Search

Black History: Special Delivery!!

Tag

African American women

Harriet Wilson: 1st African American Woman To Publish A Novel In the United States

Black History: Special Delivery!!

Harriet Adams Wilson (1825-1900)

On September 5, 1859, Harriet E. Wilson, (1825-1900) published, “Our Nig” making her the first African American woman to publish a novel in the United States. Wilson was born in Milford, New Hampshire. Her father was African American and her mother was white. When her father died, her mother abandoned her; leaving her at the home of a family where she worked as an indentured servant. She would remain with the family until the 1840’s. Wilson was married in 1851 and had a son named George. After being abandoned by her husband, she left her son in the care of foster parents and left to seek work in Boston. George died at the age of 7.

 

Wilson is said to have gone by the name, “Dr. Hattie E. Wilson” and worked as clairvoyant and psychic healer. She traveled across the U.S. making speeches on the spirit world and race relations. Wilson’s novel, “Our Nig” was a fictional story about her experience as an indentured servant, as well as her experiences with racism and prejudice. Continue reading “Harriet Wilson: 1st African American Woman To Publish A Novel In the United States”

Black Women: WE BE Surviving”!

Black History:  Special Delivery!! Quote: “Black women be surviving; don’t we?” -Lhea J. Love

This quote speaks volumes!  “WE BE SURVIVING” was inspired by this quote. The poem celebrates African American SHEros, survivors, past and present who made a difference!

“WE BE SURVIVING……..”

Momma did it!

Grandma did it!

Great grandma did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Rosa did it!

Harriet did it!

Sojourner did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Maya did it!

Aretha did it!

Tina did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Angela did it!

Fannie did it!

Dorothy did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Coretta did it!

Betty did it!

Ida did it!

WE BE SURVIVING, DON’T WE!

Disrespected, WE DID IT!

Devalued, WE DID IT!

Dehumanized, WE DID IT!

Abused, WE DID IT!

Accused, WE DID IT!

Alienated, WE DID IT!

Unloved, WE DID IT!

Unwelcomed, WE DID IT!

Unpaid, WE DID IT!

Extorted, WE DID IT!

Exploited, WE DID IT!

Exhausted, WE DID IT!

WE DID IT! WE DID IT! WE DID IT!

We be surviving don’t we!

By Enid A. Gaddis ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

Poem may not be republished, reprinted, or otherwise distributed without the expressed written consent of the author. Requests may be submitted via email to:

Enid Gaddis,  blackmailsd4u@gmail.com

“I’m Simply A Strong Black Woman.” -Maxine Waters

Black History: Special Delivery!!

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Ain’t Having It!!

 

 

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

 

Congress Maxine Waters is given us all LIFE!  In response to remarks made by Bill O’Reilly about her hair…..Waters comeback was EPIC!  Check out the video and be inspired.  One of the quotes we love from her comments was:  “I am a strong BLACK WOMAN.  I CANNOT be intimidated and I’m not going ANYWHERE!”  A more complete clip is also available from MSNBC,

http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hayes_bmaxinewatersfox_170328http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_hayes_bmaxinewatersfox_170328

 

Queens!!

Black History:  Special Delivery!!


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!  

World’s 1st Black Flight Attendant – Leopoldine Smith

Black History: Special Delivery!!

leopoldine_doualla_bell_smith
Leopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell Smith

Leopoldine Emma Doualla-Bell Smith (1939 – ) is recognized as being the world’s first black flight attendant. Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Smith was a princess in the royal Douala family. At the age of 17, Smith was offered the opportunity to serve as a “ground hostess” for the Union Aeromaritime de Transport (UAT), a french airline that served France’s African air routes. Smith graduated from high school in 1956 and then went to Paris for additional ground hostess and flight education training. She began her career as a flight attendant in 1957. Smith did not know, at the time, that she was making history, becoming the first black flight attendant for any airline in the world. She began her career one year prior to Ruth Carol Taylor who is recognized as the United States’ first black flight attendant in 1958. Smith recalled that her hiring as a flight attendant was big news in her hometown and that that it was announced in the local newspaper. On her first air flight, she recalled that she was screaming and yelling, thinking she might die, while another flight attendant attempted to calm her down.

Continue reading “World’s 1st Black Flight Attendant – Leopoldine Smith”

4 Phenomenal Women Are Poised To Celebrate Their 100th Birthdays & Decades of Friendship!

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

4-lifelong-friends-turn-100-e1458073716445
From left, Ruth Hammett, Gladys Butler, Bernice Underwood and Leona Barnes, who will all turn 100 this year, at the Zion Baptist Church.

Four amazing women are the true definition of “Keeping It 100!!”  These friends are looking forward to celebrating their 100th birthdays together this summer.  What an inspiring story of life long friendship!  Think of all of the collective experiences and wisdom, these ladies possess!!
Continue reading “4 Phenomenal Women Are Poised To Celebrate Their 100th Birthdays & Decades of Friendship!”

Bravo To This Mother & Her Creativity In Teaching Black History!

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

image
Ava Rogers as Madame CJ Walker ( The first black female millionaire in America) Image Credit: Forharriet.com

6 Year old Ava Rogers is learning about Black History in such a creative and powerful way! Her mother selects women who have made an impact on history and Ava does a photo shoot dressed up as these women! 

The images are striking and they are a beautiful way to teach a child about the legacy and impact of Black women!  Bravo to this mother-daughter duo!! Read the full article and check out the photos at forharriet.com

Posted from WordPress for Android

About Time: Marine Corps Uniform Board Finally Allows Twist, Loc Hairstyles For Women

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

It’s been a long time coming. After an extended battle to include protective hairstyles for women of color into their uniform policy, the Marine Corps Uniform Board 215 decided to make the traditional hairstyles permissible options, as long as the styles are “professional and neat in appearance,” the Marine Corps Times reports. Continue reading “About Time: Marine Corps Uniform Board Finally Allows Twist, Loc Hairstyles For Women”

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: