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aadatart: In 1997, Maya Angelou and 11 other Black authors were honored on stamps from Uganda and Ghana to promote World Literacy.  The stamps were designed by Gary Aagaard of Seattle. — Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Google+ | YouTube

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” Harriet Tubman 1820-1913 "Her courage and hope for freedom made her one of the most beautiful women known."

Harriet Tubman, slave, abolitionist, spy and 1st woman to lead an armed expedition during war. Born into slavery, she was beaten, 'hired out' and suffered seizures from being hit by a heavy weight. After escaping, she later made ~19 trips to rescue a total of over 300 slaves, sometimes using the Underground Railroad. Called 'Black Moses', she carried a gun and threatened to shoot any slave who would turn back. She was a Union spy during the Civil War and struggled for women's suffrage.


Sojourner Truth - known for her anti-slavery efforts but was also a black nurse

Mary Eliza Mahoney, R.N. ~ May 1845 – January, 1926 Notable Facts: * The first African American to study and work as a professionally trained nurse * Among the first women in Boston to register to vote Reflections: Mary Mahoney, born in Boston in 1845, was the first black to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States, graduating in 1879.

Women's History Post of the Day: Susie King Taylor was a nurse, educator and author. She was the first African American nurse in the United States Army, the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia, and the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her war time experiences.

Young War Evacuees. A nurse looks over a row of toddlers who sit along a wall as World War II evacuees, at a nursery in Middlesex, England. 1941 ~

RIP NANCY WAKE (30 August 1912 – 7 August 2011) Ms Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands.

Helen Keller at 80 :: smelling a rose in a garden :: author and lecturer, learned to communicate though she had been deaf and blind from childhood. :: c.1960

Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son. Atlanta, Georgia, 1963. Photo by Richard Avedon.

"The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. 3: Defender of the Realm" by William Manchester

As African-American men gained the right to vote between 1866 and 1869, Sojourner Truth feared that the “colored women” would be forgotten. In her address to the American Equal Rights Association in 1867, she said, “I have a right just as much as a man. There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about colored women.”