Day 21- The Unexpected Research Subject, Henrietta Lacks

Welcome to Day 21! On January 29, 1951,  a poor black and young mother of five from Maryland named Henrietta Lacks visited John Hopkins Hospital complaining of pain and vaginal bleeding and upon examination, was informed by gynecologist Dr. Howard Jones that she had a malignant tumor on her cervix.  Lacks was diagnosed with an …

Day 20- Revolutionary Poet, Musician, Rapper, and Activist. Gil Scott-Heron

Welcome to Day 20! I tried a little something different for today’s post honoring the late Gil Scott-Heron but the music rights (“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”) muted the background music, so a slideshow it is. Enjoy this little montage telling you a little about a man who wrote poetry and music about his …

Day 18: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins

If you relied solely on what is being taught in schools about Black history or what you can easily find on the internet, you would think Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Smalls were the only “significant” escaped slaves.  Everyone who escaped and survived is significant but there was one who had an interesting story …

Day 15 – 40 acres and a mule… Or Maybe Not

Welcome to Day 15! While I have celebrated Black History Month in the past by sharing articles and tidbits with family and friends this time it’s different.  Instead of simply finding a link or story that stood out, I have really been looking for topics that weren’t so common and have learned so much this …

Day 13 – Too Black, Too Strong and Most Often, Misunderstood – The Black Panther Party

What comes to mind when you hear about the Black Panthers? Do you envision Afros, all black, leather jackets and berets, gangsters, intimidation, black power, radicalism, rifle toting men and women, violence, extremist, OR or do you think about what the intended mission was for this revolutionary party and consider why the government was determined …

Day 12 – Can We Celebrate the Modern Heroes As Well?

While narrowing down the topics for today’s post I realized something rather disturbing about black history. After pages and pages of internet browsing I found a common theme – We (people writing, sharing and celebrating our history) seem to be stuck in time. While black men and women made great contributions to American society throughout …