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The GULLAH/GEECHEE preserved more of their African cultural heritage than any other group of African Americans. The English spoken by the Gullah slaves was greatly influenced by their native languages of the Fante, Ga, Kikongo, Kimbundu, Mandinka, Twi, Ewe, Ibo and Yorba.

Marjorie Stewart Joyner was born in Monterey, Virginia on 10/24/1896, the granddaughter of a slave and a slave-owner. In 1912, an eager Marjorie moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue a career in cosmetology. Joyner developed her concept by connecting 16 rods to a single electric cord inside of a standard drying hood. After 2 yrs. Joyner completed her invention and patented it in 1928, calling it the "Permanent Waving Machine." She thus became the first Black woman to receive a patent.

USPS stamp picturing John Henry and his hammer

Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

Coretta Scott King introduces Martin Luther King, Jr. on The Ed Sullivan this is a FIND!!!

Elegance Personified: Mrs. Daisy Bates (Nov 11, 1914 - November 4, 1999) Civil Rights activist, publisher, writer, and woman of courage. Thank You!

Sojourner Truth - African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist.

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. March 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made 13 missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage

Clara Hale - Mother Hale cared for over 500 children in her lifetime. She founded the Hale House, the first care center in the U.S. for infants born addicted to drugs. She was revolutionary in caring for needs of children.

Dr. Martin Luther King Was Assassinated On This Date In 1968 He was, more than any single man, the voice and the instrument of the second American revolution. He materialized out of the streets and the Jim Crow churches of the South a dozen years ago, preaching brotherhood and nonviolence to a divided and violent land. For a time, incredibly, it worked- until the very forces he had helped set in in motion swept past him and turned the black ghettos of America into battlegrounds.

Thurgood Marshall, first African-American Justice on the Supreme Court. This was an enormous achievement in and of itself, but Marshall is one of my heroes because his law career involved advocating for the least of these. He won the fabled case of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education (1954), which dismantled the "separate but equal" policy established by Plessy v. Ferguson in the late 1800's. (I can't figure out how to italicize the court cases; that is bugging me.) Micah sometimes tells m...