Black History Month Spotlight
Happy Black History Month!
I won't lie, many years in the past I let Black History Month Past without taking the time to reflect on the significance. Outside of Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I didn't learn much of our history in school. As an adult, I know it is a huge disservice to deny people access to Black history; as it is integral to American history.
Plainly put, without Black people there would be no American history to study. Though this may sound like an exaggeration to some; it is the facts they don't teach in History class.
To celebrate Black History Month, and help to do my part educating people on our history and contribution; I will have weekly Black History Month Spotlights! Something that never goes out of style is being educated! So, this month will all about blackness; its beauty, importance, and relevance to the world.
This weeks spotlights:
Carter G. Woodson - Father of Black History Month
-Historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
-Completed his PhD in history at Harvard University in 1912; where he was the second African American (after W. E. B. Du Bois) to earn a doctorate
-In 1916, Woodson began publication of the scholarly Journal of Negro History. It has never missed an issue, despite the Great Depression, loss of support from foundations, and two World Wars
- In 1926, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week"
Black Wall Street- For Us, By Us
-Tulsa, Oklahoma, otherwise known as Black Wall Street
-During the oil boom of the 1910s, the Greenwood, Oklahoma, a suburb in Tulsa, contained nearly 200 of thriving black-owned businesses in a 35-square-block district
-Greenwood Avenue was once lined with hotels, restaurants, furriers, and even an early taxi service using a Ford Model T Nearly 200
-until the Tulsa Race Riot, where one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history occurred. More than 800 were injured, and over 6000 black residents were detained and arrested. The Oklahoma Bureau of Vital Statistics reported 39 had died in the riot while the American Red Cross reported 300
Tracey Africa Norman - Black Trans Pioneer
-was the 1st black, trans model
-Posed for Avon, Clairol & Vogue Italia in the 70s.
-In 1980, an editor at Essence discovered her birth sex and tried to derail her career. Tracey, however, moved to Paris...and signed with Balenciaga
-In 2016 Norman and Geena Rocero became the first two openly transgender models to appear on the cover of an edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
Thank you for reading; I hope you found this post insightful and inspiring! Make sure to check in weekly this month to see who will be featured next. Sign up to become a Styles with Grace member to receive email notifications of new content! Follow me on instgram @styleswithgrace for updates.
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