Patricia Roberts Harris First African American female to hold a U.S. Cabinet position. Mahalia Jackson Referred to as "The Queen of Gospel," she became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. Dr. Mae C. Jemison First African American female astronaut in NASA to go space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. Hazel Johnson First African American female General; was appointed Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Sept. 1, 1979. First African American female Bishop of a major U.S. denomination (United Methodist Church). The Wilbur N. Daniel
Presents... Women's History Month Women's History Month highlights the historical and contemporary contributions which women have made, and are currently making, to society. March has been designated as the month to celebrate those contributions. First African American female to become a judge in the United States. She was also the first African American female to receive a law degree from Yale University. Mary Edmonia Lewis First successful African American sculptor. Biddy Mason First African American female to own land in California. Hattie McDaniel First African American female to receive an Oscar Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). Dr. Jennifer Capeheart-Meningall First African American Vice President at APSU. Toni Morrison First African American female to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and is currently the last American to have been awarded the honor. Azie Taylor Morton First African American female whose signature appeared on U.S. currency. Constance Baker Motley First African American female to serve in the New York State Senate Michelle Obama The first African American First Lady of the United States of America. Rosa Parks “Mother” of the Civil Rights Movement. 2nd Lt. Emily Perez First female minority Cadet Command Sergeant Major in the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point. At age 23, she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in the Iraq War, the first West Point graduate of the "Class of 9/11" to die in combat, and the first female African American officer to die in combat. Condoleezza Rice First African American female appointed Secretary of State. Susan Rice First African American female United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Wilma Rudolph First African American female to win 3 gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. Alysa Stanton First African American female rabbi. Dr. Susan McKinney Steward The first African American female doctor licensed in the state of New York. Susie King Taylor First African American female to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia. Sojourner Truth Nationally known speaker on human rights for slaves and women . Alice Walker Author, poet, and activist, Alice Walker is the author of "The Color Purple." Madam C. J. Walker First African American millionaire and the first female self-made millionaire in America. Maggie Lena Walker First African American female to found and become president of a bank. The bank was St. Luke Penny Savings Bank. Serena and Venus Williams First African American doubles team to be named year-end world champion by the International Tennis Federation. Hattie Walker Wilhoite Vanessa Williams First African American selected as Miss America in 1983. Her career as a singer, actress, and producer has made her one of the most successful former Miss America winners in the field of entertainment. First African American female to graduate from APSU. Marian Anderson First African American female to perform with the NY Metropolitan Opera in 1955. Maya Angelou First poet to do an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost, first African American female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, CA in 1940s and later became the first African American female to have her screen play produced. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was the first non-fiction best-seller by an African American female. Tyra Banks First African American female on the cover of GQ magazine and Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Ida B. Wells Barnett An educator and co-founder of National Association For the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Daisy Bates Civil rights activist and the guide, mentor and advisor for the Little Rock Nine. Dr. Regina Benjamin First African American female, and the youngest person, to be elected to the American Medical Association's board of trustees. Halle Berry First African American female to win the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monster's Ball. Mary McLeod Bethune First African American female federal agency head. Founder of the Bethune-Cookman College. Barbara Brandon First African American female to lead a business unit of Wal-Mart. Rosalind G. Brewer Dr. Alexa Canady First African American female neurosurgeon in the United States. Diahann Carroll First African American actress to star in her own television series (Julia) where she did not play a domestic worker. Shirley Chisholm First African American female elected to the U.S. Congress. Alice Coachman First African American female to win an Olympic gold medal, which was in high jumping—and the only American female to win a medal—at the 1948 Olympic Games. Bessie Coleman First licensed African American pilot in the world. She received aviation instruction in France. Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler First African American female to receive a Medical Doctor degree in the United States. Teresa Deloach-Reed First African American female to serve as the Fire Chief for the Oakland, California Fire Department. Aretha Franklin Known as the "Queen of Soul," she is the first African American female, and first woman, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For APSU African American Women Spring 2013 Althea Gibson First African American female to win the U.S. Tennis Association Championship (1957) and the Wimbledon singles title (1957). First African American female in tenured professorship at Harvard Law. Leontine T. C. Kelly APSU Women Feleesha M. Johnson APSU Women Erykah Badu A Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer, activist and actress, her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, which has gained her the titles “First Lady of Neo-Soul” and the “Queen of Neo-Soul.” Dr. Patricia Bath The first African American female doctor to receive a patent for her Cataract Laserphaco Probe in 1988. Laila Ali The daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. she defeated some of the most prominent names in women's boxing and retired with a 24-0 record. Mary J. Blige A singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional rapper and actress. She is a recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, and has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in R&B, Rap, Gospel, and Pop. Roslyn Brock Current chairman of the NAACP. She is an African American civil rights leader, healthcare executive, and health activist. Marie Van Brittan Brown The inventor of the home security system. Gabby Douglas Douglas is the first female of color and the first African American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. Beyonce Knowles A singer, songwriter, designer, endorser, dancer and actress, she is one of the most powerful and influential musicians in the world. Beyonce is also the first African American female to win the ASCAP Pop Music Songwriter of the Year award. Oprah Winfrey A media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, she is one of the most influential females in the world. Diana Ross Founding member and lead singer of The Supremes during the 1960s. She was the first African American female to win a Golden Globe award for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. Sheila Johnson First African American female billionaire and one of the co-founders of BET. Jackie Joyner-Kersee Ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's heptathlon as well as in the women's long jump. She was voted by Sports Illustrated for Women as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Senator Ophelia Ford Democratic member of the Tennessee Senate for the 29th district that is located in Shelby County. Senator Thelma Harper Democratic member of the Tennessee Senate for the 19th district, which is composed of a large portion of Davidson County including the urban core of Nashville. Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover The current president of Tennessee State University. Jennifer Hudson A recording artist, actress and spokesperson. She has been on American Idol, Dreamgirls, received various awards for her performances, and is the spokesperson for Weight Watchers. Whitney Houston She was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide, and is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Houston was also an actress, producer, and model. Florence Griffith-Joyner African American track and field athlete considered the “fastest woman of all time” based on the fact that the world records set by her in 1988 for both the 100 metres and 200 metres still stand and have yet to be seriously challenged. Laurel J. Richie Current president of the WNBA. In April 2011, she was named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal. Jill Scott Scott is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, actress and poet. Since 1999, Scott has made a reputation for being a classic, thought provoking artist gained by her 2000 multi-platinum selling debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. She also established the Blues Babe Foundation to help young minority students pay for university expenses. Tina Turner She is a singer, dancer, and actress, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Turner has been called the most successful female rock artist, winning 8 Grammys and selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Patrice L. Cheatham APSU Women Makeba D. Webb Dr. Marsha C. Lyle-Gonga Dr. Moniqueka E. Gold Veronica J. Jackson Kathleen S. Evans 2013 Faculty and Staff Honorees 2013 Student Honorees APSU Students APSU Students Loretia Duncan Dr. Dwonna N. Goldstone APSU Students APSU Students APSU Students APSU Students APSU Women Shirley Tabb Charlene Merriweather Darlena Longstreet