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Aretha Franklin, Toni Morrison, more to enter Women's Hall of Fame

From Staff Reports
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The National Women’s Hall of Fame will host virtual inductions to honor women who died before the organization was established or before they could be inducted, or were overlooked in their lifetime. 

NWHF researchers noted the lack of diversity within the nomination pool, specifically of Black women and other women of color. The goal is to host frequent virtual inductions of diverse groups of women who deserve recognition.

Six Black women will be honored Dec. 10:

  • Singer and activist Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)
  • Adventurer, nurse and climate activist Barbara Hillary (1931-2019)
  • Medical research revolutionizer Henrietta Lacks (1920-51)
  • Author Toni Morrison (1931-2019)
  • Activist and librarian Barbara Rose Johns Powell (1935-91)
  • Suffragist and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954)

Author, activist and scholar Angela Davis, who joined the Hall of Fame in 2019, will speak during the ceremony, as will Deborah Turner, OB-GYN and president of the League of Women Voters. Turner was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2013.

“America’s Got Talent” semifinalist Amanda Mena will perform. 

The free ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Donations are accepted and encouraged. Visit womenofthehall.org to register.

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