PTX Diverse Honors Black History Month

February is Black History Month.

Princeton TX Diverse would like to honor this Black History Month by acknowledging those that are not often thought of when learning/teaching about Black history.
But, these individuals made important impacts that we should acknowledge and appreciate today.

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Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress, in 1968 and was the first Black presidential nominee (for a major party) “Unbought & Unbossed” Shirley Chisholm is a great part of our American history.
Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics
Jesse Owens went to the 1936 Olympics (despite resistance at home & abroad) and humiliated Hitler and his concept of “Aryan supremacy” through his tremendous skill – breaking 4 world records & winning 4 gold metals!
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Jane Bolin was -The first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School (1931) -The first black woman to join the NYC Bar (1932) -The first black woman to become a judge in the United States (1939) -An activist for women, children, education, and POC

 

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Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. AND the first female self-made 💰millionaire💰 in America selling cosmetics and hair care products! 💅 $$$ You can listen to learn more about this #bossbitch http://thehistorychicks.com/episode-67-madam-cj-walker/ Aaaaaand there’s a show #SelfMade on Netflix about her too!

 

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Mae Jemison was the first black woman to travel into space – in 1992, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Not only is she an astronaut, but she’s also an engineer, a physician, & fighting for space exploration.
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Henrietta Lacks suffered from cervical cancer. But upon review of her cell samples (which were taken without her knowledge or permission), they duplicated where others’ cells died. Her (HeLa) cells have been used for almost 11,000 medical patents & have helped cure many diseases. Mrs. Lacks never learned of her contribution to medical history, but her family has finally recently begun to receive the knowledge and recognition of their mother (etc)’s impact.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler: First African American Female Physician - Owlcation - Education
What do you know about Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first female, African American physician in the United States?!?! (1864) And she wrote a medical book with the focus of the book on the care of mothers & children. Despite intense racism & sexism, Dr. Crumpler continued to serve her community and those in need.

 

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On February 23rd, 1955, a white woman made up a lie about a 14-year old boy, and he was tortured, shot, mutilated & thrown in the river for it . Many of us know the story of Emmett Till. Many of us know his mother asked for an open casket funeral so the world could see what was done to her son….. what was being done to the black community. We also know that the white men that did this were found innocent of his murder by an all-white, all-male jury. But did you know ~50 years later, his accuser admitted she lied?! On this day, in 2007, Mississippi decided not to press any charges against her or anyone else for the murder of 14-year old Emmett. Watch the free PBS documentary at https://www.pbs.org/video/the-murder-of-emmett-till-j6dpye/

 

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Thurgood Marshall, where to begin?! * The first black Supreme Court Justice * Civil Rights Activist who participated in sit-ins for civil rights * Lawyer (who argued in Brown v Board of Education) * NAACP member & staff member “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”
Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Post-slavery, many former slaves found security in Indian Territory. In Tulsa, OK the Greenwood District became known as Black Wall Street, due to the community investment and affluency of the area comprising of over 10,000 people. In 1921, after an accusation of sexual assault against a black man by a white woman resulted in the Tulsa Massacre, in which the KKK, amongst others, killed hundreds and left thousands homeless through arson. There was a cover-up of the massacre in the news for 50 years.
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A community organization founded on neighborhood safety watches, providing assistance with housing, daycare, and food, & activism for civil rights. Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton founded the Black Panthers to help the Black community where the American system was failing. ✊🏿 You can listen & learn more fact-based information about them here: https://www.iheart.com/…/the-black-panther-party-29467333/
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Phillis Wheatley Should you, my lord, while you peruse my song, Wonder from whence my love of Freedom sprung, Whence flow these wishes for the common good, By feeling hearts alone best understood, I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate Was snatch’d from Afric’s fancy’d happy seat: What pangs excruciating must molest, What sorrows labour in my parent’s breast? Steel’d was that soul and by no misery mov’d That from a father seiz’d his babe belov’d: Such, such my case. And can I then but pray Others may never feel tyrannic sway? 📜 Phillis Wheatley was the 1st published African American, and the 2nd woman.
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No one could cook like Zephyr Wright for President Lyndon B Johnson. She knew that southern soul food and gained unprecedented recognition $$$ for her skills. All the while showing the president how difficult it was to travel while black, dine while black, and generally exist in America before, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement. That exposure helped show LBJ & Lady Bird Johnson the need for equal rights. Thank goodness for our southern food! You can learn more here: http://thehistorychicks.com/episode-151-zephyr-wright/

 

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We are clear that all lives matter, but we live in a world where that’s not actually happening in practice. So if we want to get to the place where all lives matter, then we have to make sure that black lives matter, too. – Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza

 

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Langston Hughes: Let America be America again Let it be the dream it used to be Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free (America never was America to me)… O let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath But opportunity is real & life is free Equality is in the air we breathe (There’s never been equality for me Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free”) Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark? And who are you that draws your veil across the stars? I am the poor white, fooled & pushed apart I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars I am the red man driven from the land I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek & finding only the same old stupid plan Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak I am the young man, full of strength & hope Tangled in that ancient endless chain Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land! Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need! Of work the men! Of take the pay! Of owning everything for one’s own greed! I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil I am the worker sold to the machine I am the Negro, servant to you all I am the people, humble, hungry, mean Hungry yet today despite the dream Beaten yet today O Pioneers! I am the man who never got ahead The poorest worker bartered through the years Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream In the Old World while still a serf of kings… For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore & Poland’s plain & England’s grassy lea & torn from Black Africa’s strand I came To build a “homeland of the free” The free? Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me?… For all the dreams we’ve dreamed & all the songs we’ve sung & all the hopes we’ve held & all the flags we’ve hung The millions who have nothing for our pay Except the dream that’s almost dead today O let America be America again The land that never has been yet & yet must be the land where every man is free The land that’s mine, the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME Who made America Whose sweat & blood, whose faith & pain Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain Must bring back our mighty dream again

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