Notable Black Women Who Have Shaped American History

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  • Rihaqnna
  • Suzanne F. Shank
  • Ntozake Shange
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Maya Angelou
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Tracy Reese
  • Black Women Rock
  • Michelle Obama
  • Beyoncé
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Isis King
  • Oprah Winfrey

Ntozake Shange

Self-proclaimed feminist and playwright Ntozake Shange is most famous for her play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1975). It was adapted into a book in 1977 and Tyler Perry adapted the play into a film in 2010. Shange’s various works have been published in magazines and anthologies and have garnered several awards.

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