Women's Herstory Month

Who We Are

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Vice President 
Kamala D. Harris

Kamala Devi Harris is an American politician and attorney serving as the 49th and current Vice President of the United States. Harris served as a United States senator from California from 2017 to 2021, and as attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017. 

First Lady 
Aleina Phillips

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Lady Aleina has served God since early childhood and has provided leadership for Women, Health Education, and Community Outreach for many years.  She was ordained into the Deaconate in 2010.  She provided leadership in the International Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows and currently serves as the 3rd Vice President of the State Ministers Wives.

First Lady Aleina's deepest passion is the service she renders in the Deaconate.  She loves the time  that it offers for studying the word, engaging with her peers, and working alongside them  to serve the congregation and the community.

Wilma Web

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Wilma J. Webb (born 1944) is an American politician who served as a member of the Colorado General Assembly from 1980 to 1993. She sponsored dozens of bills including school reform and equality initiatives. She is best known for sponsoring legislation that adopted 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a Colorado state holiday prior to it becoming the federal

Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, and for her efforts to educate youth about King's legacy

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

Judge Jackson was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Miami, Florida. Her parents attended segregated primary schools, then attended historically black colleges and universities. Both started their careers as public school teachers and became leaders and administrators in the Miami-Dade Public School System. When Judge Jackson was in preschool, her father attended law school. In a 2017 lecture, Judge Jackson traced her love of the law back to sitting next to her father in their apartment as he tackled his law school homework—reading cases and preparing for Socratic questioning—while she undertook her preschool homework—coloring books.

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Dr. Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler

 Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was born free in 1831 in Delaware, she still had to face many of the everyday struggles of not only being Black and interested in health (a career choice unpopular and believed during that time to be unfit for Negroes to perform), but she was also a woman–both two strikes against her. Crumpler was raised by her aunt in Pennsylvania. Growing up, her aunt quickly became her inspiration, as she attended to neighbors when they were sick and was compassionate in providing health care to others.

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Bessie Coleman

In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first Black woman in America to be awarded a pilot’s license. Coleman’s journey to the cockpit, however, was no breeze.

Based on her gender and color, Coleman was denied admission to all the aviation schools she applied to in the United States. To achieve her dream she saved money, learned French, and traveled to Crotoy, France, where she enrolled in a flight school.

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Katherine Johnson

Being handpicked to be one of three black students to integrate West Virginia’s graduate schools is something that many people would consider one of their life’s most notable moments, but it’s just one of several breakthroughs that have marked Katherine Johnson’s long and remarkable life. Born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in 1918, her intense curiosity and brilliance with numbers vaulted her ahead several grades in school. By 13, she was attending the high school on the campus of historically black West Virginia State College. 

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Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was born to a peasant family in Maslennikovo, Russia, in 1937.

She began work at a textile factory when she was 18, and at age 22 she made her first parachute jump under the auspices of a local aviation club.

Her enthusiasm for skydiving brought her to the attention of the Soviet space program, which sought to put a woman in space in the early 1960s as a means of achieving another “space first” before the United States. 

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Mae Carol Jemison

Mae Carol Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. The youngest of three children, her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father was a maintenance supervisor. A few years after she was born, Jemison and her family moved to Chicago, Illinois. In addition to her love for dance, Jemison knew that she wanted to study science at a very young age. Jemison grew up watching the Apollo airings on TV, but she was often upset that there were no female astronauts. However, Jemison was inspired by African American actress Nichelle Nichols who played Lieutenant Uhura on the Star Trek television show.

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Va. on April 25, 1917. Her father, William, and mother, Temperance (Tempie), parted ways shortly after her birth. Together, Tempie and Ella went to Yonkers, N.Y, where they eventually moved in with Tempie's longtime boyfriend Joseph Da Silva. Ella's half-sister, Frances, was born in 1923 and soon she began referring to Joe as her stepfather.

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Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson was born in New York City on December 18, 1924, and grew up in Harlem, New York. At the age of 18, she walked away from a typing job and began modeling. Tyson was then drawn to acting, though she had not been permitted to go to plays or movies as a child. When she got her first acting job, her religious mother, feeling that Tyson was choosing a sinful path, kicked her out of their home.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, media executive, actress and billionaire philanthropist. She’s best known for being the host of her own, wildly popular program, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2011. In 2011, Winfrey launched her own TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, Winfrey moved to Baltimore in 1976, where she hosted People Are Talking. Afterward, she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show. 

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Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix has an extraordinary roll of honours. Over 200m, she is the 2012 Olympic gold medal winner, and a two-time Olympic silver medallist and a three-time world champion – maintaining the title from 2005 through to 2009. She’s also won six Olympic gold medals as part of USA relay teams: four 4x400m titles (at Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, and two at 4x100m (London 2012 and Rio 2016). She’s the only female track star to win seven golds.

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