Amelia Boyton Robinson- Civil Rights Activist #TWT

It’s black history month beauties! So we are kicking the first Tuesday of February off right starting with Amelia Boyton Robinson!

Ms. Robinson was a civil rights activist. She helped lead the 1965 civil rights march and was brutally beaten while doing so. She worked really hard to get voting rights for African Americans and succeeded.

But her mark doesn’t stop there. Ms. Robinson was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama and paved the way for many women in politics. Also, her along with Martin Luther King Jr. planned the infamous Selma to Montgomery March of March 7, 1965.

I can only imagine that it wasn’t easy to walk in the Selma March especially because police officers were brutally attacking protesters. Ms. Robinson especially was beaten and all bloody during the March. Ms. Robinson’s experiences and contributions to the 1965 marches and Civil Rights Movement, can be watched in the 2014 film Selma, at which she is portrayed by actress, Lorraine Toussant.

Ms. Robinson was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal Freedom and she was also serving as vice-chair of the Schiller Institute, which promoted civil and human rights, until 2009.

Ms. Robinson lived a long long life, passing away at 104 years old. After her death, Barack Obama recognized her legacy in an official statement. Amelia fought so hard for every African American and endured so much pain. She is a girl beauty and brains!

Terrific Woman Tuesday: Hattie McDaniel

Hello Beauties! This is the last Tuesday of February, which means Black History month is unfortunately coming to an end. However, this does not mean we forget about all the wonderful accomplishments black people have done. Together, we learned about the first black woman astronaut to go up in space, the first black female judge in the United States, and the first black woman to be appointed as an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.

This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Hattie McDaniel. She was an actress and a radio performer. Hattie was the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ She also played a part in the films, ‘The Little Colonel’ and ‘Showboat.’ In 1911, Hattie organized an all-women’s minstrel show and she was performing and touring with many Vaudeville troops for several years.

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After her death, the talented Hattie McDaniel was awarded not one, but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975 and was honored with a commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 2006. It was a challenge for Hattie to be as successful and iconic as she was due to the racism that took place in media. But with hard work and a strong outer shell, she was able to make history. This Black History Month, we honor Hattie! #terrificwomantuesday

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Terrific Woman Tuesday: Misty Copeland

This woman was the first African American performer to be appointed as an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer. Misty Copeland is our terrific woman this Tuesday!

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When Misty was little, she danced to cope with the problems occurring at home. She took dance classes at her local Boys and Girls Club and eventually started to train with the one and only, Debbie Allen. Misty had a lead role in Debbie Allen’s production, The Chocolate Nutcracker. She also continued performing at special events like charity events with Angela Basset.
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In 1999, Misty did a summer intensive at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and she then joined the company the next year. June 2015 is when Misty made history in classical ballet by becoming the first African American performer to be a principal dancer in ABT’s 75 year old company. Misty was also a member of Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
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Misty is an inspiration for many young girls who aspire to be a professional ballet dancer! This Black History Month, we honor Misty!