Fannie Barrier Williams teaches us the power of one individual’s impact on societal change. She used her national platform to be a vocal critic against systemic racism and discrimination. She stood up and spoke out for what she believed to be right for humanity. We honor her work and recover it, because conventional historical narratives have not emphasized the contributions she and others like her have made to define and improve on the trials and tribulations of this marginalized population. It is critical that the legacy of Williams and her counterparts such as Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and Francis Harper are remembered, because by studying them we gain a deep appreciation for their commitment, dedication and scholarship. By recovering these influential women’s scholarships, future generations of students and scholars alike will be inspired and motivated to be advocates for social and racial justice throughout the world.