17 Black History Moths Who Are So Glad It’s February

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Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at the funeral of Australian sprinter Peter Norman, the third medalist on the podium, who supported their demonstration.

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Born in Kentucky, she was 6 feet tall and once worked as a madam.

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The group often met at the home of member Mary McLeod Bethune and advised Roosevelt on matters like employment and housing.

4.

The judge sided with her, ruling that “colored persons if sober, well behaved, and free from disease” could not be kept from utilizing public transportation.

5.

“I think she needs help,” King said of his attacker. “I’m not angry at her.”

6.

Her murderer, M. W. Chenault, said that he hated Christianity and that his god told him to carry out the crime.

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Williams designed around 2,500 buildings in his lifetime.

8.

Social worker Eunice Hunton Carter helped make the connection between organized crime and prostitution, which eventually led the feds to the infamous “Lucky” Luciano.

9.

The Tulane Register noted that “the town, which is to be called Allensworth, is to enable colored people to live on an equity with whites and to encourage industry and thrift in the race.”

10.

The company’s owner, Chris Rutt, got the name “Aunt Jemima” from a song a blackface performer sang at a vaudeville show.

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She instead sent flowers to King’s widow, Coretta.

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Holly played a mixed race woman passing for white on One Life To Live; when she kissed her black co-star, audiences were enraged thinking that a white woman had kissed a black man on television.

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The neighborhood was also home to singer Ella Fitzgerald, musician Count Basie, and boxer Joe Louis.

14.

Though it could also be about an actual rose, popular lore suggests that the song is indeed about Emily, a mulatto from Bermuda.

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Her story was immortalized in the children’s book Molly, By Golly!: The Legend of America’s First Female Firefighter by Diane Ochiltree.

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He was 31 years old when he went out for the Detroit Lions in 1970.

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The Toronto Blade reported that the audience apologized by giving him a 10 minute ovation.

Happy Black History Moth!

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