Billie Holliday's life was tragic. Born into poverty and out-of-wedlock, she rose to a position of artistic preeminence in the world of jazz, but her personal life was one of constant turmoil and struggle. She fought seemingly endless wars-with drug addiction, narcotics agents' harassment, racial discrimination, self-serving lovers, and with human parasites in and out of the music business. Withal, her vocal artistry was joyously and bitters sweetly transcendent. Many serious listeners consider her the greatest jazz vocalist ever.
She was a feminist, at her time the word “feminist” had not been created, she was called a lot of things - an "able advocate" for her gender, a "hyena in petticoats," the bearer of a "rigid, and somewhat Amazonian temper. " Today we know her as a person who fought for woman rights. Not everyone was positive about her ideas, but she never gave up. Mary Wollstonecraft was an educator and one of the first woman rights activist, who changed the way how woman were viewed by themselves and
Heros’ come in many shapes and forms. Tall, short, small, big, anyone can be a hero, they just have to put in the effort. Though anyone can be a good hero, a great hero is somebody who inspires others, makes a difference, and is selfless. First and foremost, a great hero must be someone who inspires others. Ida B. Wells is an example of a true hero.
In 1773, there were slaves all over colonial America working in plantations, and cleaning their masters houses. It wasn’t common for a slave to be writing poetry with their owners consent. Phyllis Wheatley’s success as the first African American published poet was what inspired generations to tell her story. It was her intellectual mind and point of view that made her different from others, both black and white. Phyllis’s story broke the barrier for all African American writers, and proved that no matter the gender or race, all human beings are capable of having an intelligent state of mind.
Biography of Zora Neale Hurston African American author, folklorist, anthropologist, and Harlem Renaissance figure, her works and contributions to the world of literature acknowledge her as one of the great writers of our American history. Zora Neale Hurston, born in Notasulga, Alabama on January 7, 1891 to former slaves John and Lucy Potts Hurston, was the fifth child and second girl out of eight children. Her birth records have never been found, so the singular year of her birth has long been a dispute (Bloom 7). In the family bible, according to Hurston’s biographers, her name is recorded as Zora Neal Lee Hurston; at some point an “e” was added to Neal and “Lee” was dropped (King 1).
There is only one King of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Elvis Presley made stupendous advances in the music industry starting in 1954. He lived through the Great Depression, active duty in Germany in 1958, and many more things that formed the world that American’s get to live in today. Presley served in war, gave money to numerous churches and charities, made a large amount of films, and wrote and sang a gargantuan amount of music. Today, Presley’s legacy as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lives on.
ROSA PARKS BY DONELLA TRELLO Rosa parks was put on this world on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was picked on as a child because she was an African-American. When she was a child her Grandpa held a shotgun in his hand as the Klu Klux Klan went by. Parks knew as a child that segregation was wrong and that the black and whites should be together and get along.
Teagan Schuman Period 5 Mr. Correia May 5, 2016 Rosa Parks Imagine making a stance in your life for something that you strongly believed in and it ended up changing the future forever. Well, Rosa Parks did just that.
There she stood so long ago, on that pedestal made of stone. A Statue, but yet a statue that represented much more than a figure. She introduced hope to our wonderful country, and to all who entered. She was the symbol of hope for our future to come. Today, she still stands there as a reminder of the freedom that we possess when we see her.
Women suffrage was an exceptionally difficult battle, but ultimately a great day in history, for not only women but everyone. Over fifty years fighting for it, with great leaders pushing for it, and it being one of the first steps of many for women’s equality, it was finally passed on November 16, 1946. The idea of suffrage started in the early 1840’s. The first women’s rights meeting in the United States of America (US) was held in New York City in 1848 (Johnson). Trying to pass anything related to helping women was an uphill struggle due to the fact representatives in several different states were worried suffrage would spread ( Layser 187).