7 Facts About Black Women Who Shaped History

In celebration of Black Women's History Month, discover another side of iconic black women.

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Astronaut Mae Jemison is acrophobic.

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Maya Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday after MLK was assassinated.

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Valerie Thomas developed the first 3D optical illusion device.

Marjorie Joyner invented the Permanent Waving Machine.

Ella Baker is considered the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Ida B. Wells, who led the campaign against lynching, was born enslaved in 1862.

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Henrietta Lacks unknowingly led a medical revolution.

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