Benjamin “Pap” Singleton was an African-American civil rights activist and successful businessman integral to the beginnings of black nationalism. He greatly influenced the resettlement of thousands of African-Americans to Kansas, know as the “Great Exodus,” after the ending of Reconstruction. There he advocated for black-owned businesses and fought to improve black communities through providing education and jobs. Youth and Freedom Benjamin Singleton was born into slavery somewhere around Nashville, Tennessee in 1809. During his youth he trained and worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker.
Frederick Douglass’s life is living proof of the injustice that took place in slavery. His life exemplified dehumanization on a daily basis. Blacks were not shown as “humans” at this day and age, as Frederick’s life is an example of the cruel practices of slavery. His life shows the significance of the many struggles that were brought upon him and other slaves for human and civil rights. Douglass grew up on captain Anthony’s plantation with hundreds of other slaves.
Mary Molly Haydock but was often known as Mary Reibey and the lady on the twenty-dollar note. She was an Englishwoman who went from a convict to one of the most successful businesswomen in the colony of New South Wales. Reibey was born on the 12th May 1777 in Bury, Lancashire, England; Mary Reibey and was orphaned at only age of two so she was raised by her grandmother after her parents had died.
Mary Dyer was born in England in 1611. She married William Dyer and went to Massachusetts in 1635. She was a good friend with Anne Hutchinson and shared the same views; they were Quakers. She was the mother of 8 children, two died shortly after birth. Mary had a stillborn daughter that was deformed and they buried in secret, because it was believer that either if a women preached or listen to a woman preacher their child would be deformed or that the deformed child was consequences of the parents sins.
Mary Flora Bell was born May 26, 1957 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom and is still alive today. Mary, as we all know her, was called The Tyneside Strangler. Mary strangled two boys, ages 3 and 4, to death in 1968. She was 10 years old – this occurred the day before her 11th birthday. In December of 1968, Mary was convicted of manslaughter for the 2 killings.
Future poet Lucy Terry was born in West Africa. The exact date of her birth is unknown, though it is thought she might have been born as early as the 1720s. Historical records on Lucy’s life are extremely limited and thus details of her history have been taken away from scholarly research and conjecture. Lucy was captured when she was a very young girl by slave traders who brought her to Rhode Island. There she was believed to have been first bought by Samuel Terry, who lived in Enfield, Connecticut.
A superintendent, Gus Sayer, from South Hadley High School informed the staff and students about the fifteen year old Phoebe Prince's death. However, the small town of South Hadley already knew Phoebe Prince was dead. The message about Phoebe Prince’s death was sent out on Thursday and by Friday there was a student-run candlelight vigil on the school's softball field. Local papers began to say students knew Phoebe Prince was miserable at school. These local papers had horrible headlines such as “Teenager Bullied to Death” and “...Phoebe Prince 15, Suspected of Committing Suicide Because of Bullying”.
The Governmental Legend of the South “What the people want is very simple they want an America as good its promised. “Barbara’s parents were Arlyne and Benjamin she had two older sisters, Bernie and Rose Mary. Barbara was born on February 21, 1936.Barabra was a critized by her parents by not speaking correct English. They urged her to become a music director or a teacher, because they said that was only good for a black women at the time. Her sister did become a music teacher.
Katherine Dunham was a revolutionary African American anthropologist, choreographer and dancer of the twentieth century. Dunham was born on June 22, to an African American father and a French Canadian mother in Chicago 1909. In her early life, Dunham pursued and earned her bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in anthropology while pursuing dance as a topic of interest at the University of Chicago. She originally attended college at the request of her family, whom persuaded her into a teaching career. She later, became the first African American women to attend and earn these degrees at the school.
Mary Eliza Mahoney was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts (Logan & Winston, 2007). This is in the time era of slavery, and the time era when blacks had to face discrimination every day of their lives. Gates and Higginbotham (2008) said Mahoney was the oldest, wisest, and most strong- willed of the three children her parents Charles Mahoney and Mary Jane Steward had. There is very little known about Mary Mahoney’s parents, “North Carolina natives and possibly former slaves at the time who migrated North prior to the civil war seeking a less racially discriminatory environment soon after their marriage”. (p.362)