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Originally posted by Ladybird0724 Ladybird0724 wrote:


Based on the life of Ron McNair (he was on the challenger shuttle). As a young boy, he became the first AA in his town to have a library card.

Henrys Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
Henry Brown shipped himself in a box up North to escape slavery




I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer
Matthew Henson discovered the North Pole. He wasn't credited for the discovery for years afterwards



Thank you for this post so much! I would LOVE to go into space and follow Mathew Henson. He really is one of my heroes.
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HAPPY 79th BIRTHDAY, To Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (February 5, 1934) - MLB Hall-of-Fame Player Who Began His Career In The Negro League.

He Won Three Gold Glove Awards.
On April 15, He Hit His 715th Homerun , Breaking The Previous Homerun Record of 714, Held By Babe Ruth.
Hank Hit Career Home Run Number 755 On July 20, 1976.

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Ann Lowe: Black Fashion Designer Who Created Jacqueline Kennedy's Wedding Dress


ANN LOWE – FASHION’S BEST KEPT SECRET




Jackie O' Wedding Dress to JFK


WHO: Ann Cole Lowe, fashion designer

THE MAJOR MOMENT: In 1953, Lowe designed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' wedding dress for her marriage to John F. Kennedy. The voluminous, off-the-shoulder dress was constructed out of 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta. Just 10 days before the wedding ceremony a water line broke in Lowe's New York City studio and ruined the former First Lady's gown along with all 10 pink bridesmaids dresses. Lowe worked tirelessly to recreate all 11 designs in time for the Rhode Island nuptials. Sadly, Lowe did not get the credit she deserved for designing and creating Jackie's all-important dress. Jackie is said to have told people that her gown was made by a "colored woman dressmaker" and Lowe was only mentioned by name in the Washington Post where fashion editor Nine Hyde simply wrote "… the dress was designed by a Negro, Ann Lowe."

FAB FACT: Jackie O wasn't Lowe's first or only high profile client. Lowe also designed for New York society families like the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts. The talented fashion designer also created the gown that actress Olivia de Havilland wore when she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in 1946.

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In the 1960's, Lowe opened Ann Lowe Originals inside the Saks Fifth Ave department store on Madison Avenue in New York. Her amazing work still lives on in the permanent archives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Black Fashion Museum and The Smithsonian. Lowe passed away in 1981 at the age of 83.

THE DRESS:

Check out the slideshow below for more of Ann Lowe's designs. And click HERE to learn about Glamour magazine's first black cover model and HERE for the first black woman to grace LIFE and Ladies' Home Journal.

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Bob Marley Day: 68th Birthday Tributes Remember  Singer

Bob Marley Day is a birthday tribute to remember the singer. Bob Marley would have been 68 years old on February 6, 2013.

Bob Marley




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Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans, Louisiana

ca. 1899

Reportedly displayed as part of the American Negro exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

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The Catholic order of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans was founded in 1842 by Henriette DeLille, a free woman of color. Born to privilege and well educated, Henriette chose a life of caring for and educating the poor over a life of ease. At the time of Henriette’s death in 1862, the order numbered 12 members. By 1909, there were 150 members operating schools in New Orleans that served 1,300 African American students, caring for orphans and the elderly, and doing missionary work in Belize.

The order remains active today. 

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hmm..; I never heard this before.


Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on friend Maya Angelou's  birthday on April 4th, 1968. Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for many years afterward, and sent flowers to King's widow every year until Mrs. King's death in 2006.
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In 1938, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt  challenged the segregation rules at the Southern Conference on Human Welfare in Birmingham, Alabama, so she could sit next to African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune , whom she referred to as "her closest friend in her age group." 
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I'll add this, just because I love her:

Female science fiction author  Octavia Butler  was dyslexic. Despite her disorder, she went on to win two Hugo awards and two Nebulas for her writing.
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when I heard him tell this story, it brought tears to my eyes.

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When neurosurgeon Ben Carson was a child, his mother required him to read two library books a week and give her written reports, even though she was barely literate. She would then take the papers and pretend to carefully review them, placing a checkmark at the top of the page showing her approval. The assignments gave Carson his eventual love of reading and learning.
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(does anyone remember this?)
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Politician and educator Shirley Chisholm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for the 1972 U.S. presidential election.
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