Famous Black Women In History

    black women

  • (black woman) a woman who is Black
  • The term black people usually refers to a racial group of humans with skin colors that range from light brown to nearly black. According to a recent scientific study, human skin color diversity is highest in sub-Saharan African populations.
  • hotter than white women (see also brunettes and blondes).


  • the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings; “he teaches Medieval history”; “history takes the long view”
  • The study of past events, particularly in human affairs
  • The past considered as a whole
  • The whole series of past events connected with someone or something
  • a record or narrative description of past events; “a history of France”; “he gave an inaccurate account of the plot to kill the president”; “the story of exposure to lead”
  • the aggregate of past events; “a critical time in the school’s history”


  • Known about by many people
  • celebrated: widely known and esteemed; “a famous actor”; “a celebrated musician”; “a famed scientist”; “an illustrious judge”; “a notable historian”; “a renowned painter”
  • (famously) excellently: extremely well; “he did splendidly in the exam”; “we got along famously”
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famous black women in history

famous black women in history – Black Women

Black Women Scientists in the United States (Race, Gender, and Science)
Black Women Scientists in the United States (Race, Gender, and Science)
“There is very little reference material on black scientists in the US and even less that includes black women scientists. This book fills a void… ” —Choice
“… a valuable new survey of a social group almost universally neglected by chroniclers of American culture… [an] admirable book… ” —San Francisco Examiner
“… an illuminating collection of more than 100 profiles… ” —Publishers Weekly
This pathbreaking book goes beyond the lip-service traditionally paid to Black women scientists and illuminates their scientific contributions, struggles, strategies, and triumphs. Drawn heavily from primary sources, Warren’s original reference guide includes biographies of more than 100 Black women scientists in fields from anatomy and mathematics to psychology and zoology.

Black Rock Cottlage, Glencoe – Scotland

Black Rock Cottlage, Glencoe - Scotland
The Glen of weeping , Clencoe, Scotland. Probably the most famous glen in Scotland and the cottage at the front is probably the most photographed cottage in the United Kingdom. The hill to the back and right of the cottage is Buachaille Etive Mor which is a Munro. This is the view that greets you as you tramp the West Highland way from the Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe. Black Rock Cottage belongs to the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club and sits at the side of the road near the White Corries Ski lift. You can hire it if you are a climbing club. The walk from Bridge of Orchy , is now part of the West Highland Way, which passes through the top end of Glencoe before climbing over the Devil’s Staircase to Kinlochleven. The valley is of course the setting of one of the most infamous murders in Scottish history, the Massacre of Glencoe. In 1688 William Prince of Orange accepted the offer of the throne of England, He was delighted with English help on his War against France. James VII of Scotland and II of England had been ousted from the throne and his arrogant response persuaded the Scottish Parliament to accept William. On this James Graham 1st Viscount of Dundee led Scottish Highlanders in the Jacobite uprising to secure the throne back to the Stuart dynasty. Graham was killed at the Battle of Killiecrankie. On the 13th of February 1692 a company of the Earl of Argylls Regiment of Foot under the command of Captain Robert Campbell , had been given hospitality by the MacDonald’s as in Highland tradition. During the night they arose and began massacring the MacDonald’s. The massacre began simultaneously in three separate settlements, namely Invercoe, Inverrigan and Achacon. But killing took place all over the glen as fleeing Macdonalds were pursued. In all 38 MacDonalds were murdered by the guests and 40 woman and children died from exposure. Below is a copy of the orders that had been issued to Captain Campbell…

You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the McDonalds of Glenco, and put all to the sword under seventy. You are to have a special care that the old Fox and his sons doe upon no account escape your hands, you are to secure all the avenues that no man escape. This you are to putt in execution at fyve of the clock precisely; and by that time, or very shortly after it, I’ll strive to be att you with a stronger party: if I doe not come to you att fyve, you are not to tarry for me, but to fall on. This is by the Kings speciall command, for the good & safety of the Country, that these miscreants be cutt off root and branch. See that this be putt in execution without feud or favour, else you may expect to be dealt with as one not true to King nor Government, nor a man fitt to carry Commissione in the Kings service. Expecting you will not faill in the fulfilling hereof, as you love your selfe, I subscribe these with my hand att Balicholis Feb: 12, 1692
(signed) R. Duncanson
For their Majesties service
To Capt. Robert Campbell
of Glenlyon

Black History Month Display Mills College Library

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famous black women in history

Mary Seacole: The Most Famous Black Woman of the Victorian Age
She was a black woman, and she flouted convention. In an age that put ladies in the parlor and preferred them to be seen and not heard, she was nursing the British wounded, not in hospital wards with Florence Nightingale but on the Crimean battlefields—and off them, she was running a restaurant and hotel. She purveyed homemade pickles in England; she mined for gold in Panama. For unabashed individuality, Mary Jane Grant Seacole knew no peer. Yet Punch, the Times, the Illustrated London News all ardently touted her, and Queen Victoria herself entertained her. Mary Seacole—childless widow of Horatio Nelson’s godson and “good ole Mother Seacole” to the soldiers at Sebastopol—was Britain’s first black heroine, and this robust, engaging biography by social historian Jane Robinson shows why. In a narrative driven by colorful adventure, Robinson charts Seacole’s amazing odyssey from her native Kingston, Jamaica, to her adopted London, via Panama, where she lent her doctoring and nursing skills to catastrophic outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever, and the Crimea, where she founded the famous British Hotel. Seacole makes numerous other eventful stops along the way, and everywhere, even in the face of disappointment, disaster, and loss, her indomitable spirit prevails.