Pioneering business leader, Kentuckian politician, and civil rights activist who broke ground for both women and and African Americans.
From a segregated education, she became a successful life insurance agent, served aboard in the Red Cross, and open up her own line of cosmetics.
In Louisville, Kentucky, she founded the Louisville Urban League Guild, and then joined the House of Representatives, co-sponsoring legislation to make Martin Luther King Jr. birthday a national holiday.
She was born in Millersburg, Kentucky to a black mother, and a white father who refused to acknowledge her existence.
She worked with Coretta Scott King, MLK's widow, to dedicate a national day for the civil rights hero, and earned the Unsung Heroine Award from the NAACP.