Crusader staff report
Remember Oprah Winfrey’s splashy Legends Ball in 2005, where she serenaded and splurged on many of America’s Black female achievers?
It was a grand affair where Oprah vowed to honor Black female icons while their still alive rather than when their gone. Black women across the country are making history in politics, business, entertainment and media. But the Legends Ball recognized the achievements of women of color who were ahead of their time as they paved the way for future generations of successful women.
Sixteen years later, a chunk of Oprah’s esteemed guest list have died, the latest being the indisputable Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who succumb to cancer on Thursday, August 16.
These are the other Black icons and guests of Oprah’s Legends Ball who have left us.
Elizabeth Catlett – Sculptor and Graphic Artist
Ruby Dee – Actress and Civil Rights Activist
Katherine Dunham – Dancer, Choreographer
Aretha Franklin – Singer, Civil Rights Activist
Dorothy Height – Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Activist
Lena Horne – Singer, Dancer, Actress, Activist
Coretta Scott King – Activist, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rosa Parks – Civil Rights Activist
Della Reese – Singer, Actress, Minister
Naomi Sims – Model, Businesswoman, Author
Natalie Cole – Singer