Breaking Chains By Sebastian Iturralds

Looking aimlessly, enjoying the sunset over the skyline, hurt by the injustice—Jared admired the city. Life was too much for him. Unable to complain, Jared was forced to answer for the bills that arrived at his house. How long has it been like this? Nobody could remember the beginning of the cost of living. Everyone JaredContinue reading “Breaking Chains By Sebastian Iturralds”

Black History Month day #28 Phillis Wheatley Americas first Black Poet

Phillis Wheatley Despite spending much of her life enslaved, Phillis Wheatley was the first African American and second woman (after Anne Bradstreet) to publish a book of poems. Born around 1753 in Gambia, Africa, Wheatley was captured by slave traders and brought to America in 1761. Upon arrival, she was sold to the Wheatley familyContinue reading “Black History Month day #28 Phillis Wheatley Americas first Black Poet”

Black History day #27 Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records. Multiple sources mention that although other women (like Mary Ellen Pleasant) might have been the first, their wealthContinue reading “Black History day #27 Madam C. J. Walker”

Black History day #25 Sarah E. Goode

Entrepreneur and inventor Sarah E. Goode was one of the first African American women to receive a United States patent. Who Was Sarah E. Good? Born into slavery in 1850, inventor and entrepreneur Sarah E. Goode was one of the first African American women to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and TrademarkContinue reading “Black History day #25 Sarah E. Goode”

Black History Month day #25 Thomas Mundy Peterson

Peterson was born in Metuchen, New Jersey. His father, also named Thomas, worked for the Mundy family. His mother, Lucy Green, was a slave of Hugh Newell (1744–1816) of Freehold Township, New Jersey. She was manumitted at age 21 by Newell’s will. After moving to Perth Amboy, Peterson’s father married Daphne Reeve, whos parents had also been slaves onContinue reading “Black History Month day #25 Thomas Mundy Peterson”

Black History day #24 Comic Artist Billy Grahm

A graduate of New York City’s Music & Art High School, Billy Graham was influenced artistically by the work of Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Burne Hogarth, and George Tuska. One of his earliest comics projects was illustrating writer Don Glut‘s “Death Boat!” in Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969), one of Warren Publishing‘s influential black-and-white horror-comics magazines. Graham would pencil and self-ink a story in nearly each of the first dozenContinue reading “Black History day #24 Comic Artist Billy Grahm”

Black History day #23 Mamie Smith

On February 14, 1920, Smith recorded “That Thing Called Love” and “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” for the Okeh label in New York City, after African-American songwriter and bandleader Perry Bradford persuaded Fred Hagar to break the color barrier in black music recording. Okeh Records recorded many iconic songs by black musicians. Although this was the first recording byContinue reading “Black History day #23 Mamie Smith”

Black History day #22 Kindred Stories

In her fiction debut, Destiny O. Birdsong offers three different stories of Black women coming of age in Shreveport, Louisiana while navigating albinism. While each character has something to lose, Birdsong shapes each story around what they have to gain, which is their own internal magic. With an exquisite attention to southern visuals and vernacular,Continue reading “Black History day #22 Kindred Stories”

Black History day #21 the First Black Nurse

Jessie Sleet Scales was the first black public health nurse in the United States. Scales contributed to the development and growth of public health nursing in New York City and is considered by many to be a health nurse pioneer. Here is more about this amazing woman. Scales was born in Stratford, Canada. She attended Provident Hospital inContinue reading “Black History day #21 the First Black Nurse”

Black History in Sports day #20 Fritz Pollard, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Bill Willis & Marion Motley

In 1920, Fritz Pollard became the first African-American to play in the NFL during its formative years. However, in the years after Fritz’s departure, the NFL owners imposed a “gentleman’s agreement” preventing the signing of more black players. The four men below are credited with re-integrating the NFL in 1946. The Los Angeles Coliseum threatenedContinue reading “Black History in Sports day #20 Fritz Pollard, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Bill Willis & Marion Motley”