Before there were Kevin, Katt, Rickey, and Mo’Nique, we had Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Whoopi Goldberg. These pioneers opened doors and broke barriers by shedding light on the ignorance of racism through comedy. They’ve all participated in civic activities off stage for the betterment of their people. All four transcended the stage to have very successful acting careers gaining them more influence to the general public.
Today is dedicated to my favorite woman in American politics, Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005). Chisholm became the first African-American congresswoman in 1969. She was a lifetime civil rights and education activist. She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. In 1972, she became the first African-American majority-party (Democratic Party) candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Her campaign theme was “Unbought and Unbossed”. She survived 3 assassination attempts during her campaign. Because of the barriers she broke, we have President Barack Obama. Thank-you, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.
#CBC #ShirleyChisholm #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth #FebPhotoChallenge #BHMPhotoChallenge #February #Politics #Democrat #Obama
Day 3 - HBCU: The Amazing Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University located on the hills of Normal, AL. I am proud to have continued my family’s legacy of AAMU graduates. I am so grateful to all of the monumental African-Americans who graduated from HBCU’s and opened doors for many others to follow. There is no experience like being educated at an HBCU. #hbcu #aamu #africanamerican #bhm #blackhistory #bhmphotochallenge #febphotochallenge
Day 2 - Blacks in Film:
I wanted to use someone that would be different, but I could not ignore the contributions that Spike Lee has made in Black film and Black History. Majority of his films deal with race and the culture of African-Americans. Here are some of my favorites.
#SpikeLee #SpikeLeeJoint #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth #FebPhotoChallenge #BHMPhotoChallenge #February
To celebrate Black History Month, I will be posting some of my favorite people and events in history every day:
Medgar Evers (1925-1963) Civil rights activist in Mississippi slain in the driveway of his home in front of his wife and 3 small children by a member of the KKK. Evers was influential in the desegregation of the University of Mississippi and eradicating “Jim Crow” in the state. Google his name for more information.
#Alcorn #BlackHistory #CivilRights #HBCU #February #JimCrow
SAP MOMENT: How do I say goodbye to what we had? It’s my turn to say how much these people mean to me. They have definitely been my rock over the last couple of years. They’ve kept me grounded, gave me an ear when I needed someone to listen, and boosted my spirit when I was feeling low. There are many nights that I won’t remember, but I will never forget the love each and everyone of you guys have made me feel. I hope this is just a see you later, and not an actual goodbye. #HBCU #Graduation #Alumni #AAMU #Family #Friends #TheCrew #BSinCivilEngineering (at Alabama A&M University Engineering)