Sarah Childress was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on September 4 1803. She was born at a time when few girls went to school; But Sarah was given the rare gift of an education. That gift would pay off after she married James K Polk. Sarah and James had no children, so Sarah worked behind the scenes to help his husband achieve success. In 1845, James became the 11th president of the United States and Sarah become America 's first
8-Steptima Poinsette Clark-Born on May 3rd,1898 in Charleston,South Carolina,Steptima is another african american woman who helped African american get the rights to vote. Her father had been born a slave. Both of her parent heavely encouraged her to get a good eduation. After attending public shool,she attended Avery Normal Institude,a private school for african americans. She tried to be a teacher,but since Charleston did not hire african americans to teach it`s public schools,so instead she became a teacher at South Carolina`s Johns Island in 1916.
The life of the woman who accomplished what seemed to be impossible back during her lifetime, Winifred Merrill, begins in the year of 1862 on September 24 in the lovely city of Ripon, Wisconsin. Who her parents were and if she had any other family members or siblings is unknown. Throughout her youth, Merrill had the utmost pleasure of being educated privately which took her into her first years of college, the first college she attended was all the way in Massachusetts which was Wellesley College. After a couple years until 1883, she received her bachelor 's degree and bounced from Wellesley to Harvard University for about a year then bounced again to Columbia University where she remained and worked to get her PHD. Although Merrill was also
The Pineywood Country Life School started by Dr. Laurence C. Jones gave opportunity to girls and boys who were were socioeconomically disadvantaged. It was Jones’ vision to create the band which could help fundraise the schools economic needs. The school is now the largest African-American boarding school. According to Cathy Hughes, Dr. Jones’s granddaughter, Dr. Jones’ sister was a music teacher who taught Coleman Hawkins how to play. Although the band she played in was established long before the 1940’s this is the time that they were noticed and became “popular”.
As children, we were taught that Betsy Ross was the woman to thank for the flag that we see today. Betsy Ross was a seamstress for a living and she was not nationally known until George Washington himself came to her and asked her to make the first flag. At
At the Smithfield Court Community Center on Sept. 30 the Smithfield Court/ Elyton Walk club acknowledged Miles College senior social work major Tiffany Taylor who was presented a $5,802 scholarship from the Housing Authority Birmingham District. Taylor decided at an early age that she wanted to further her education. She has seen many people from her neighborhood lose their lives from being in the streets and didn 't want to be another statistic. Miles College was her first choice because it is a Historically Black College and University. "To further my education at a HBCU means that I am receiving the best education by teachers who look just like me."
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born February 4th 1913 in Tuskegee Alabama. Her Mother Leona was a teacher and father James McCauley was a carpenter. She completed high school at the age of twenty and married Raymond Parker a Barber in 1932, she had no children. She had one sibling, a brother called Sylvester. Rosa had many jobs which included been a secretary in the NAACP, a seamstress in a local department store and in the summer of 1955 she attended the highlander Folk school, an education centre for activism in workers’ rights and racial equality in Monteagle
When she was in her teens her parents got a divorce. Her mom raised five kids by herself, and she still took college courses in her spare time. Ellen Ochoa attended to Grossmont High School where she found her love for the sciences. She graduated from high school in 1975 as valedictorian. Earning a four year scholarship to Stanford, she wanted to stay close to family.
Then attended Mount Holyoke College. She received her BA in 1902 and joined the Nationals’ Consumers League. Which is an organization that worked to abolish child labor and the sweatshop system. She was unable to hold her dream job in New York as a family visitor with the Charity Organization Society in New York City. Therefore, she taught at an all girls’ school in New England.
During the nineteenth century, Harriet Tubman was one of 1,538,000 brave people enduring the slave life (10). Tubman was born with the name Araminta Ross, but once she became a teenager, she decided that Harriet was a better name for her. Thinking she was an average-looking slave, and being only five feet tall with short, crinkly black hair, deep brown eyes, and big lips, she decided a common slave name suited her well (21). Slavery not only took away freedom from the African-Americans, but it also took away their individuality. Tubman no longer felt she could live with the name she had been given because she thought it made her unique, which she believed she was not.
She went to a public school at age eleven and later dropped out to take care of her grandma. In 1932 Rosa married Raymond Parks who encouraged her to return to high school. She got her high school diploma and later went to a secondary school for negroes. Rosa said “God provided me with the strength I needed at the precise time when conditions were ripe for change." Rosa was aware of segregation and was involved in civil rights.
Her family was sharecroppers and Walker’s mother was a maid. The family was very poor. She went to segregated schools and then graduated at the top of her class. With the help of a scholarship she attended Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. Her early childhood experiences led her to poetry and writing novels.