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Halle Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 'Monster's Ball,' becoming the first African-American woman to win the honor. She has starred in films including 'Swordfish,' 'Die Another Day,' 'Gothika,' the 'X-Men' film franchise and 'Kidnap.'
In a rousing #MeToo Golden Globes’ lifetime achievement award acceptance speech, Oprah Winfrey tipped her hat to the free press and women who have been abused by men in power, suggesting that “speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.”
Amelia Boynton Robinson was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans. She was brutally beaten for helping to lead a 1965 civil rights march, which became known as Bloody Sunday and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement. She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.