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Timeline 1970-1979

African American History and Women Timeline

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Women and African American History: 1970-1979

1970

• Cheryl Adrienne Brown, Miss New York, became the first African American contestant in the Miss America pageant

• (August 7) Angela Davis, radical black activist and philosopher, was arrested as a suspected conspirator in the abortive attempt to free George Jackson from a courtroom in Marin County, California

1971

• (January 11) Mary J. Blige born (singer)

1972

• Mahalia Jackson died (gospel singer)

Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman candidate for President, with more than 150 delegate votes at the 1972 Democratic convention

Barbara Jordan elected to Congress, the first African American woman from a southern state to be elected to the House

1973

1974

1975

• Mary Bush Wilson becomes first African American woman board chair of the NAACP (the first chair, Mary White Ovington, was a white woman)

1976

Barbara Jordan was the first woman and the first African American to give the keynote addres at a national convention of the Democratic Party

1977

• first African American woman ordained as an Episcopal priest: Pauli Murray

1978

Faye Wattleton became president of the Planned Parenthood Federation -- the first woman and the first African American to hold that position

• (June 28) in University of California v. Backke, Supreme Court limits federal affirmative action

1979

• Hazel Winifred Johnson became the first African American woman appointed as a general

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