A Women Behind The Haitian Revolution #TWT

Haiti’s Independence day was January 1 and I wanted to acknowledge one of the many women warriors that fought in the Haitian Revolution. As some don’t know I am half Haitian and I’m always interested in learning about my culture and the powerful women in my history.

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Victoria Montou was a soldier and healer in the army during the Haitian Revolution. Before the revolution, she was a slave from the Kingdom of Dahomey, currently Benin. Then she was abducted and brought to Haiti. In 1971 her and other women created revolutions to help get rid of the Europeans and their slavery. The revolt of the Africans eventually led to the abolition of slavery, it ended forced assimilation, direct colonialism, and the Triangular Trade.

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During the Haitian Revolution, Victoria taught many troops how to defend themselves. She trained them on how to conduct hand to hand combat, shoot,  use weapons, and throw knives. Her duty was also to supervise a group of captives working on the field. But regardless of her power she showed compassion and did everything she could to help her black brother and sisters.

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Victoria Montou fought until she couldn’t anymore and fortunately, she was able to witness the proclamation of the independence of Haiti. Then she passed away in 1805. Women like her should be in the history books and should be spoken about more often. From what we know about Victoria, she has been through many tribulations but fought back every time and always looked after others. Her resilience and strength are empowering.

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Victoria Montou is a girl with beauty and brains!

Who is one woman from your culture or in the world who had such a large impact in a country that you’re from? Look it up and you might be surprised by what you find. 💜

 

1921 Tulsa Race Riot Survivor #TWF

In 1921 from May 31 to June 1, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history occurred. It is known as the Tulsa Race Riot and it was 18 hours full of violence. More than one thousand homes and businesses were destroyed and over 300 people were killed. The whole black community there was burned down to the ground. One of the last survivors of the riot, Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, has recently passed away at age 103. She is our terrific woman this Friday.

Dr. Hooker was only six years old when the Tulsa riot occurred. She said she remembered being woken up by thudding noises outside her window. Her mother made her look out her window and there she saw a machine gun not too far from her house. Her mother said, “That is a machine gun in the hill, and there’s an American Flag on it. That means that your country is shooting at you.”

Dr. Hooker has accomplished an abundance of things during her time her on earth. She graduated at Ohio State University and went on to teach third graders for seven years. After, she was a U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and was the first African American to serve on active duty in the Guard.

She attended Columbia University’s Teacher College to receive her Masters in Psychological Services and then received her doctorate from the University of Rochester. Dr. Hooker served as Director of Psychology and Association Administrator at New York’s Kennedy Child Study Center. While working there, she also taught at Fordham University in the school of Arts and Sciences.

Despite the horrific events she went through and the hundreds of people her and her community lost, Dr. Hooker has definitely made a positive impact towards this country. She was a determined lady who exemplified how strong black women are, and what they are capable of. Rest In Peace Dr. Olivia J. Hooker.

She was a girl with beauty and brains!

Simone Biles Made History… Again

You might remember Simone Biles from the 2016 Summer Olympics, but she didn’t stop there. On November 3rd, she became the first American to medal in every event at a World Gymnastics Championship.

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After winning gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Simone took a year off. Without being a full year back in, she managed to win four gold medals, one silver, and one bronze at the World Championship.

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I admire Simone’s hard work, dedication, braveness, and resilience. A week before the championship, she found out that she had kidney stones. Simone thought about toning down her floor work for Worlds but then realized that is very unlike her. “I would never,” she reported to AP News.

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Although Simone wishes she had done better, she knows that America and her team is proud of her because she made history. She holds the record for most career world champion titles by a gymnast. I don’t know what you guys think but that’s absolutely mind-blowing to me!

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Simone is a girl with beauty and brains and an admiration for all girls and gymnast!

U.S. State Legislature’s first openly transgender woman #TWT

This beauty is the first openly transgender person to be seated in a U.S. state legislature. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Danica Roem!

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She first started as a journalist for the Gainesville Times, writing on stories about Virginia’s Prince William County. Now she is serving her community in another way, as a lawmaker in the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Danica entered politics because there were still 9 anti-LGBTQ bills that she wanted to change, and she also wanted to fix route 28 which always caused long traffic for people.

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She doesn’t want people to just see her as a transgender, because she’s also human and likes to listen to music and play guitar. Danica wants people to say, “yeah she’s transgender, and she’s a really really good policy wonk.” To Danica, “it’s not trans but. It’s trans and.” Because trans is not something to look down upon.

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Thank you, Danica, for showing beauties that they are able to accomplish anything, no matter who they are or what they look like. There is a first for everything! Be bold and just be you. Danica Roem is a girl with beauty and brains!

The First African American Woman to Win a Pulitzer Prize! #TWT

Poetry is a beautiful thing. Images, figurative language, and rhythm are just some of the rhetorical devices used in poetry. Poetry is usually structured and allows you to wonder, question, and imagine what the meaning of the texts is. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Gwendolyn Brooks. She was a postwar poet, and is the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book, “Annie Allen.”

Gwendolyn published her first poem in a magazine when she was 13, and by 16 she had about 75 poems published! She took any opportunity she could get just so her work could be seen. She submitted her work to the Chicago Defender, which is a leading African American newspaper, and that is how many of her poems received exposure. When attending high school, Gwendolyn encountered racial prejudice which gradually made her a stronger person and influenced her writing. She didn’t let the social injustices in the United States negatively affect who she was. Instead, she found a way to learn and grow from the situation.

Gwendolyn used her craft to help others. She arranged poetry workshops for African Americans, and she taught at many colleges/universities such as Chicago State University, Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin, as a creative writing instructor. Gwendolyn is a great example of a hardworking and determined woman! She is a girl with beauty and brains!