Every time I revisit the story about Ruby Bridges it reminds me of all the children who suffered, like myself as well, so much prejudice and discrimination and bias from those whose duty it was to nurture and protect.
Before Madam C.J. Walker there was Annie Turnbo Malone, " The Forgotten Entrepreneur" (1869-1957) A chemist and entrepreneur, Annie Turnbo Malone became a millionaire by successfully developing and marketing hair products for black women in St. Louis. She used her wealth to promote the advancement of African Americans and gave away most of her money to charity.
A rare photograph of a group of women sitting on piles of cotton with two white male overseers. Entitled "Freedom on the Plantation" circa 1863-1866. Robin Stanford Collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.
Amy Jacques Garvey (1895-1973) Garvey, the second wife of black nationalist Marcus Garvey, was a daunting intellectual and social activist in her own right. A gifted journalist, she worked as a columnist for Negro World in Harlem and often discussed the intersectionality of race, gender and class as it pertained to black women.
6/12/14 Ruby Dee (and Ossie Davis). Most recently, Mrs. Dee performed her one-woman stage show, "My One Good Nerve: A Visit With Ruby Dee," in theaters across the country. The show was a compilation of some of the short stories, humor and poetry in her book of the same title. Ruby Dee dies at 91 years of age. She is survived by three children: Nora, Hasna and Guy, and seven grandchildren. #RIP