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Fredi Washington: "You see I'm a mighty proud gal and I can't for the life of me, find any valid reason why anyone should lie about their origin or anything else for that matter. Frankly, I do not ascribe to the stupid theory of white supremacy and to try to hide the fact that I am a Negro for economic or any other reasons, if I do I would be agreeing to be a Negro makes me inferior and that I have swallowed whole hog all of the propaganda dished out by our fascist-minded white citizens."

Fredi Washington - The Imitation of Life... I don't think so.

Frenchwoman Nathalie Sergueiew, alias "Treasure", was one of many agents who double-crossed the Germans during WW2. In Berlin she was taught espionage skills such as secret ink writing, ciphers and radio telegraphy. However, she was secretly opposed to the Nazis. She reached Britain via Spain in 1943 and from then on her contacts in the Abwehr believed her to be loyally spying on the British for them. In reality, she was sending them deliberately misleading messages composed by MI5.

PATRICIA BATH, (Nov.4, 1942-Present) Inventor - In 1981 she began work on the "Laserphaco Probe." It utilized a laser and two tubes, one of which served for irrigation and the other for suctions (aspiration). The laser was used to make a small incision in the eye and the laser would quickly vaporize the cataracts. She was the 1st Black person to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1970. Her parents instilled within her a feeling of opportunity and excitement for her future.

Patricia Bath - Great Female Inventors

Princess Kouka of Sudan, she starred alongside Paul Robeson in the 1937 film Jericho. She looks so modern!

Before there was Beverly Johnson, Jayne Kennedy, Halle Berry, Rhianna, or Tyra Banks, there was Marpessa Dawn. Beauty that took your breath away. "Black Orpheus" 1959.

Marpessa Dawn, 74, Co-Star of ‘Black Orpheus,’ Is Dead

Jet magazine, March 10, 1955 — Dorothy Dandridge's Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge was only the third African American to receive a nomination in any category, and the first to be nominated for Best Actress. Grace Kelly won that year for The Country Girl. It would take another 46 years before an African American would win Best Actress (Halle Berry in 2001's Monster's Ball).

'Biddy Mason. Great story. Born a slave in 1818, her owners got converted to Mormonism and headed west. The other Mormons pressured her owner to free her, but he wouldn't. So she fought for her OWN freedom in California court, and won. Then she became a nurse and midwife, one of the first black land owners in LA, amassed 300k which she gave liberally to charities, and founded churches, schools, and aid societies."

Hazel Scott - (1920-1981) Jazz Musician. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, she began playing piano at the age of two. Hazel began formal music training after the family had moved to the United States in 1924 and recieved 6 scholarships to Julliard School of Music - which she had to turn down as she was only 14. During the early 1950s, she became the first black woman to have her own television show, but due to accusations of being a communist; her show was canceled.

American military nurses in Paris, August 26th 1944

Angela Bassett, actress. ....who should have won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in "What's Love Got To Do With It?".... just sayin'. However, she was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the film.

Hot Daily - Angela Bassett

A 104-year-old Holocaust survivor holds up the concentration camp uniform she used to have to wear.

Nov 4th 2014

Working Out Her Destiny: League of Women Voters. 1920

Somaly Mam. Founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation, which helps victims of human trafficking in Cambodia

Teach daughters to speak out!

Jada Pinkett-Smith Speaks Against Human Trafficking, 2012

Jada Pinkett-Smith: The War on Men Through Degradation of Woman

This is why we need feminism.

Ah-Weh-Eyu (aka Pretty Flower, aka Goldie Jamison-Conklin) the daughter of Jacob J. Jamison and Eliza D. Jamison, and the wife of Charles Conklin - Iroquois (Seneca) - 1909

"Do you think you help us by bidding us forget our blood? by teaching us to cast off all memory of our high ideals and our glorious past? I am an Indian. My pen and my life I devote to the memory of my own people. Forget that I was Pauline Johnson, but remember always that I was Tekahionwake, the Mohawk that humbly aspired to be the saga singer of her people, the bard of the noblest folk the world has ever seen, the sad historian of her own heroic race. " - Tekahionwake, Mohawk First Nation

Mrs.Doctor Thomas - Iroquois (Onondaga) - 1913. OMG!!! This sooo must be a relative of mine because 'Thomas' is a last name of my relatives and I have relatives from Onondaga. PLUS she looks A LOT like my grandmother!!!!

Isabelle Montour, more commonly referred to as Madame Montour, was born in Canada in approximately 1667, to a French father and an Algonquin mother. She spoke not only her parents' tongues of French and Algonquin, but learned English, German, and Iroquois as well. She became a legendary interpreter who often interpreted between Native Americans and Europeans. (via @interprenaut)

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Lillyn Brown Actoress Lillyn Brown (1885–1969)], ca. 1920A veteran of vaudeville and musical theater, Lillyn Brown’s show business career began in 1894 when she left her home in Georgia with a traveling minstrel show. Born Lillian Thomas to an African American mother and Iroquois father, Brown initially performed as the “Indian Princess” but soon acquired the role of male impersonator (or “interlocutor”) billed as “Elbrown” or “E. L. Brown,” developing an act in which she wore top hat an...

"I stand for the children of tomorrow. I believe in the constructive aspect of humanity. We need each other. We need to come together in the circle of life, and not leave anyone behind. We need to reach out to each other and accept each other unconditionally. More than ever, it is necessary for people to face the light and walk in balance. In every darkened valley there us a light source; walk toward it." - Sarah Smith (Mohawk First Nation)

Real power. Waneek Horn-Miller is Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory located on the south shore of Montreal. In 1990 Waneek was behind the lines during the Oka Crisis and was stabbed by a Canadian soldier on Sept 26, at the end of the siege. Waneek turned this life changing experience into a way to empower her on her road to her dream of competing in the Olympic games as she had seen fellow Mohawk Alwyn Morris do in 1984. She won a gold medal in '99.

Jikonsahseh became known as the “Mother of Nations” for her role in bringing the Iroquois people together. She became the first clan mother of the Iroquois

Unit 1 - People Who Make A Difference

Political Cartoon from 1914 showing Iroquois women looking down on the white women fighting for the right to vote, in Iroquois society Women & Men are equal.