Shirley Chisholm (Tap to Play Audio) | 📍Animation by @DavidandCorrin Shirley Chisholm was an educator, politician and author, and the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s Twelfth Congressional District for seven terms. She is best known, perhaps, for becoming the first black candidate for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1972.
Garrett Morgan (Tap to play audio) 📍Animation by @davidandcorrin Garrett Morgan - Inventor and community leader. Born in Claysville, KY, in 1877, Garrett Morgan is best known for inventing the respiratory protective hood which would later become the modern-day gas mask, as well as the three-position traffic light.
Jane Bolin (Tap to play audio) 📍Animation by @davidandcorrin “We have to fight every inch of the way and in the face of sometimes insufferable humiliations.” - Jane Bolin In 1931, Jane Bolin graduated from Yale Law School as the first African American female to earn a law degree from the institution. Eight years later, in July of 1939, she would make world news being sworn in as the first African American female judge of the United States of America. For 40 years, she served on New York's Family Court, advocating for children and families and fighting for the rights and education of children.
Medgar Evers (Tap to play) 📍Animation by @davidandcorrin "When we get this unity, nothing can stop us. We're going to win this fight for freedom." A civil rights activist from Decatur, Mississippi, Medgar Evers was a WW2 veteran and an NAACP Field Secretary who fought for education reform, desegregation and procuring voting rights for African-Americans. By 1955, he was the single most visible civil rights leader in the state of Mississippi, making him a constant victim of death threats. Evers pursuit of racial equality continued until his assassination on June 12, 1963 - the night of JFK's nationally televised Civil Rights Address. His legacy of fighting for freedom, however, continues. @NAACP
(Tap to play animation) Richard Pryor was the physical manifestation of comedy. He was brash but brazen, unapologetic in his stand-ups, yet always sincere. He was more than black, and he was more than a comedian. He was a philosopher. #RichardPryor #Animation #BlackHistoryMonth #OurHistoryIsYourHistory #Drawing #Illustration #BlackHistory
Henrietta Lacks was a Virginian tobacco farmer who lost her life from a cancerous tumor in 1951. From this tumor the first 'immortal' cells, cells that could grow indefinitely, would become used for groundbreaking scientific research. Better known as HeLa cells, they became essential in developing the polio vaccine and other landmarks in scientific. #BlackHistoryMonth #HenriettaLacks #OurHistoryIsYourHistory #DavidandCorrin
(Tap to play) - The Scottsboro Boys were 9 African American teens accused of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931. The legal cases that followed led to a string of rulings that focused on wrongful convictions and the right to a fair trial. #ScottsboroBoys #Justice #blackhistorymonth #ourhistoryisyourhistory
Mamie Till (Tap to Play Audio) | 📍Animation by @DavidandCorrin "I think everybody needed to know what had happened to Emmett Till." The strength of Mamie Till left an enduring impact on our history to this day. In 1955, her son, Emmett Till was beaten, mutilated and murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi, for whistling at a white women. Upon receiving the news, it was her resolute decision to have an open casket funeral, determined to make this story known to the world. After her sons killers were acquitted of the murder and the government offered no help, she took her fight from the court to the people of America. The death of Emmett Till, and the determination of Mamie Till, ignited the Civil Rights Movement. As we honor Mamie Till, we can’t forget about the countless mothers and fathers around the world today facing similar injustices of vigilantism and police brutality. @amhistorymuseum @nmaahc @ebonymagazine
Jean-Michael Basquiat (Tap to play audio) 📍Animation by @davidandcorrin His name has been mentioned in the lyrics of countless rappers, but what made Brooklyn-based painter Jean-Michael Basquiat so special was his prolific output of socially conscious pieces that brilliantly commented on society, race and class. @basquiatart
The Supremes (Tap to play audio) 📍Animation by @davidandcorrin The Supremes, began as the Primettes in Motor City (Detroit, Michigan) in 1959. Not only were they among the most successful of Motown’s acts, but at their peak in the mid-1960s they rivaled only the Beatles in worldwide popularity. The Supremes, with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, remain America’s most successful vocal group of all-time. | @motownrecords @billboard @traceeellisross
Brown V. Board of Education (Tap to play audio) 📍Animation by @davidandcorrin On May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court ruled, in the landmark court case Brown v. Board of Education, that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. Even then, many states, including Virginia began campaigns to block and prevent public school segregation through a strategy known as massive resistance