10 Inspiring Black History Facts

I am grateful and thankful for those who have passed before me to make all that I do “today” possible. As a country I feel that we have a long ways to go with racial reconciliation and I still believe we can get there, it will take all of us (and God) for us to get to a place of unity and love. As we close out the month of February also recognized as Black History Month I wanted to share 10 Inspiring Black History Facts. I hope you take the time to read over these facts, initiate conversations with your family, and to always be willing to listen to those who may, or may not look like you. Let’s commit to love and understanding history so that we can continue to make progress for the better! Xoxo

  1. Claudette Colvin was a 15 year old schoolgirl who refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette was thrown in jail and was one of the four women who challenged the segregation law in court. http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-history-little-known-facts/
  2. Did you know that James Brown let the rhythmic pattern drive his singing? He even made his voice sound percussive…and this is what made funk music a popular sound. https://www.pbs.org/articles/2019/02/black-history-month-gets-off-to-a-funky-start-with-james-brown/
  3. Harriet Tubman adopted a daughter, Gertie after the Civil War with her second husband Nelson Davis. http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/harriet-tubman/
  4. Fannie Lou Hammer was a sharecropper in the MS Delta, because of her difficulty in registering to vote in 1962 led her into a career as an outspoken activist, a congressional candidate, and a fierce fighter for rights for all. https://www.pbs.org/video/fannie-lou-hamer-stand-up-1ecoc6/
  5. Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the House of Representative in 1968 in the state of New York. Shirley was also the first female candidate for president of the United States. https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-facts
  6. Shirley Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and an author. In 1968 she became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress. http://www.black-history-facts.com/Black-History-Facts-Famous-Women/Shirley-Chisholm-Facts.html
  7. When it comes to cowboys, did you know that 1 in 4 was Black? https://workplacediversity.com/articles/30-Facts-for-Black-History-Month
  8. Zelda Barbour Valdes was the first black designer to open her own shop, which was the first black-owned business on Broadway in NYC. Zelda was a fashion and costume designer. Her store was named Chez Zelda. Some of her celebrity clients were Josephine Baker, Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, Dorothy Dandridge, and many more! https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/valdes-zelda-barbour-wynn-1901-2001/
  9. Marie Van Brown was the first to patent the modern home security system! Read her story here: https://timeline.com/marie-van-brittan-brown-b63b72c415f0
  10. Maya Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for years following the assassination of her friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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