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Spingarn Medal Winners

The Spingarn Medal, for the highest achievement by a black American, is awarded each year by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  • Barbara Charline Jordan (born 1936, died 1996)

    American lawyer, legislator and professor. The first African-American woman elected to Congress by a Southern state.

    • 1992 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Daisy Bates (born 1922)

    American civil-rights leader who was instrumental in integrating Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

    • 1958 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Dorothy Irene Height (born 1912)

    American civil-rights leader. President of the National Council of Negro Women.

    • 1993 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Mabel Keaton Staupers (born 1890, died 1989)

    American nurse.

    • 1951 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Marian Anderson (born 1902, died 1993)

    American singer. First African-American member of the Metropolitan Opera Company (1955). Performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

    • 1939 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Mary McLeod Bethune (born 1875, died 1955)

    American educator. Daughter of former slaves who founded a college for black women and led the National Council of Negro Women.

    • 1935 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Maya Angelou (born 1928)

    American poet, essayist and autobiographer. Original name: Marguerite Johnson.

    • 1994 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Rosa L. Parks (born 1913)

    American civil-rights leader.

    • 1979 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Lena Horne (born 1917)

    American singer and actress.

    • 1983 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Oprah Winfrey (born 1953)

    American actress and television personality.

    • 2000 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Leontyne Price (born 1927)

    American opera singer.

    • 1965 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Mary B. Talbert
    • 1922 Spingarn Medal winner
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams (born 1933)

    Civil rights leader

    • 1998 Spingarn Medal winner

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