Member Highlight (Honorary Members)

The Honorable Regina Ashford Barrow​

Senator, Louisiana State Senate​

Rhona Bennett

Singer/Songwrite, Actress, Author & Life Coach

Dr. Laurie Jean Carter

Educator, Author, Army Veteran & Activist​

Edna Cummings

Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Army Reserve Ambassador

Elaine Clarke Doar

Community Activist​

Jericka Duncan

CBS News Correspondent
and Anchor

Linda Spradley Dunn

CEO/Founder of Media Company​

The Honorable Donna Edwards

Former U.S. Congresswoman & Political Contributor

Evelyn J. Fields

Retired Rear Admiral, NOAA

Vivica A. Fox

Award-winning Actress, Producer, Author & Entrepreneur

Anita F. Hill, Esq.

Attorney, Academician, Champion of Women’s Rights & Author​

Lucy Anne Hurston​

Acclaimed Sociologist, Author, Academician & Ethnographer ​

Cynthia James

Award-winning Author, Coach & Motivational Speaker

Dionne James

Cosmetologist, Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Natural Hair Extraordinaire

Jennifer Joseph

Educator, Author, Army Veteran & Activist​

Chaka Khan

GRAMMY® Award-winning Music Icon, Author, Entrepreneur & Activist

Wynona Kidd​

Daughter of Founder Viola Tyler Goings & Community Volunteer​

Angel McCoughtry

Professional Basketball Player (WNBA), Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Entrepreneur

Nicki Micheaux

Actress, Director/Producer, Community Advocate & Filmmaker​

Ann Nesby

Grammy Award winning R&B, gospel and dance music singer and actress

Elizabeth Omilami

Activist, Entrepreneur, Actress & Philanthropist​

Archbishop Dr. Mary Floyd Palmer​

Founder/CEO, Motivational Speaker, Gifted Vocalist/Musician & Award-winning Radio Show Host

Chrisette Michele (Payne)

Grammy Award winning R&B, soul and gospel singer, musician, actress and songwriter

Tina Rodriguez

Singer/Songwrite, Actress, Author & Life Coach

Melinda Santiago

Serial Entrepreneur, Author and Film Producer

Dr. Linda L. Singh

Major General (Retired)​

CEO/Founder, Author, Motivational Speaker, Trainer & Executive Coach

Dr. Marlena Smalls​

Actress, Acclaimed Vocalist,
Motivational Speaker,
Historian & Educator

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib

U.S. Representative, Michigan's 12th congressional District

Debra Vines

CEO, Autism/Special Needs Advocate, Radio Host and Motivational Speaker

Dionne Warwick

GRAMMY® Award-winning Music Icon

Anita Wilson

Music Executive, Artist and Songwriter

Roslyn Young Daniels

President and Founder of Black Health Matters (BHM)

