Author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, reacts as Howard Dodson, director of the Schomburg Research Center, introduces her during a ceremony announcing the acquisition of the Maya Angelou Collection on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, in Harlem, N.Y. The collection of personal papers and materials documenting 40 years of Angelou's literary career, will be housed in the Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture and open to the public in 18 months. (AP Photo/ Bebeto Matthews) AP
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955). Photo from the Libary of Congress.
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first African American woman to represent the West Coast in the U.S. House (1973-79). (1978 photo) Dick Schmidt
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., is seen in this 1972 file photo. Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during seven terms in the House, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, a friend said. Library of Congress
(GANNETT PHOTO NETWORK) EDELMAN: Marian Wright Edelman, founder of The Children's Defense Fund and author of "Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations on Loving and Working for Children." (GNS Photo by Bill Perry) GPN
FILE--Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan smiles following her address to the United We Stand Conference in Dallas on Aug. 12, 1995. Jordan died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1996, in Austin, Texas. Jordan served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, file) AP
USA's Jackie Joyner-Kersee raises her hands in victory after running the women's heptathlon 100 meter hurdles, Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. during the 1998 Goodwill Games. Joyner-Kersee finished the race third, and is in second place after four heptathlon events. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) AP
American Nobel laureate Toni Morisson, smiles during a press conference at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2006. She will hold a sold-out lecture series at the Louvre on themes of exile, exclusion and being an outsider, talks to reporters Wednesday about her plans.(AP Photo/ Michel Euler) AP
** FILE ** Rosa Parks smiles during a Capitol Hill ceremony where Mrs. Parks was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal Tuesday, June 15, 1999, in Washington. Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday Oct. 24, 2005. She was 92. (AP Photo/ Khue Bui) AP
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITONS OF MARCH 8-10--This is an undated photo of Mary Ellen Pleasant who was known as the "Mother of Civil Rights in California." (AP Photo/State Capitol Museum, HO)
Photo for Freedom's Sisters exhibit at the Sacramento Public Library.
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2011 file photo, Oprah Winfrey listens to a reporter's question during the Discovery Communications Television Critics Association winter media tour in Pasadena, Calif. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is ending its run May 25, 2011, after 25 years, and millions of her fans around the globe are waiting to see how she will close out a show that spawned a media empire. (AP Photo/ Chris Pizzello, File) AP