American-Poet: MAYA ANGELOU (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928)...My favorite poem and the catalyst for this pin-board: PHENOMENAL WOMAN (1995): Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size...But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms...The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. I walk…
"Keiko Fukuda Shihan passed away at the age of 99. She was the last surviving student of the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, and the highest ranking female judoka in history. She was promoted to 10th dan (degree) black belt just last year, a rank that at the time was held only by 3 other people, all men living in Japan. Fukuda Shihan left her homeland and refused marriage to achieve her dreams of training in judo, constantly battling gender discrimination which kept her from being promoted."
The African Knight Saint Maurice - 16th century German painting showing a black African in European Armour that served as a model for the painting of Saint Maurice. He was the patron saint of several professions, cities, and kingdoms in Europe.
Clara "Mother" Hale, who at age 67 became founder of Hale House, a home for unwanted children, and children born addicted to drugs. By 1991, a reported 1,000+ children had been cared for by Hale House. At the time of her death in 1992 at the age of 87, Mother Hale had received over 372 awards, President Reagan had referred to her as an “American Hero” in his State of the Union address, and she was named an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.