05 may 08

Phillis Wheatley (08 may 1753 – 05 dec 1784 | Gambia or Senegal, Africa – Boston MA) poet, letter correspondent, first female African-American published author

Ella Elvira Gibson (08 may 1821 – 08 mar 1901 | Winchendon MA – Barre MA) poet, editor, educator, essayist, Freethinker, pamphleteer, ordained minister, first female US Army chaplain

Augusta Jane Evans Wilson  (08 may 1835 – 09 may 1909 | Columbus GA – Mobile AL) author, novelist, Southern literature pioneer

Mary Alice Bird Babb (08 may 1850 – 21 nov 1926 | Mount Pleasant IA – Aurora IL) women’s education activist, founding member Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)

Georgia Lydia Stevens (08 may 1870 – 28 mar 1946 | Boston MA – Albany NY) author, musician, religious sister, sacred music composer

Mary Edna Tobias Marcy (08 may 1877 – 08 dec 1922 | Belleville IL – Bowmanville IL) poet, author, Socialist, pamphleteer, magazine editor

Sybil Brand (08 may 1899 – 17 feb 2004 | Chicago IL – Beverly Hills CA) civic leader, social activist, philanthropist, women’s prison reformer

Dorothy Mackaye (08 may 1899 – 05 jan 1940 | Denver CO – Los Angeles CA) actress, playwright, auto accident victim

Sylvia Sleigh (08 may 1906 – 24 oct 2010 | Llandudno, Wales – New York NY) Welsh-born American realist painter, visual artist

Mary Lou Williams (08 may 1910 – 28 may 1981 | Atlanta GA – Durham NC) jazz pianist / composer / arranger

Carmen Sylvia Mathews (08 may 1911 – 31 aug 1995 | Philadelphia PA – Redding CT) actress, philanthropist, environmentalist, land preservationist

Charlotte Hughes Johnston Bruner (08 may 1917 – 04 dec 1999 | Urbana IL – Ames IA) author, professor, translator, African women’s literature specialist

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