My First Feature Friday!

My First Feature Friday!

On Labor Day, I spent a couple of hours at the Carter Center paying attention to some special women who have worked hard for the black community.  The Freedom’s Sisters exhibit is definitely one worth attending when you have a chance–it’s available until October 3.

The 20 women highlighted in the exhibit are: Ella Jo Baker, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Septima Poinsette Clark, Kathleen Cleaver, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Fannie Lou Hamer, Frances Watkins Harper, Dorothy Irene Height, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Barbara Charline Jordan, Coretta Scott King, Constance Baker Motley, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, Sonia Sanchez, Betty Shabazz, Mary Church Terrell, Harriet Ross Greene Tubman, and C. Delores Tucker.

Now, I had heard of most of these women, particularly proud of Myrlie Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer, who I already knew hailed from my home state of Mississippi.  I hadn’t, however, heard of Ella Jo Baker, Frances Watkins Harper, Constance Baker Motley, C. Delores Tucker, or Mary Church Terrell, so it was great to get a glimpse of these phenomenal ladies.

I took lots of notes, especially on events, organizations, causes, etc., that I had either never heard of or wanted to know more about.  Here are a few highlights of the things that caught my eye.

  • You probably know that Mary McLeod Bethune founded Bethune-Cookman College, BUT did you know that in 1904, she opened a school for girls with $1.50, which eventually merged with a boys school to become the College?

  • Fannie Lou Hamer, who is known for saying “I am sick of being tired of being sick and tired,” also said this:

“…no nation can gain its full measure of enlightenment…ifone-half of it is free and the other half if fettered.”

  • Have you ever heard of the Young Negroes Cooperative League?  It was an organization committed to black economic empowerment through consumer education and small-scale cooperative ventures.  Inspirational?  Well Ella Jo Baker, who wanted to heighten the social, political, and economic understanding of Black youth in the 1930s, served as the organization’s national director.

  • Mary Church Terrell was fluent in 3 languages (wowee!!).  Also, she established mother’s clubs that helped black women with housing, unemployment, and child-rearing issues.  How great is that?

  • We all know that Barbara Jordan was the first black woman from a Southern state (Texas) to serve in the House of Representatives.  Here’s an awesome quote:

“If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.”

  • Here’s a very important quote from Coretta Scott King, who wasn’t just a trophy wife:

“Struggle is a never-ending process.  Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it every generation.”

  • Lastly, Septima Poinsette Clark was a devoted educator and a major player in the Civil Rights Movement, so much so that Dr. King insisted she travel with him to accept the Nobel Peace Prize because she deserved credit as much as he did.  Here’s a great quote from her:

“The greatest evil in our country is not racism, but ignorance… We need to be taught to study rather than to believe.”

Septima Clark with Rosa Parks, whom Clark inspired at the Highlander Folk School months before the bus boycott

Are you intrigued?  Do you want to know more?  Then check out the exhibit as soon as possible!!



I received the Kindle I won yesterday!!  Can you tell how excited I am?  I have already uploaded 72 books!  I love love love reading.  My first book will be Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa, who has asked me to read and write a review.

And since I’m on the subject, here are the other books I’m reading right now:

  • Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, edited by Dayo Gore, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard

  • Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy by Peter Canellos

Thanks again to Faydra for hosting the contest and to everyone who voted for me!  And for anyone who hasn’t read it, here’s my winning essay!

Travelling and reading are my two favorite pastimes.  Exploring the world, considering new ideas, and expanding my mind, imagination, and consciousness are invaluable to me.  Someone once said that to change how you live, you must change what you know—that we live our knowledge, so we must strive to increase our knowledge.  I agree with that someone.  We must read, study, learn, and understand.  With a Kindle, I would have an easier time reading as I travel.

Currently, I take every chance I get to read.  My reading list consists of hundreds of books so I try to read any time I have a free moment.  I read on MARTA on my way to and from work.  I steal away at lunch and read as I eat.  In the evenings, I read before I go to bed.  Sometimes, I focus on one book, but in any given time frame, I may be reading 3 or 4 books at one time.  That’s where the usefulness of a Kindle comes in.  Instead of lugging around 3 books at a time, I’d be able to stow away this device and read as many books as I want at my leisure.  When I travel to new places, I will be able to read my books without adding extra weight to my luggage.  I can just put my Kindle in my purse!  How convenient for a book lover like me!  Winning a Kindle will make my pastimes even more enjoyable!

My New Thing: Feature Fridays!

My New Thing: Feature Fridays!

My dear friend Hope has asked me to be more regular in my blogging.  So to acquiesce, I am committing to at least one weekly staple: Feature Friday. Each Friday, I’m going to highlight and discuss some film, book, theatre performance, etc., that I’ve viewed/read/attended.  As I’m sure you would expect, most of it will be related to the community or the black diaspora in some way, since that’s what tickles my fancy.  I hope you guys enjoy and check me out every week.  I’ll post my first later today!  Happy Friday, folks!