I'm really behind on this, but I'll make it up in a few days.
DAY 17: In honor of Black History Month, here's a 40 minute sketch of Bessie Stringfield, suggested by @stugor.
Bessie Stringfield (February 9, 1911 – February 16, 1993), nicknamed "The Motorcycle Queen of Miami", was the first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo, and during World War II she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military.
Credited with breaking down barriers for both women and Jamaican-American motorcyclists, Stringfield was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the award bestowed by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for "Superior Achievement by a Female Motorcyclist" is named in her honor.
Tonight was so awesome! Met @iamderay at the 3rd Annual #BlackHistoryMonth Community Empowerment Mixer sponsored by @dropbox, @google, @facebook and the Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM). Serious gems were dropped on disruptive leadership, social impact and career development by the panelists under this year’s theme: "Using Your Position In Corporate America To Help The Community." Powerful event, bravo to all involved. 👏🏾 #BlackinTech#BHM#BLM#DiversityandInclusion
Black Women in History: This is Fannie Lou Hamer. Fannie Lou was a activist who helped register black people to vote in Mississippi. She was part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee which focused on segregation and racial injustice in the south. She also was instrumental in planning the freedom summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Fannie Lou'd work led her to be the vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She lived October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977. #Voicesofshe#lettinghervoicebeheard#blackwomen#blackwomeninhistory#Blackhistorymonth#february19th
"If I'm remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that's plenty" .
Happy Birthday to Sidney Poitier, the icon turns 91 today! What are some of your favorite Poitier films??
Day 19: Sapphire. Born Ramona Lofton in 1950, Sapphire grew up an army brat, living in various places around the globe with her parents and siblings. She was sexually abused by her father at the age of 8. Her mother abandoned Sapphire and her siblings in her teens, and Sapphire went on to drop out of high school and earn her GED. Sapphire was attracted to the budding hippie movement in San Francisco, concurrently attending City College while establishing herself as a performance artist and poet. Sapphire moved to NYC and earned her MFA at Brooklyn College, where she honed her writing and voice. In the mid 1970’s, Sapphire was a major figure in the NYC slam poetry scene. Of her pen name, Sapphire, the author chose the name because of “one-time cultural associations with sapphire and belligerent black women.” Sapphire wrote the novel, “Push,” a story about an abused teenage mother living in New York City in the mid 1980’s, but it was not published until 1996. By that time, the story “Push” had become so popular that publishers were in bidding wars to publish the story. In the early 2000, Sapphire’s book “Push” was optioned to become a feature film. Renamed “Precious,” Sapphire’s story premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to universal acclaim, earning Mo’Nique, one of the film’s stars an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In 2009, Sapphire was the recipient of a Fellow Award in Literature from United States Artists. “The Kid,” a sequel to “Push” was released in 2011. Sapphire is openly bisexual and a member of United Lesbians of Color for Change, INC. #blackhistorymonth#bhm#blackexcellence#blackwriters#blackpoets#pushnovel#push#precious#blacklesbians#blacknerdproblems#blackwomen#blackqueerwomen
We feature artist Tony Gum for our #BlackHistoryMonth series. She says, "I look up to those who have been placed with a divine gift to live, move and create - those who master the art of inspiring in the most simple and sincere way, because fulfilling your purpose is by far the greatest favor you can do for yourself and the next person."
Art Direction: @tony_gum
In honour of #BlackHistoryMonth remembering Frederick Douglass, a welcomed friend of Ireland, who spent a deal of time there in the 1840s, transitioning from speaking his own story to becoming a voice of contemporary issues of the day.
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Joe Morgan scores Ken Griffey with a single to center in the top of the 9th to score what would be the winning run to lead the Reds over the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. #BlackHistoryMonth
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