Lucy Diggs Slowe, dean of Howard University, tennis champion and gay lady not afraid of pearl necklaces.
Expansion: First dean of women at Howard University (starting in 1922, and presided until her death in 1937); created the first junior high school in Washington, DC in 1919; first black woman to win a major sports title (the American Tennis Association’s first tournament in 1917), and won 16 other tennis titles beyond that; earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1915; founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority in 1908… and, while serving as Howard University’s Dean of Women, lived with playwright Mary P. Burrill (“Mamie” Burrill) for 15 years on Kearney St. NE in Washington, DC. Bam!
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Mourning Stormé DeLarverie, a mother of the Stonewall Riots
Audre Lorde on the Fourth of July.
"Sexuality need not be the focus of the stories written about either of these women; their accomplishments took place outside of their bedrooms. But sexuality is part of who they are — who we all are — it’s an important part of the story, and it matters how that story is told."—Rosamond S. King, Ph.D., in “Lesbians and Their Husbands”