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African-American Women who Help Keep us Strong

gladys louise tyler

Posted on February 10, 2019 11:23

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It's Black History month, don't let her-story be over-looked by history.

It's Black History month, don't let her-story be overlooked by history. 

Maya Angelou: 

An actress, writer, director, producer, fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer, singer, and journalist. She was also the first poet since Robert Frost to make an inaugural recitation when she recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" in 1993, at the inauguration of Bill Clinton. 

"You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like a cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it."---Maya Angelou

Shirley Chisholm:

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of immigrant parents, Charles St. Hill from Guyana and Ruby Seale St. Hill from Barbados. 

Spent seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Was the first African-American woman in Congress in 1968. And the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties, when she sought the nomination in 1972.  

"We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves."---Shirley Chisholm

Angela Davis:

Political activist, scholar, and author who studied at the Sorbonne, became a member of the Che-Lumumba Club, an all-black branch of the Communist party, later jailed for charges related to a prison outbreak, during the trail of George Lester Jackson, one of the Soledad Brothers.   

Davis grew up in a neighborhood dubbed "Dynamite Hill" because of the African-American homes that were bombed by the Ku Klux Klan.   

"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change.  I am changing the things I cannot accept."---Angela Davis 

Nikki Giovanni:

Poet, educator, activist, commentator and teacher, who has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection.

"There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave."---Nikki Giovanni

Billie Holiday:

Her childhood was spent in and out of a Catholic 'reform school', the House of Good Shepherd for Colored Girls. Her first stint was for playing hooky; then later she was held in protective custody after being raped on Christmas Eve. Later she worked scrubbing floors in brothels, homes of neighbors, and as a prostitute. 

She eventually gained jobs singing in nightclubs in Harlem.  

"You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in hour hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation."---Billie Holiday

Audre Lorde:

Was born in New York City to West Indian immigrant parents.  She is a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet."

"Your silence will not protect you."---Audre Lorde

Remember it is not where you start, but where you finish.  Who inspires you? 

gladys louise tyler

Posted on February 10, 2019 11:23


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