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IHA Celebrates Black Women Making History

The exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of February.

From left to right in the first photo are Magdaly Pierre-Louis’23, Christina-Ann Augustin’23, Ariana Chen’23, and Christine Ajao’21, IHA Black Culture Club president. Additional members of the club, which is moderated by Ms. Shemayne Williams, who helped with the display include Gianna Joshua’23, Bryanna Pollard’21, Brookelyn Talmadge’23, Sanaiya Villanueva’22, Kevynne Callwood’21, Grace Capeless’22, Raquel Davis’21, and Kahlia Content’23.

“We choose the theme of ‘Black Woman Making History’ since it is such a historic year for Black women with the first-ever Black Vice President,” Christine explained. “We wanted to highlight strong Black women in all fields.”

The featured women include Kamala Harris, the first female Vice President of the United States and the first African American and South Asian Vice President of the United States; Janice Huff, meteorologist on WNBC in NYC; Bianca Smith, minor league coach for the Boston Red Sox organization and first Black woman to coach in professional baseball history; Viola Davis, actress/producer and first African American to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting;" Lupita Nyong'o, Kenyan-Mexican actress; Jordan Casteel, figurative painter/artist; Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, viral immunologist and scientific lead of the Vaccine Research Center Coronavirus Team; Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and National Youth Poet Laureate; Misty Copeland, ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre and first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history; and Dr. Mae Jemison, physician and the first African American female astronaut for NASA.