Bessie Coleman died doing what she loved as the first African American pilot to get their pilot 's license. She was born on January 26,1892, in Atlanta,TX. She is part African American and part Cherokee. She was the 10th out of 13 children to her mother Susan and her father, George Coleman. After 17 years of marriage, her father left her family because of all the immigration going on in the area and moved to Oklahoma.Her brothers left as well, leaving her mother and her four sisters.
In 1999, Chana Kai Lee wrote a biography, “For Freedom’s Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” to instill in her readers the life and torments African American’s had during the Civil Rights movement. Fannie Lou Hamer (born Townsend) was the last of twenty to two sharecroppers in Montgomery County, Mississippi, and after growing up working the fields in rural poverty, Fannie Lou married Perry Hamer in 1944. In 1962, she had a life-changing experience when she attempted to register to vote for the first time. Hamer, from then on, consumed herself in Civil Rights in every aspect even if she put herself in harm’s way. Fannie Lou Hamer’s first encounter with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was, in 1962, when they came to Ruleville,
Gary Schlack was born and raised in southeastern Michigan. His father “Big” Gary owned a small home repair business and was a veteran that served during the Vietnam War. His mother Karen was a homemaker and is the proud daughter of a Big Three tool-and-die machinist that served oversees during World War II. As a teenager, Gary was a regular volunteer in the community, led the debate team, and was elected class president his senior year of high school. After graduating from high school, Gary studied political science and secondary education at Michigan State University.
Jackie Robinson was born in January 31,1919. During his childhood, he had experience the feeling of segregation against the Americans and the African-Americans. Jackie Robinson spent his entire school years from elementary to middle and high school then to University of California, Los Angeles in a black community. Where he met his future wife Ms. Rachel Robinson who was studying for a bachelors of Nursing. After graduating from UCLA and graduated from Officer Candidate School in the Army, Jackie and Rachel got married and had a son.
The Fate of Lizzie Walker and Chuck Walker Elizabeth (Lorne) Walker was the youngest child of Charles and Elizabeth Lorne. She was born and raised in Okawville and lived there with her parents until they moved to East St. Louis. Lizzie married Henry Van Osdale in 1920, divorced him, and married him again in 1925. Their marriages were a tumultuous affair caused by a World War I head injury that led him to violent outbursts and insane jealousy. Her third marriage was to an immigrant from Switzerland who worked at the Chase Hotel.
The oldest of four children, Maxine Horner was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1933. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1951, she received a scholarship to attend Wiley Texas in Marshall, Texas. Due to financial problems, Horner was only able to acquire an associate’s degree in business from Wiley College. Nonetheless, she had her mind set on eventually finishing the last two years of college. Thus, after becoming more financially stable, she enrolled in Langston University as a woman in her fifties to pursue her bachelor’s degree.
She has a famous quote that says, “I may be the first woman in Congress, but I won’t be the last.” From her life, Rankin created many different organizations and some are still around today like the Antiwar and Center on Peace and Liberty. Along with these organizations, there has been a scholarship made in honor of Jeannette Rankin. It is called the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund. It was created to provide scholarships and support for low income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion (“History & Mission”). Since the creation of this fund, over $2.5 million in scholarships has been awarded to 1,000 women (“History &
He was the son of a North Carolina farmer and surveyor, James Knox Polk was ten years old when his family crossed the Appalachian Mountains. Growing up on the Tennessee frontier, he inherited his neighbors’ work ethic, resourcefulness, and democratic ideals(JamesPolk.com). James K. Polk then started to learn the work ethics. His mom soon, then began to teach them home schooling. After just two and a half years of formal schooling in Tennessee, Polk was admitted to the University of North Carolina as a sophomore, after he had graduated, he was determined to become a lawyer in Tennessee(biography.com).
Harriet lived next to Samuel Clemens or, Mark Twain, in Hartford Connecticut. Her husband, Calvin Stowe, was a theology professor. Unfortunately, like many parents in the 19-century, her 18-month old son, Samuel Charles Stowe, died of cholera. This crushing pain is what inspired Uncle Tom’s Cabin, it helped her understand the pain enslaved mothers must feel when their children are taken away from them. Her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was translated into over 60 languages and sold over 300,000 copies in its first year of being
For fifteen years, I put my heart, effort, and soul into my band Murky Waters. I made it into a career that supports my wife, my stepdaughter, and my parents. Murky Waters is what saved my family and me from poverty in the ghetto of Warsaw, Poland, and it’s what saved me from giving up on life entirely before I met my wife. I met her only a year after Murky Waters began and she was introduced to me by my best friend and drummer, Tony. Anka was two months pregnant with my stepdaughter, Antonia, at the time we met.
Ruby Bridges was born on September 8,1954 in Tylertown , Mississippi when Ruby was 4 years old her and parents Abon and Lucille Bridges, moved to New Orleans for a better lifestyles in a big city. Her father had a job as a gas station Attendant her mother had night jobs to support their growing family. Ruby soon had Two younger brothers and a younger sister. It just happened to be that Ruby was born the same year as Brown v. Board of Education. When she was is kindergarten she was one of the many African-American Who were in New Orleans that were chosen to take a test to determine whether she can Attend an all whites school.
In 1988 Kingsolver wrote and published her first book, The Bean Trees, while pregnant with her first daughter, Camille Hoffman. Due to Kingsolver’s building frustrations with the United States’ involvement in the first Gulf War, she moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year. Soon after she and her daughter returned to the United States, Kingsolver and Hoffman divorced. In 2004 Kingsolver moved to a farm in Washington County, Virginia with her second husband, Steven Hopp, and their teenage daughter, Lily Hopp, where they currently live to this day. In 1998, Kingsolver published The Poisonwood Bible.
Becky Lynn Struck is a 39 year old wife and caretaker of my dad and I, plus our 3 bulldogs. She graduated from Poynette high school in 1995, she is still friends with many of her high school friends today ,and many of them had kids who are now my friends. Mom did go to college but only for a semester, then she decided to get a job instead. She has one brother, Jason, who lives in Pewaukee with his two kids, they haven’t seen or talked to each other in 10 years. Then my grandparents, John and Cheryl live over by the Mackenzie Center, in the same house my mom grew up in.
Kenney Freshman and Junior because she focus more on her books Sophomore year. While she focus on school, her brother Michael and John were in the Army. She explained the tragic times in the ‘Fifties dealing with the Vietnam War. Michael was drafted in his senior year when Theresa was a Freshman. After Theresa graduated from high school she soon became a hair beautician.
To sum things up Ruby Bridges rose above the prejudice people, faced her fears, and found strength in her faith. Ruby Bridges was born on September, 8,1954, and currently 62 years of age. She has 4 boys and is married to Malcolm Hall.Also in front of the William Frantz Public school in New Orleans, they put a statue of Ruby Bridges in 2014. Meanwhile Ruby received the Presidential Citizens medal in 2001 by Bill Clinton.Later, Ruby reunited with Mrs. Henry, Ruby’s old teacher. Ruby worked as a travel agent for 15 years but now is a stay home mom.