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African American Women's Firsts: Part Two (Photo Gallery)

The MAKERS mission is to assemble the largest collection of women's stories ever. During Black History Month, we take a look at the unknown stories of African American women and the incredible firsts these women were able to accomplish despite the persecution, segregation and racism they faced.

Part two of our photo gallery begins in the mid-20th century with a trailblazer who served in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet" and ends in 1983 with a new face of Miss America.

Take a look at these remarkable African American women's firsts.