Mary McLeod Bethune was born on July 10 in 1875. Her parents were Patsy and Samuel McLeod. Mary was born the third youngest child out of her seventeen siblings and she was also the first born into freedom. Opportunities came for Mary that her older siblings may not have had and Mary didn’t pass them up. Mary graduated from Scotia Seminary in Concord, NC in 1894. Mary wasted no time a year later she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
[Title Here, up to 12 Words, on One to Two Lines] This is the life story of my grandmother Loretta Willis. She is the oldest one of the family and also the one who keeps the family together. I am pleased to share the life history of someone who is very dear to me. She is the one who raised, loved, and shown me new things. For her I am very grateful.
Elizabeth Freeman, in the Ashley’s eyes, was just the slave who cleaned the house. Elizabeth was born in 1742 to an enslaved mother and father. When she was only 6 months old, she was sold to the Ashley family to become a slave! Thirty years later, almost nothing had changed. She cleaned the house and swept the floors. She had a daughter known as “little Bet.” Unfortunately, her husband was killed fighting against the British. Elizabeth heard the news of the constitution stating freedom and independence for all from the big events the Ashley Family hosted. Elizabeth had a place in her heart for being free. One day, Mrs. Ashley, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth sister, Lizzy, were in the kitchen when Mrs. Ashley got mad at Lizzy. In her frustration, Mrs. Ashley swung a burning hot shovel at Lizzy. Elizabeth acted quickly, putting out her arm to protect Lizzy. She was hit and she was probably in a tremendous amount of pain. The burn was severe, and lasted her whole life. The Ashley family was treating her terribly! Elizabeth didn’t understand this cruel treatment, so she ran away. Elizabeth had worked for the Ashley family a long time, and losing her was not something the Ashleys would put up with. The Ashleys went to law enforcement, forcing
Marian Anderson was a driven African American singer. "We don't take colored" (Collins 106). Marian was deprived of singing in many places because of the color of her skin. She was always well behaved and never wanted conflict so she never would argue. Marian never gave up in her dream of becoming a singer. "She became the first black performer ever invited to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York" (Collins 111). Anderson spent a lot of her career traveling and performing across the United States.
Professor James T. Downs gave an interesting lecture on the masking of epidemics after the civil war. His take on the Harriet Ann Jacobs’ story was something that extremely captivated me because I had not known much about her story. Harriet Ann Jacobs exposed the reality of what it meant to be a slave and gave a different perspective from that of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Despite all, she did to expose the conditions that former slaves lived in, and the progress that she helped create in the 19th century, many whites did not believe that Jacobs wrote her own story. This was due to the basis that she was poor and black. Jacobs’ work was extremely important because she told the story of how all the freed people obtained their freedom and then suddenly
Mary Jane Patterson Mary Jane Patterson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her parents brought and their family to Oberlin, Ohio to find an education for their children. In 1835, Oberlin College admitted its first black student and eventually became the country’s first coed institution of higher education. It was also the first college in the country to grant women undergraduate degrees. Mary Jane Patterson studied for a year in the college’s Prepatory Department and she was the first African-American women to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
Libby Peppers, born on August 31, 1988 in Virginia Beach, VA, to Kathy and Jerome Peppers, loves life to the fullest. She is the second oldest of four children, three girls and one boy. Her siblings include Darcy, Jenna and JJ (Jerome Jr.); all two years apart. Although, Libby’s parents use to be free spirits in their youth, they have promise to raise their children in a strict, uptight, and Godly home. Her parents strongly believe that this strict environment is the best way to protect them from outside influences and peer pressure of today's society. Kathy and Jerome actually set the children up for failure because the children are socially unequipped for society. Music and horseback riding are the only activities, but Libby is the only child to excel at both. She even saved all of her allowances to buy a custom guitar and her only best friend Runner (the horse).
Ruth Rankin received some devastating at her 20-week ultrasound. She was told that her daughter would probably not survive after birth. Ruth 's daughter had a rare brain disorder. The doctors suggested that Ruth terminate her pregnancy, but she refused. Even though Ruth 's daughter was not supposed to survive, she is now four years-old.
Betty Marie, born on 1925, growing up in Oklahoma. When Betty was a little child she would listen to her grandmother stories. Are grandmother would tell her the stories about fire spirits and animals. So Betty wanted to get out of her shell and do something different. She wanted to do ballet and loved it.
On the corner of School Ave and 5th Street a small playground rests on a sandy pit dusted with footprints of different shapes and sizes. Each day a surfeit of students stomp over the play equipment during their fifteen minute recess. In an office close by this playground, Principal Harriet Taylor is hard at work as she reaches the final stride in her career as an administrator at Springfield Elementary School. In June when the kids abandon the playground for summer, Harriet will abandon the office, relinquishing her duties as principal for the lure of retirement. Before Harriet could even dream of the office she works in today, she was romping all over the same playground many Springfield students use today. Harriet Taylor’s family moved to Bay County when she was eight years old and Harriet began third grade at none other than Springfield Elementary School. “It’s kind of cool that I got to start here and now I’m ending here.” she says with a proud smile, a Springfield tiger through and through.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”-Malcolm X Education can get you to a lot of places if you focus on it. Education got Bessie Coleman to becoming the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license and to stage a public flight in America. She still remains the pioneer of women aviation. Bessie Coleman is a black global leader because she was the first African American woman to earn a pilot 's license and stage a public flight in America.
Mary Mason Lyon, pioneer in women’s education, died on March 5, 1849, from a severe illness. While watching over a student in her care suffering from the disease, Mary Lyon contracted Erysipelas: an infectious skin disease. Only 52 years old, Mary Lyon died in her apartment after living a full and successful life.
For many people college is a time where they find themselves and become independent. That wasn’t really the case for my aunt, Lisa Dennis. She explained to me how her college experience was different than others because of the fact she didn’t go right out of highschool, but that doesn’t mean it was bad. She had to find her independence in other ways than going to college. Here’s a woman who couldn’t afford to go to college right out of high school, but was determined to work hard at her job and take classes part time.
Theresa Williams is my great grandmother the mother of my grandma Terri Williams and her two other sisters and brothers. Grandma Theresa was born in 1936 on July Thirty-first in Cleveland,Ohio. She spent most of her childhood in the Kinsman and Harvard area. Her parents are Elazora and John McMillan and Theresa had a total of eight siblings plus her makes nine children. Theresa is the fourth oldest of her siblings and the third of the girls.
Susan Brownell Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts on February 15, 1820 to Daniel and Lucy Read Anthony. She had an older sister and five younger siblings. Her parents were very strict, so instead of playing with toys, the children had to study and learn. Anthony had no desire to marry or have children, because the husband would then own all of her belongings including her