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.

 

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The Root: “9-Year-Old Va. Girl Collects Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age”

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I am so happy to post another article from The Root about another child making a difference. This little one is going to be a force to be reckoned with, with her big heart. Nine-years-old Gianni Graham from Norfolk, Va, is collecting Barbie dolls to give to young girls in homeless shelters around her area. The young girl decided to do this after Christmas. “I wanted to inspire them and give encouragement,” she said.

Graham’s goal is to collect a 1,000 dolls to give to 1,000 little girls like her. When she first started out she had five dolls, two of which she had received for Christmas. Since her story has picked up, she has received 500 dolls, but her goal hasn’t been reached just yet. I am just so proud of her and all the kids like her truly making a difference. The future looks brighter and brighter with kids like this setting a foundation of giving and caring. You can read the article in the link provided. You can also head on over to Graham’s site to donate dolls, 1kbarbiesfor1kgirls.

The Root: “9-Year-Old Va. Girl Collects Dolls for Homeless Girls Her Age”

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