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Frederick Douglass – Intelligent

Intelligent – having or showing intelligence, especially of a high level.

Frederick Douglass is one of the most well-known human rights leaders in the anti-slavery movement and the first African-American citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank. He is also a famed author and orator.

Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass was selected to live in the home of his plantation owners, one of whom they say could have been his father. Eventually Frederick was sent to Hugh Auld’s Baltimore home, which is where he learned to read and write. Auld forbade his wife from teaching Frederick anymore, but he continued to have a zeal for learning.

Later, Douglass became an abolitionist as well as a women’s rights activist. He published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime. He also produced some abolitionist newspapers: The North StarFrederick Douglass WeeklyFrederick Douglass’ PaperDouglass’ Monthly and New National Era. In 1848, he was the only African American to attend the first women’s rights convention in New York.

When I think of Frederick Douglass I think of intelligence. Is there any surprise why?

One and God make the majority. – Frederick Douglass

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Ode to Black History

Just like Maya

I wish I could write

I wish my words

Would inspire others to join the fight

 

Like Harriet

I wish I was brave

I’d be so legit

Leading to freedom, today’s modern slaves

 

I wish I could dream

Like Langston or Martin

I’d come up with great things

To have a part in

 

And if I was bold

Like Angela Davis

I’d be like Sojourner Truth

I’d be courageous

 

Or maybe I’d want to be immovable

Like Rosa Parks

I’d want even my sitting

To light a spark

 

Or what if I could speak

Like Mr. Frederick Douglass

I’d be able to voice the truth

For so many of us

 

And if like W.E.B. DuBois or Carter G. Woodson

I was smart

I would know where to end

I would know where to start

 

Yet if I was like Hattie McDaniel

I’d play my part

I’d create and cultivate

I’d perfect my art

 

If I were a strong leader like Malcolm

With the influence of Martin

Maybe I would soften some hearts

That have been hardened

 

But even if I’m just Chanel

With limitations

I can still do my part

To motivate this nation

 

If black history

Means so much to me

I’d put into practice

All that I could be

 

I’d learn from their examples

And I’d do my best

I would be who that had in mind

When they were on their quests

 

 

 

 

 

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Hattie McDaniel – Groundbreaking

wg_cracked_surface_texture_6.jpgGroundbreaking – breaking new ground; innovative; pioneering.

Hattie McDaniel became one of the first African American women to sing on radio by the 1920s. She became the first African American to win an oscar for her supporting role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind” in 1940. An amazing feat seeing as though all of the film’s black actors were barred from attending the film’s premiere held in Atlanta, Ga.

McDaniel underwent scrutiny from the black community. They believed the she further perpetuated the stereotype of the African American as nothing more than a menial worker. However, by 1947, she starred on CBS radio’s The Beulah Show. Although she played a maid she managed to use her talents to break racial stereotypes.

Unfortunately, McDaniel suffered a heart attack around the same time they began filming a television version of the show. Actress Louise Beavers took over her role, which had initially been played by Ethel Waters.

McDaniel has been posthumously awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in addition to being inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Is there any reason to think anything other than groundbreaking when you think of Hattie McDaniel?

I did my best, and God did the rest. – Hattie McDaniel

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