Black History Legends……Day 28

Richard Overton

(May 11, 1906-December 27, 2018)

Oldest living African-American man and World War 2 Veteran

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Technician fifth grade rank and stationed at unit 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion

Born in Bastrop County, Texas.  He received many awards and honors for his years of service between 1940-1945.

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World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
US Army Expert Qualification Marksmanship Badge.png Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge

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Pictured above: Overton was greeted by Barack Obama on Veterans Day in 2013 at his nursing home where he resided until his death from complications of pneumonia. He was honored on May 2016, after the death of Frank Levingston, as the supercentenarian.

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Pictured above: Richard was honored when they changed the name of his home street to his name.

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Pictured above: Overton built this home in 1945 in Austin Texas and lived there after he returned from the War.

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Pictured above: Final resting place for Richard and his wife Wilma Overton at the Texas State Cemetery.

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Pictured above: A happy Richard who says that “Cigars, whiskey and living life is the key to his longevity.” Richard Arvin Overton

 

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Black History Legends….Day 27

Sarah Boone

(February 1932-1904)

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Pictured above: The inventor of  a revolutionary item that we use on  daily basis to help keep our clothes on straight.  Introducing…..

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Pictured above: The Iron Board reinvented in 1887 by Sarah Boone and  U.S. patented in April 1892.

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Pictured above: First iron and Iron board prototypes.  Since the first one was introduced there have been 17 patents, revisions, and convenient storage units made for them.

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Pictured above: Present day iron and iron board.

 

 

Black History Legends….Day 26

“Something Good” (movie)

Cinema 1898 (29 seconds long)

The First Negro Kiss on film.

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Pictured above: A movie called “Something Good” featuring actors Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown from Chicago.  
Listed below are movies that introduced African-Americans in the early 1900’s.
  1. A Fool and His Money 1912
  2. Railroad Porter 1913
  3. Lime Kiln Club Field Day 1913
  4. The Realization of a Negro’s Ambition 1916
  5. A Trooper of Troop K 1917
  6. Aladdin Jones 1915
  7. Two Knights of Vaudeville 1915
  8. Money Talks in Downtown 1917
  9. Natural Born Shooters

 

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Black History in the Making….Day 25

Tia Norfleet

(May 1, 1986-

NASCAR’s first African-American professional women driver from Norfolk, Virginia.

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Pictured above: Tia Norfleet, the first African-American licensed race car driver.

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Pictured above: Tia and her famous dad, Bobby Norfleet, who’s retired now, taught her everything she knows.  He has raced motorcycles, drag cars and stock cars.
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Pictured above: Bobby Norfleet and Tia Norfleet with Jesse Jackson.

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Pictured above: Some of the many magazine featuring Tia Norfleet.  Check them out!!

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Black History in the Making….Day 24

(November 7, 1950-

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Pictured above: She was the born in Lansing, Michigan to parents Golden and Clinton Canady along with her younger brother.  Her mother was and educator and her father was a dentist. 

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Pictured above: Alexa Canady was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Pictured above: She was named Teacher of the Year in 1984 by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

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Pictured above: She received the Candace Award in 1986 from the National Coalition of 100 Black women for her excellence. Visit their website to find out more about this organization.
*She has 3 honorary degrees and is also a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery and the American College of Neurosurgery.

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Black History Legends…..Day 23

Richard Theodore Greener

(January 30, 1844-May 2, 1922)

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Pictured above: He was the first African-American graduate of Harvard College (Harvard University School of Law in 1907.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1870.

 

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Pictured above: Harvard College founded in 1817 and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Pictured above: The first degree issued to an African-American in the late 1800’s. He received 2 honorary doctorates of Law from Monrovia College in Libya 1882. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1870 and honorary awards for his excellence throughout the years.

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Pictured above: On February 21, 2018, South Caroline unveiled the honorary statue in memory of the first African-American graduate of Harvard College, Richard Theodore Greener. He is responsible for Full-time endowed scholarship of 1865, which in his name is given to exceptional students. 

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Pictured above: Richard T. Greener married Genevieve Ida Fleet in September of 1874 and they had 6 children.  Belle da Costa Greene was one of their children born December 13, 1883, who graduated from Harvard University. was a librarian to J. P. Morgan and continued after his death in 1813 with his son Jack Morgan.  She died May 10, 1950. Memoir written about Greene available on Amazon.

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Pictured above: Richard and his wife were separated but never divorcedBuried in Graceland Cemetery, Richard died in his home of natural causes in 1922 in Chicago where he lived with his common law Japanese wife.  They had 3 children together.

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Pictured above: Books available on Amazon written by author Richard Greener.

