Famous Mothers of Black History

Source: Mom’s Choice Awards

Mom’s Choice Awards

‘Cause I’m A Woman… Enjoli – Retroist

In our current times, due to social media, we all know when most women become mothers. This is from famous moms to friends and acquaintances. Looking at our history, we did not always know who had children unless they caught a photo or after they pass away you may see their children. Here are some famous mothers from our history.

HARRIET TUBMAN– Tubman risked her life to free 70 slaves, including her own friends and family. Harriet Tubman married war veteran Nelson Davis. The two adopted a daughter in 1874 and named her Gertie. 

SOJOURNER TRUTH- A French entertainer born in America, Josephine Baker was both an agent for the French Resistance and a civil rights activist. While working with the Civil Rights Movements, Baker began to adopt children of varying ethnicities and backgrounds, dubbing her melting pot family “The Rainbow Tribe.” In all, she had 12 children – 2 girls and 10 boys.

MAYA ANGELOU- A poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou’s works are often considered integral to the African American literary canon. Angelou had one son, Clyde, in 1945 at the age of seventeen. Clyde later went on to change his name to Guy Johnson, and Angelou’s legacy continued with one grandson and two great-grandchildren.

KATHERINE JOHNSON- Katherine Johnson was an African American mathematician whose work with NASA and calculations surrounding orbital mechanics was imperative for the success of America’s crewed spaceflights. Johnson had 3 children with her first husband, James Francis Goble: Katherine, Constance, and Joylette. Johnson went on to have 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and encouraged them to work in science and technology. 

MICHELLE OBAMA- Renowned attorney and the first African American first lady. Michelle and Barrack Obama have two daughters, Malia and Sasha. 

These women show that they raised children and they lead others to freedom, entertained the world, fought for civil rights, used their math skills to help crewed spaceflights, and was the first lady of the United States of America.

It goes without saying, Black women are resilient, strong, beautiful, and capable of doing what needs to be done to keep their families moving forward. 

“I can bring home the bacon.


Fry it up in a pan.

And never let you forget you’re a man.

‘Cuz I’m a woman.


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