Triumphant Honorary Members

NameYear Inducted City (Region)Life Work
Aggrey, Rose D.1961Salisbury, NC (Eastern)Community leader, teacher
Anderson, Pearl C.1957Dallas, TX (Southern)Philanthropist
Benge, Willa1978Spring, TX (Southern)National director, community affairs, Miller Brewing Co.
Blount, Mildred1948Los Angeles, CA (Pacific)Hollywood hat designer
Cary, Alice Dugged1926Atlanta, GA (Southeastern)Second president of Morris Brown College, 1886-87
Carson, Julia, Honorable1976Indianapolis, IN (Great Lakes)Fourteen years in Indiana Senate; ten years in US Congress
Davis, Ellabelle1948New Rochelle, NY (Atlantic)International concert singer
Delaney, Sadie P.1955Tuskegee, AL (South Central)Chief librarian of Veterans Hospital in Tuskegee
DuBois, Ja’Net1993Los Angeles, CA (Pacific)Actress, singer
Dwyer, Florence P., Honorable1957Union County, NJ (Atlantic)US Congresswoman, New Jersey
Edwards, Frances1950Oklahoma City, OK (Midwestern)Civic and community worker
Elkins, Deborah, PhD1956Flushing, NY (Atlantic)Professor of education, Queens College of City University, NY
Evanti, Madame Lillian1926Washington, DC (Eastern)First African American lyric soprano grand opera singer
Fountain, Julia A.1939Atlanta, GA (Southeastern)Platform speaker, social worker
Gilmer, Dixie Brooks1934Chicago, IL (Great Lakes)Lecturer, social worker
Greenwood, Mary O.1978Houston, TX (Southern)March of Dimes National Board
Hamilton, Julia West1938Washington, DC (Eastern)Speaker, community volunteer
Hayford, Adelaide Casey1934Sierra Leone, Africa (Atlantic)Founder, Girls’ School of Vocation in Sierra Leone
Jackson, Abbie Clement1952Louisville, KY (Great Lakes)Laywoman in the AME Church
Johnson, Margaret R.1926Richmond, VA (Eastern)Educational leader
Keyserling, Mary1970Washington, DC (Eastern)Head of Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labor
King, Mme. Cecelia1949Liberia, Africa (Atlantic)Wife of Liberian Ambassador to the US
Koontz, Elizabeth Duncan, PhD1965Raleigh, NC (Eastern)First black president of the NEA
Malone, Annie Turnbo Pope1926Chicago, IL (Great Lakes)Founded Poro College of Beauty Culture in St. Louis, MO
McLean, Mary Cannon1960Springfield, MA (Atlantic)First black teacher of special education in Springfield schools
Napier, Nettie L.1928Washington, DC (Eastern)Community worker; wife of J. C. Napier, registrar, US Treasury
Richards, Beah2000Los Angeles, CA (Pacific)Actress
Riperton, Minnie1974Altadena, CA (Pacific)R&B/Soul singer-songwriter
Rolle, Esther1978Los Angeles, CA (Pacific)Movie and television celebrity
Rumph, Myrtle Faye2000Inglewood, CA (Pacific)Founder, Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center; actress
Ruthenburg, Dorcas1954Louisville, KY (Great Lakes)Poet; first white Honorary Zeta
Sampson, Edith1952Chicago, IL (Great Lakes)First black female judge in Chicago’s Municipal Court
Sellars, Louise E. Roy1974White Plains, NY (Atlantic)March of Dimes youth activities director
Simango, Kathleen Easmon1920Sierra Leone, Africa (Atlantic)Artist; educational pioneer in Africa
Simpson, Barbara W.(unknown)
Spriggs, Barbara Ann Webb1952Houston, TX (Southern)Concert singer; role in Porgy and Bess
Stewart, Sallie Wyatt1934Evansville, IN (Great Lakes)Teacher, community organizer, black women’s club leader
Taba, Hilda1959San Francisco, CA (Pacific)Professor, San Francisco State University
Taylor, Dorothy Mae1976New Orleans, LA (Southern)First black female Louisiana legislator
Torrance, Jackie1984Salisbury, NC (Eastern)African American storyteller
Townsend, Mamie Harrington1986Indianapolis, IN (Great Lakes)Founded Auntie Mame’s Child Development Centers
Tubman, Mme. Antoinette1952Monrovia, Liberia, Africa (Atlantic)Liberian representative to UN; wife of the president of Liberia
Vaughan, Sarah1976Los Angeles, CA (Pacific)Legendary jazz singer, pianist
Walker, Maggie Lena1926Richmond, VA (Eastern)First black, female founder and president of a bank
Whickam, Katie Ethel1950Washington, DC (Eastern)Owner, Katie’s School of Beauty Culture and Barbering
Whitelaw, Elaine1976New York, NY (Atlantic)March of Dimes vice president, director of community services
Wilen, Charlotte1976Atlanta, GA (Southeastern)March of Dimes BIB (Better Infant Births) program director
Williams, Freddye H.1986Oklahoma City, OK (Midwestern)Equal rights advocate; served five terms in the state legislature
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