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Pictured above: Barack Obama, our African-American president elected to the United States, graduate of 1991. Imelme Umana was the first women elected to the Harvard Law of Review. Michelle Obama, first lady to Barack Obama graduated in 1988 and Patricia A. King, a professor from Georgetown was elected as the first African-American to serve on the Harvard Corporation in 2006.

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Black History Legends….Day 22

Lonnie Johnson

(October 6, 1949-

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Pictured above: Lonnie Johnson-The creator of one of the most fun things to play with in the summertime to cool-off….introducing…

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Super Soaker!!!  Greatest toy invented by Johnson that shoots water for fun and play!!

 

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Pictured above: His ideal for the Super Soaker originated in the U.S. Air Force.  The Super Soaker to date is the best selling item in the toys product line and continues to make billions since its release in 1990’s.  It was reported that he received 73 million in back royalties for his product after being underpaid for many years for his Nerf products.  He holds more than 120 patents to date and is married with 4 children in Atlanta Georgia.

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Think about Lonnie G. Johnson when you buy your next Nerf Toy and Super-Soaker…Have fun!!Image result for lonnie  johnson

Available on Amazon.com

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Black History Legends….Day 21

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“I’d rather make 700$ a week playing a maid, then 7$ a week being a maid.” Hattie D.

Hattie McDaniel 

(June 10, 1895- October 26, 1952)

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Pictured above: Hattie McDaniel well-known as being the fist African-American to win an Academy Award/Oscar for her role in “Gone With The Wind” alongside side her co-stars Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable.  During that time, the award ceremonies were still segregated and she was not allowed to sit with the white audience as she was the only African-American in the room.  

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  Although she won an award for her performance, the African-American community was not happy with the fact that they were be portrayed to be servants and maids by white filmmakers…which at that time was all that was available for the AA community.  By the 1890’s, her career was over and she had to find different kind of work so she took over hosting a radio show previously hosted by a white man called “The Beulah.”  She also made guest appearances on many other radio shows.

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Pictured above: Her role in “Gone With the Wind” and other memorable movies with Shirley Temple.

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Pictured above: In 2006, Hattie McDaniel was honored with her own postage stamp.

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Pictured above: The final resting place for Hattie McDaniel at Angelus-Rosedale Cemetary.  She was born to Henry and Susan McDaniel as the 13th child in Wichita Kansas, she died in 1952 after her battle with breast cancer.  She opened up the gates for many African-Americans to portray more roles in movies because of her association with NAACP.  Book below available on Amazon.

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Black History Legends…..Day 20

Pictured above: A book about the life of Jeremiah G. Hamilton aka “Prince of Darkness” , available on Amazon. He was born in 1806 in Haiti and he is known as the man without a face, not to be confused with Texas legislature Jeremiah J, Hamilton.  There have not been alot of official photos of him and he has been lost in the 1800’s history as being the 1st African-American millionaire on Wall Street.  

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Pictured above: The trial of Jeremiah Hamilton.  He was convicted of Insurance fraud that totaled 50,000.

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Pictured above: White Wall Street in the 1800’s when Jeremiah G. Hamilton had to find ways to make money as an African-American.

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Pictured above: Jeremiah and wife Eliza Jane Morris who had 9 children and were married 40 years despite the fact that he was African-American and she was a white women.  They lived at 68 street New York, New York.

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Pictured above: Eliza Jane Morris Hamilton (1822-1904) and Jeremiah G. Hamilton (1806-May 19, 1975) buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

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Pictured above: Don Cheadle -well-known African-American actor in Hollywood for decades in movies and television, will be producing and starring as  Jeremiah G. Hamilton in the Untold Story of Wall Street’s first African-American Millionaire called “Prince of Darkness”.

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“I got my start giving myself a start!” Madam C.J. Walker
Pictured above: Sarah Breedlove aka Madam C.J. Walker (12/23/1867-5/25/1919) was the first female millionaire in the 1900’s to produce a hair care and cosmetics line for women.  She married 3 times and only had one daughter A’Lelia Walker who is now the president of the company Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company after her mother’s death from kidney failure and hypertension and is buried in Woodbury Cemetery in Bronx, New York.

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Visit her website here at: Madam C.J. Walker

 

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Black History in the Making….Day 19

 

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“Style should not be sacrificed for comfort!” J.K.D

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Jazmine Kionna Davis

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   Jazmine K. Davis founder and first black scientist to create a designer high-heel shoe with insoles for comfort.  She, from a very young age,  was an orphan and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.  When she graduated, she joined the Research and Development team there and decided to learn about how products were made.  When she bought her first pair of designer heels and they hurt after 5 hours… it sparked the ideal for her revolutionary new way of “Adding Comfort to Style” J.K.D.

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Pictured above:  A collection of designer high-heels created by Jazmine in the U.S. with insoles that are functional for any occasion.

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