Bessie Stringfield Woman Motorcyclist in the 1920s

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I literally just learned of her and I am still amazed. A Black woman motorcyclist in the 1920s! This is what little girls need to know about. I wish I could do her story justice so I will give you a small summary. Bessie Stringfield was adopted by an Irish family as a young girl and as she got older she loved motorcycles. Of course her mom thought it was unlady like but her parents came around and got her a motorcycle at the age of 16. This young girl from that point on to adulthood rode her motorcycle everywhere. Let’s not forget this is the 1920s so she experienced racism and sexism, she learned how to repair her motorcycle herself, sometimes she even had to sleep on it. Another tidbit, this woman is traveling to different states without Google Maps, MapQuest, and this before real roads were created. She also ended up motorcycling important documents from state to state. See doesn’t that fascinate you?! Well you can learn more about her story in a cartoon format here: RejectedPrincesses.Tumblr. You can learn more about her in the AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame.

 

The Root: 11-Year-Old Girl Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks, a Book Drive Dedicated to Black Girl Characters in Books

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Okay I could not not post this awesome article from The Root. This 11-year-old beauty has just started the blueprint for how awesome an asset she will be to her generation and the generation after.

Philly native Marley Dias, an avid book reader noticed something missing in the books she read: little girls like her. I laughed when she told her mom she was tired of reading about white boys and their dog.

No shade, but there are only so many books you can handle about a white boy and his dog, horse, cat, hamster–you get the gist.

Her mother asked her what she was going to do about it and the intelligent 11-year old had an answer: start a book drive featuring books with black girl leads. This makes my heart swell with pride. She made her answer a reality and began the #1000blackgirlsbooks.

I am basically summarizing the article lol, but she has raised 400 books and is looking to raise 1,000 by February to send them to St.Marys, Jamaica, where her mother is from.

You get all the details and more from the article here: The Root.

Let’s support and celebrate this little girl who is simply amazing. So proud of her and her mother.

The picture is courtesy of the The root.

Young Girl Brings History to Life

This post is just too cute for words. A father and daughter duo decides to dress up the daughter as women in history who have made their impact on America. I mean this is too cute for words. We must tell our girls about their place in history as young girls and young girls who will become women. So enjoy the picture below and you can check out the article in the link below. The little girls is too gorgeous for words.

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Must-See: This Dad Took Photos of His Daughter Dressed as History-Making Women

Zimbabwe’s 1st Woman Flight Deck Crew

My sisters in Zimbabwe are making history with the first all woman flight deck crew!!!!! This is amazing the captains Chipo M Matimba and Elizabeth Simbi Petros flew from Harare to Victoria Falls in the Boeing 737-200. Talk about amazing! Niger also has made history with Lieutenant Ouma Laouali being its first woman pilot to serve in the country’s armed Forces. It’s great to see these inspiriting women doing their thing and inspiring the next generation. Women can do everything and anything and this is another great way to promote womanpower. Blessings to these women and their achievements, may they achieve more things. Below will be a link to the full article. Source for the pictures is ThisisAfrica.

Captain Elizabeth Simbi Petros (L) and Captain Chipo M. Matimba (R) Photo: Air Zimbabwe

Read the full article Here.

R.I.P Maya Angelou

When I first heard the news all I could do was cry. Like this women is more than a celebrity, she is motivational, inspirational, a world class act. Angelou’s life had a tragic beginning, she was raped at the age of 7-years-old, but who she became is amazing. God gifted this woman with the impeccable talent of words. Some call her a wordsmith, which is very accurate. She could take simple words and weave them together to create a long-standing masterpiece. When I read her poem Phenomenal Woman, I wondered what she looked like, especially since in the poem she downplayed her looks. But when I saw her I couldn’t understand because she was beautiful. Inside and out. I understand now, her outside beauty was just the icing on the cake, her very being, her very essence, her spirit, her core, made her so much more than a pretty face. She was a phenomenal woman indeed, who encouraged other women to be phenomenal as well regardless of what others around them said or did.

She was a student of knowledge, but she never kept any to herself, she shared it with people from all walks of life in many different languages. Watching her Master Class on the OWN network, I felt inspired even more. I truly believe that her name will never disappear, she will be the Shakespeare the next generations will read, she will be Edgar Allen Poe, and the next generation will study and mirror their styles after. She will live on forever.

Thank you Maya Angelou for sharing your heart, talent, and words of wisdom with all of those. R.I.P beautiful.

Spotlight of the Day: Nadia Lewis & Jamila Ahmed

Two Fresno debaters Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed made history by being the first African-America women to win first and second place in a public policy debate in the Henry Clay Invitational Debate. Super awesome victory for these two young women.

Check out the stories below:

http://www.forharriet.com/2013/11/black-female-debaters-make-history.html

http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2013/11/two-fresno-state-students-debaters-make-history

Black girls do indeed rock! 🙂

 

 

 

Shirley Chisholm: First black Congresswoman

I know today is the 6th.

On this day in history, Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress.
On November 5th 1968, she was elected to represent New York’s 12th District and went on to maintain that seat for seven terms until 1983.
Born in New York the daughter of West Indian parents, Chisholm is known for using her political career to fight for social justice and education.
In 1969, Chisholm became one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. She then went on to become the first African American to make a bid to become President of the United States — running for a Democratic nomination in 1972.
Chisholm died in 2005, however in 2004 she said about her legacy, “I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.”

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