Today marks the official end of Black History Month and let me tell you, this has been really interesting this time around. While initially it seemed as if we only had the same heroes to celebrate and same stories to tell, I pushed myself to find content that was fairly new or rarely talked about.… Read More Day 28- So Now What?
The day really got away from me and I was heckled for trying to research and draft my post while at a gathering. Thanks Shavell! 😁 But I will not let you or myself down because I said I would bring it for the entire month. Welcome to Day 24 and the story of a… Read More Day 24 – Phillip A. Payton: The Father of Harlem
Today’s black history post has to do with a different kind of “passing”. Welcome to Day 23! Born a male in the 50’s, transitioned into a woman during the 70’s, and became a successful model until being outed during a photo shoot in 1980, bringing her career to a halt. Tracy Gayle Norman was born a… Read More Day 23 – Tracy Norman, First Black Transgender Model
Let me say again how much I am enjoying these discoveries of some of the lesser known black men and women that should be acknowledged and celebrated and today I came across yet another who may be familiar to some, but new to me. Before Pam Grier, Halle Berry or or other curvaceous Beyonce’, there was… Read More Day 20 – The Black Marilyn Monroe
If you relied solely on what is being taught in schools about Black history or what you can easily find on the internet, you would think Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Smalls were the only “significant” escaped slaves. Everyone who escaped and survived is significant but there was one who had an interesting story… Read More Day 19: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins
What comes to mind when you hear about the Black Panthers? Do you envision Afros, all black, leather jackets and berets, gangsters, intimidation, black power, radicalism, rifle toting men and women, violence, extremist, OR or do you think about what the intended mission was for this revolutionary party and consider why the government was determined… Read More Day 13 – Too Black, Too Strong and Most Often, Misunderstood – The Black Panther Party
While narrowing down the topics for today’s post I realized something rather disturbing about black history. After pages and pages of internet browsing I found a common theme – We (people writing, sharing and celebrating our history) seem to be stuck in time. While black men and women made great contributions to American society throughout… Read More Day 12 – Can We Celebrate the Modern Heroes As Well?
So life got a little busy today but I didn’t forget so here’s a little video that captures so much history in under 10 minutes.
Before Anita Hill, Carmita Woods, Mechelle Vinson or other women part of the #METOO movement sharing their experiences of sexual harassment, there was former slave, abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs. Welcome to Day 8. Harriet Ann Jacobs was the first woman to author a slave narrative called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by… Read More Day 8 – Seven Years a Slave (Hiding Under a Porch)
It is well-understood that children are very impressionable so if you want a message to stay in their young minds, what better way is there other than to put the message in a cartoon – especially if they are racist messages. Welcome to Day 7 and the topic of the racist cartoons that led to… Read More Day 7- Teaching Racism Through Cartoons