Welcome February!

In this country, and around the world, we have been celebrating Black History Month since 1976. 

There are so many historical figures who have inspired me. Let’s start with our former Commander-in-chief Barrack Obama, our 44th president of the United States. He was the first African American to be elected to that office. Thank you for your service, Mr. President. We miss you and your family in the White House.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist. Dr. King led a nonviolent movement to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. “At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.“

Rosa Parks, the Civil rights activist, made history when she refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger. “ This brave woman, Rosa Parks, was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance, but her lonely act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America, and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.”

When Octavia E Butlter was growing up, she was told she couldn’t be a science fiction writer because she was black. “ Butler persevered with her writing and by her early 20s,

began getting her stories published. Today she is one of the best known and few African-American female science fictions writers in the field. “

 

 

“In New York City, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights.”

By the way, this just blows my mind. How was this kept a secret for all these years? Please read on. “On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn blasted off into space and became the first American to orbit Earth. Behind the scenes, thousands of engineers and mathematicians worked tirelessly to make NASA’s Friendship 7 mission a success. Historical photos show them as white men in crisp white shirts and ties — but we now know there’s more to that picture.

In her book Hidden Figures, author Margot Lee Shetterly gives name and voice to the African-American women who worked as human “computers” in the space program.

Last, but not least, Miss Oprah Winfrey. This American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur is one of my favorite icons, idols, you name it. Everyone knows and loves her, and she does not require an introduction. I began watching her show when I first moved to the USA. She became one of my favorite talk show hosts. For me, Oprah is the female version of God here on earth.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Miss O!

Enjoy the rest of the day! I will see you on my next update! XoXo