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Enjoy Using GIFs? Thank African American Tech CEO Lisa Gelobter

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Lisa Gelobter (1971 – )

African American computer scientist Lisa Gelobter (1971 – ) has played an integral role in bringing several internet technologies to market.  Perhaps her most recognized project is developing the animation that is used to create GIFs.  Gelobter previously worked as the Chief Digital Service Officer for the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration.  She also worked as Chief Digital Officer for BET. Little is known about her background.  Being a technology executive, she is likely very adept at keeping her digital footprint to a minimum!  Gelobter is a 1991 graduate of Brown University.  There she earned a computer science degree with an emphasis in artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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Fred Gray: Civil Rights Attorney & Activist

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Fred Gray (1930 – ) was described by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the brilliant young negro who later became the chief counsel for the protest movement” (King, 41).  He provided legal counsel to Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Improvement Association, and other civil rights organizations. Born in Montgomery, AL, Gray became a preacher when as a teenager. He was the youngest of 5 children.  Gray received a bachelors degree from Alabama State College For Negroes in 1951; and an LLB from Case Western Reserve University in 1954. He was unable to attend law school in Alabama due to segregation. Returning to Montgomery after graduation, he began a private law practice, while also working as a minister at Holt Street Church of Christ.   

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Barbara Hillary:  The First African American Woman On Record To Reach Both The North and South Poles

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Barbara Hillary (1931 – )

Barbara Hillary (1931 – ) is the first known African American woman to reach both the North and South Poles. She was born in New York City and raised by her mother. Her father died when she was just a year old. Hillary earned both a bachelors degree and masters degree from the New School University in New York City. She worked in the field of nursing until her retirement. Hillary is also the founder, editor-in-chief of The Peninsula Magazine, a multi-racial publication and non-profit located in Queens, NY.

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“I AIN’T SCARED!” -Maxine Waters

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been one of several political and public figures to be sent exclusive device in the mail. Her response: “I AIN’T SCARED!!”

That’s On You Boo!!

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If you only celebrate Black History one month out of the year. ….That’s on you boo!! At Black Mail we celebrate Black History ALL year long! Why don’t you? You don’t permission to elevate and celebrate Black History!

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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

An Untold Story: Slavery In Canada

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We are often told about the history of slavery in the United States. However, Canada also participated in the slave trade.  In comparison to the U.S., the number of people estimated to be enslaved in Canada was much lower.  Still those enslaved in Canada experienced the same mistreatment and abuse.  We often hear narratives of enslaved people escaping to freedom in Canada.  However there were also groups of slaves in Canada who escaped to freedom in the United States by crossing the border into to Detroit, MI.  The stories of those enslaved in Canada has often gone untold or been ignored.  Slavery was legal in Canada for 200 years.  Continue reading “An Untold Story: Slavery In Canada”

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