Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader who worked to secure the social, economic, and political rights of black Americans. In 1964, she co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, spoke at the Democratic National Convention at which she called for mandatory integrated state delegations, and helped organize the Freedom Summer black voter registration drive. www.nwhm.org/...
Union poster, 1863: Men of Color - To Arms! (The Emancipation Proclamation authorized the enrollment of black troops. Altogether, 186,000 black soldiers served in the Union army and another 29,000 served in the navy, accounting for nearly ten percent of all Union forces and 68,178 of the Union dead or missing. Twenty-four African Americans received the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary bravery in battle) #CivilWar
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a patent, on March 3, 1821. His patent was for a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring”. The first money Thomas Jennings earned from his patent was spent on the legal fees necessary to liberate his family out of slavery and support the abolitionist cause
After 228 years as largely unsung contributors to American independence, Haitian soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War's bloody siege of Savannah now have a monument dedicated in their honor. In October 1779, a force of more than 500 Haitian free blacks joined American colonists and French troops in an unsuccessful push to drive the British from Savannah in coastal Georgia.
Physician Mae C. Jemison was born October 17, 1956, in Decatur, Alabama. On June 4, 1987, she became the first African American woman ever admitted into the astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison received several awards and honorary doctorates.
Dr. Marie Daly was a trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, and was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Daly was a pioneer in researching the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease. #WomenInSTEM
Kara AKA Linda Lee AKA Supergirl (Helen Slater). I have no opinion one way or the other on the 1984 film--to be honest I don't remember if I even saw it *g*--but I've loved the version of Supergirl who is Kara from Argo City since I was a little girl reading my uncle's Superman comics on the sly. *g* I hated her 90s makeover--why still call her Supergirl if she's not Kryptonian? Thankfully they eventually brought back her real origin, although I'm afraid to ask what the New 52 might've done...
Scrooge McDuck, the world's most lovable miserly uncle. *g* He's been probably my favorite of the stock Disney characters since I was a kid. My dad had a big book that compiled several of the Disney comics where he was the focal character, and I think I just imprinted on him. I watched Ducktales despite probably being older than the intended audience (I think I was in high school) largely for him, and that led me to discovering--and loving *g*--the rest of the fabled "Disney Afternoon."
Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) from Fringe. Believe it or not, when the show first started, I didn't like her. I recently rewatched season 1 and can't figure out WHY. I love the way she rescues herself but will risk anything to solve a case, how she isn't afraid to tell people what she thinks of them, and how much she cares about her family--both biological and found--just to name a few traits. What I hate is how she was demoted to supporting character on her own show in Seasons 3.5-5.
Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) from the MCU. (I'm not as familiar with the comics version.) This guy hits all my male character buttons SO HARD. Loyal to a fault, check. Snarky sense of humor, check. Gentleman, check. I REALLY hope the rumors about him being involved in certain future Marvel projects prove true, and that he continues to be around for a very long time!
Norma Merrick Sklarek (April 15, 1928 – February 6, 2012) was an African-American architect who accomplished many firsts for Black women in architecture. In 1954, she became the first African American woman licensed to practice Architecture in the United States. In 1980, she was the first woman to be elected Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 1985, she became the first African American woman to form her own architectural firm.