Miss Mary-Mary Frances Hill Coley-Black Midwife, delivered more than 3,000 in the south. Featured in 1953 educational film by George Stoney to teach midwifery skills to others. It is still being used in third world counties because of its simplicity.
Ilse Weber. A Czech singer and poet, Ilse, along with her son and husband, was sent to the Thereseinstadt Concentration camp by the Nazis. She willingly followed her husband when he was transferred to Auschwitz, hoping to keep her family together. When her young son, Tommy, was sent to the gas chamber with other children, she voluntarily accompanied them, softly singing a lullaby she had written to keep them calm. The immensely beautiful song is called Wiegala. Her husband survived.
William "Billie" Thomas (1931-1980). Child actor best remembered for playing Buckwheat in the "Our Gang" films from 1934 until 1944. The only cast member to be in all 52 "Our Gang" shorts. His role was the subject of controversy in later years, but he always defended his work, pointing out that the black kids were treated as equals to the white kids. As an adult, he was a successful film lab technician with Technicolor Corp. He took his experience in film to learn the trade of film editing.
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.
Biddy Mason: A Place of Her Own by Camille Gavin, Biddy Mason, born into slavery, walked two thousand miles to get to California. She won her freedom in a Los Angeles courtroom in 1856-even though the law did not allow people of color to speak in open court. A skilled nurse and midwife, she saved her money and helped anyone who was in need. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1424160413/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_15-Msb1APE2TG