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BLACK HISTORY

gwendolyn hodges
BLACK HISTORY

February is the shortest month of the YEAR and the only month that is dedicated to...

BLACK HISTORY.  I find this fact to be FUNNY!!!   I CELEBRATE my HISTORY daily!  I was raised to know my worth and to be proud and aware of where and whom I come from.  I am so proud to be BLACK.  Below are a few photos representing GREATNESS!

 

 

 "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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 The first BLACK President of the United States of America

The first BLACK President of the United States of America

 Beautiful Talented Black Women.

Beautiful Talented Black Women.

 5 sitting Presidents 

5 sitting Presidents 

 James Baldwin

James Baldwin

 Yara Shahidi an actress, model and activist  

Yara Shahidi an actress, model and activist
 

 Our first couple 1st Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama   

Our first couple 1st Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama

 

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 The First Black Fashion Model: Helen Williams  Too Black for America.  It was the French that embraced her 1st.  There were others before her but none who crossed over into the mainstream.  Born in East Riverton, New Jersey in 1937  She was spotted by Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr. at the age of 17  Ms. Williams modeled for Ebony and Jet magazine. She was most popular in Paris and modeled for famous fashion houses like Dior.  This journey to be accepted in the modeling world was an uphill battle for Helen and she never gave up fighting for the rights of future BLACK models.       

The First Black Fashion Model: Helen Williams

Too Black for America.  It was the French that embraced her 1st.  There were others before her but none who crossed over into the mainstream.  Born in East Riverton, New Jersey in 1937  She was spotted by Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr. at the age of 17  Ms. Williams modeled for Ebony and Jet magazine. She was most popular in Paris and modeled for famous fashion houses like Dior.  This journey to be accepted in the modeling world was an uphill battle for Helen and she never gave up fighting for the rights of future BLACK models.

 

  

 Helen Williams first Black Model

Helen Williams first Black Model

 Helen Williams first Black Model

Helen Williams first Black Model

 Ann Cole Lowe Fashion Designer   Born in Alabama 1898.  Ann Cole Lowe was the first African American to become a noted fashion designer.  Mrs. Lowes designs were a one-of-a-kind among self-titled high society matrons during the 1920s to 1960s.  In 1953 Mrs. Lowe designed the silk ivory taffeta wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier when she married John F. Kennedy  Almer mater S.T. Taylor Design School.  In 1917 Ann moved to Ne York with her son.  She enrolled in the design school.  As the school was segregated, Ann was required to attend classes in a room alone.  After graduating in 1919, Ann and her son moved to Tampa, Fl.  The following year, she opened her first dress salon, called Ann Cohen.  The salon catered to members of high society and quickly became a success.  Having saved $20,000 from her earnings, Ann returned to NYC in 1928.  For a time she worked on commission for stores such as Henri Bendel, Chez Sonia, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.  In 1946, she designed the dress that Olivia de Havilland wore to accept the Academy Award for Best Actress for  "To Each His Own",  although the name on the dress was Sonia Rosenberg.  As she was not getting credit for her work, Ann and her son opened a second salon, "Ann Lowe's Gowns" in New York City on Lexington Avenue in 1950.  This salon was also a success. The Saturday Evening Post later called Ann Lowe "society's best-kept secret".  Over the course of her career, Ann created designs for several generations of the Auchinclosses, the Rockefellers, the Lodges, the Du Ponts, the Post and the Biddles.  In 1953, she was hired to design a wedding dress for the Future First Lady Jaqueline Bouvier and the dresses for her bridal attendants for her September wedding to then-Senator John F. Kennedy.  Ann was commissioned by Janet Auchincloss, the mother of the bride.  In 1968 after recovering from a few health battles and financial woes, Ann open another salon on Madison Avenue called "Ann Lowe Originals".  Ann Cole Lowe retired in 1972.      

Ann Cole Lowe Fashion Designer 

Born in Alabama 1898.  Ann Cole Lowe was the first African American to become a noted fashion designer.  Mrs. Lowes designs were a one-of-a-kind among self-titled high society matrons during the 1920s to 1960s.  In 1953 Mrs. Lowe designed the silk ivory taffeta wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier when she married John F. Kennedy

Almer mater S.T. Taylor Design School.  In 1917 Ann moved to Ne York with her son.  She enrolled in the design school.  As the school was segregated, Ann was required to attend classes in a room alone.  After graduating in 1919, Ann and her son moved to Tampa, Fl.  The following year, she opened her first dress salon, called Ann Cohen.  The salon catered to members of high society and quickly became a success.  Having saved $20,000 from her earnings, Ann returned to NYC in 1928.  For a time she worked on commission for stores such as Henri Bendel, Chez Sonia, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.  In 1946, she designed the dress that Olivia de Havilland wore to accept the Academy Award for Best Actress for "To Each His Own", although the name on the dress was Sonia Rosenberg.  As she was not getting credit for her work, Ann and her son opened a second salon, "Ann Lowe's Gowns" in New York City on Lexington Avenue in 1950.  This salon was also a success. The Saturday Evening Post later called Ann Lowe "society's best-kept secret".  Over the course of her career, Ann created designs for several generations of the Auchinclosses, the Rockefellers, the Lodges, the Du Ponts, the Post and the Biddles.  In 1953, she was hired to design a wedding dress for the Future First Lady Jaqueline Bouvier and the dresses for her bridal attendants for her September wedding to then-Senator John F. Kennedy.  Ann was commissioned by Janet Auchincloss, the mother of the bride.  In 1968 after recovering from a few health battles and financial woes, Ann open another salon on Madison Avenue called "Ann Lowe Originals".  Ann Cole Lowe retired in 1972.   

 

 Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte  Eartha Kitt was fluent in French during her long years performing in Europe.    

Eartha Kitt and Harry Belafonte

Eartha Kitt was fluent in French during her long years performing in Europe. 

 

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 Carter G Woodson-December 1875- April 3, 1950  An American Historian, Author, Journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.  A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Mr. Woodson has been cited as the father of BLACK HISTORY.  In February 1926 he launched the celebration of Negro History Week, the precursor of BLACK HISTORY MONTH.  Education: Berea College (B. Litt 1903) University of Chicago (A.B., A.M. 1908)  Harvard University (Ph.D. 1912)  Occupation: Historian   

Carter G Woodson-December 1875- April 3, 1950

An American Historian, Author, Journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  He was one of the first scholars to study African-American history.  A founder of The Journal of Negro History in 1916, Mr. Woodson has been cited as the father of BLACK HISTORY.  In February 1926 he launched the celebration of Negro History Week, the precursor of BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

Education: Berea College (B. Litt 1903) University of Chicago (A.B., A.M. 1908)  Harvard University (Ph.D. 1912)

Occupation: Historian

 

 Kuumba House- Black United Students 1st Black Culture Center 1969, where many events of the 1st Black History Month celebrations took place. 

Kuumba House- Black United Students 1st Black Culture Center 1969, where many events of the 1st Black History Month celebrations took place. 

 An Ernie Pryor original painting dedicated to the Black United Students@ Kent State University.  One of a series of murals covering the walls of the Center of Pan-Africa Culture at Kent State University's Oscar Ritchie Hall.

An Ernie Pryor original painting dedicated to the Black United Students@ Kent State University.  One of a series of murals covering the walls of the Center of Pan-Africa Culture at Kent State University's Oscar Ritchie Hall.