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Diane Abbott: 1st Black Woman Elected To British Parliament

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In 1987 Diane Abbott (1953 – ) became the first Black woman elected to British Parliament in the United Kingdom. Abbott is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant were also elected to Parliament with Abbott, making them the first black men to be elected to British Parliament.

Abbott was first elected to Westminster City Council in 1982. Her first parliament election bid in 1985 was unsuccessful. In the British Parliament, Abbott is known as a fiery politician who is especially outspoken on the subject of race and racism. She is a member of the left leaning Labor Political Party.

Abbott is known for her community involvement. In the 90’s she founded the organization, “Black Women Mean Business.” to support and empower black business women.  Abbott also also worked to expand educational opportunities for black children in London. Additionally, Abbott has been active in the “Scrap Sus” campaign to end police profiling of black youth during stop and search patrols.

Abbott was previously married to David Thompson from 1991-1993. They have one son, James Abbott Thompson.

Sources:

http://www.blackpast.org/gah/abbott-diane-1953

http://www.dianeabbott.org.uk/about.aspx

James Baldwin Quote

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A child cannot be taught by anyone that despises him.”

-James Baldwin

Bree Newsome Keeping It 100!

Black History: Special Delivery!! Bree Newsome treated some REAL truth! Had to share! It costs less to educate than it does to incarcerate!

Queens!!

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The black women in this slide show are TRUE ROYALTY!  They should inspire us all!  They are diverse in their pursuits and chosen paths.  If you don’t know who they are…….It’s time to do some research and learn about their accomplishments!  

Burl Toler: 1st African American NFL Official

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Bud Toler (1928-2009) 1st African American NFL Official

 

Burl Toler (1928-2009) takes his place in history as the very first African American official in the National Football League (NFL).  Toler is also known for his career as a college football player at the University of San Francisco.  The team was undefeated and untied in 1951 but was denied a bowl game because of their refusal to leave two African American players behind, Burl Toler and Ollie Matson.  Toler later became a 9th round draft pick for the Cleveland Browns but never played a game for the team due to a knee injury he sustained in a college game.

Toler began officiating for the NFL in 1965; making him the first African American official in a major American professional team sport.  Toler’s career spanned 25 years as a head linesman and field judge in the NFL.  He was also the first African American official to work in a Super Bowl Game.  Toler retired in 1990.

While Toler was the first African American official in the NFL.  Johnny Grier was the first African American to be an NFL referee.  In professional football there are several on-field officials.  Many times, these roles can be referred to as a “referees”.  So technically speaking, Grier was the first African American “referee” in the NFL.  However, Toler remains the first African American official in the NFL.  Toler died at the age of 81 in 2009.

 

Sources:

http://thegrio.com/2009/08/21/first-black-nfl-official-dies-at-81/

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Burl-Toler-NFL-s-first-black-official-dies-3288983.php

Cookman Institute: Pioneering Institution That Proceeded Historically Black Colleges & Universities

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Cookman Institute – Founded in 1872

Launched on February 26, 1872, Cookman Institute was an early forerunner of the historically black colleges and universities. Rev. S.B. Darnell founded Cookman Institute in Jacksonville, FL. It was named after Rev. Alfred Cookman who was a Methodist Minister.  Rev. Cookman donated funds toward construction of the new building.  Cookman Institute was closely affiliated with Clark University.  It was the first the educational institution for African Americans in Florida and remained so for quite some time.  In operation for close to 50 years, Cookman Institute touched the lives of thousands of students.  Many of Cookman’s first students were ex-slaves. Continue reading “Cookman Institute: Pioneering Institution That Proceeded Historically Black Colleges & Universities”

Dr. Myra Adele Logan: First Woman To Perform Open Heart Surgery

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Dr. Myra A. Logan (1908-1977) made history in 1943 by becoming the first woman to operate on a human heart. Logan was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her father was the treasurer of Tuskegee Institute. Her mother was well known suffragist and health care advocate. Her mother also had a college degree, which would have been rare at that time. Logan earned an MS in psychology from Columbia University. She then was awarded a scholarship to attend New York Medical College. She graduated in 1933 and completed an internship at Harlem Hospital in the emergency room. Continue reading “Dr. Myra Adele Logan: First Woman To Perform Open Heart Surgery”

Comparing Betsy Devos To Ruby Bridges? No Comparison At All!

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 (Left) Norman Rockwell Painting “The Problem We All Live With”

(Right) Cartoon by Glenn McCoy depicting Betsy Devos

Conservative artist, Glenn McCoy published a cartoon, Monday, February 13, 2017 in which he  appears to compare, Education Secretary, Betsy Devos and civil rights activist, Ruby Bridges. The cartoon was published after protests at a Washington DC school made it difficult for Devos to enter the a main entrance.  She eventually was able to enter the school through a different entrance.

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Morehouse College: Celebrating 150th Anniversary

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Morehouse College is a private historically black college (HBCU) for men. Morehouse opened its doors in 1867 to educated black males who were formerly enslaved to become ministers and teachers. It opened approximately 2 years after the close of the Civil War. Its original name was Augustus Institute and it was located in Augustus Georgia. The Augustus Institute relocated to Atlanta in 1879 and became the Atlanta Baptist Seminary. Classes were first held in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church. The school moved to its current location in the 1880’s after John D. Rockefeller donated land to the college.

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