Welcome To Black History Month

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  1. February 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Nerdy, thanks for keeping the door open! Love YOU!

  2. February 1, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Bringing this over from the end of last post…

    • 6 whenpamelawandered
      February 1, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      I missed so much in the last thread, this story is incredible, I am weeping. How life as we know it has been carried for so long on the backs and in the hearts of strong black women, and so many don’t even know it.

      Thank you.

    • 7 carla4obama
      February 1, 2021 at 12:29 pm

      WOW! This should be made into a documentary/movie. Powerful.

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      February 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm

      Oh my God.

  3. 9 whenpamelawandered
    February 1, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Good morning, good day, good month..

    Thank you, NW, for opening the door everyday.

    Congrats on furst, jazziz2!


  4. February 1, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Good Afternoon, TODers. Thank you, Nerdy!!!

    Congrats Jazziz2!!!

  5. February 1, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Irene Morgan Kirkaldy – Before Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks…

    And before both Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks, there was Irene Morgan Kirkaldy. In July 1944, Morgan Kirkaldy was arrested after she refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Virginia. She was convicted in a County Circuit Court, but appealed the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court and later to the Supreme Court. With the help of lawyers from the NAACP, including Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Morgan Kirkaldy on June 3, 1946. While Southern states largely ignored the ruling, Morgan Kirkaldy’s case was a pioneer in civil rights law. Morgan Kirkaldy received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton in 2001.

  6. February 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – First African American Female Physician in the U.S.

    Dr. Crumpler was the first African-American woman physician in the United States. Born in 1831, Dr. Crumpler first worked as a nurse in Massachusetts between 1852 and 1860. She was accepted to New England Female Medical College and earned an M.D. in 1864. She practiced medicine in Boston and Richmond, Virginia, primarily working with the poor, who had limited access to medical care. In 1883, Dr. Crumpler published a renowned book, Book of Medical Discourses In Two Parts, which many believe is the first medical text written by an African-American author.

  7. February 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Charles Hamilton Houston – Lawyer – The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

    Charles Hamilton Houston is often referred to as “the man who killed Jim Crow.” After experiencing rampant discrimination during military service in World War I, Houston decided that he would go on a crusade to end Jim Crow. He enrolled in Harvard Law School, attaining his Juris Doctorate. The lawyer later went on to be the head of the school and used his connections to recruit many great minds to the civil rights cause. He also worked as special counsel for the NAACP.

  8. February 1, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Moses Fleetwood Walker – Baseball Player

    Jackie Robinson is famous for breaking Major League Baseball’s color line in 1947. Lesser known is the fact that the “color line” wasn’t clearly established in baseball’s earliest days in the late 19th century. This loophole allowed several black men, including Moses Fleetwood Walker, to play at the major league level. One man, William Edward White, technically played before Moses Fleetwood Walker, but White was, ironically, white passing and often denied his black heritage. Walker, on the other hand, was open about his culture and often faced discrimination because of it. He played for one season as a catcher with the Toledo Blue Socks in 1884.

  9. February 1, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Esther Jones – The Real-Life Betty Boop

    The 1920s icon Betty Boop was purportedly based on white jazz singer Helen Kane. Kane went so far as to sue to the creators of Betty Boop for stealing her likeness and singing style. What Kane did not admit was that she herself appropriated the style of famed Harlem jazz singer Esther Jones, who performed as “Baby Esther.” While a witness testified in court that Kane watched Jones’ performance and intentionally adopted her style, Kane continued to deny it. Jones appears to be a very early case of a white performer achieving success after appropriating a black artist’s style.

  10. 16 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Stacey Abrams of Georgia

    • 17 Dudette
      February 1, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    • February 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      That is fantastic and a well deserved honor to be nominated!!! I’m rooting for her to be selected.

  11. February 1, 2021 at 12:38 pm

  12. 22 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    • 23 lmcae72
      February 1, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      The elementary schools named after him and George Washington carver are in walking distance from the neighborhood that I grew up in and where my mom still lives. Five i=of the 6 children in my family went to Carver.

  13. February 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Black History Month, AIP, American Institute of Physics.
    “When astronaut Mae Jemison saw actress Nichelle Nichols portray Lt. Uhura on Star Trek,
    her life was changed forever. Seeing an African-American role model helped steer Jemison toward a goal – she was determined to join NASA and become an astronaut. Years later, Jemison achieved her goal when she made history as the first African-American woman to go into space with the U.S. space program.

    Jemison’s accomplishment had positive ripple effects, and now she is cited as a source of inspiration for so many African-American students who are themselves reaching for the stars, but Jemison is not alone.
    There are many African-American physical scientists, such as Jedidah Isler, Hakeem Oluseyi, Chandra Precod-Weinstein, Sylvester James Gates, Tabbetha Dobbins, JC Holbrook and so many others, who are doing important scientific work and also influencing countless students…..

    On January, 2020, AIP’s TEAM-UP Task Force released its groundbreaking report,
    “The Time is Now: Systemic Changes to Increase African Americans with Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics and Astronomy.” In the report, TEAM-UP uncovers long-term systemic issues within the physics and astronomy communities that contribute to the underrepresentation of African Americans in these fields and makes important, actionable recommendations for community-wide efforts to reverse this trend.

    AIP is so proud to celebrate Black History Month. Visibility and representation matter, and one small act – such as seeing a role model achieve success – can have lasting effects on a person’s future.”

  14. 25 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    COVID testing game changer

  15. February 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm

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    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      February 1, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      The GOP thinks he’s their fool. He’s not the fool. They are.

      • 32 lmcae72
        February 1, 2021 at 2:41 pm

        So true. There are also too many dems. on social media who think the same thing; like they know better than Biden who has seen it all especially the obstruction of the Obama years. Too many dems who think that they know better are second guessing rather than waiting to see what happens and having his back. Too many still wrestle defeat out of victory. Joe showed us during over 2 months of court battles, the Big Lie and armed insurrection that he’s got this as he told us he did. The only concerns I had in the early days was whether or not Senate dems would have the spine to take the advantage that we had given to them and play hard ball for our benefit. That they would be fooled in their desire for bi-partianship that always led to a watering down of what we wanted and the repubs still not voting for it. The insurrection, however, put steel into the spines of anyone who had not come on board and all are ready to be the warriors we need them to be. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

  17. February 1, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Speaker Pelosi:
    Statement on Black History Month

  18. February 1, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Rolling Stone:
    Pelosi: ‘The Enemy Is Within the House of Representatives’
    “We have members of Congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress.”

  19. February 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    “Washington Post:
    Lawmakers are still struggling with the trauma of the Capitol riot.”
    Speaker Pelosi is trying to help.

    • February 1, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Speaker Pelosi:
      “But this is very, very important. It shouldn’t be, it shouldn’t be that not only is the President of the United States inciting an insurrection, but keeps fanning the flame endangering the security of Members of Congress to the point that they’re even concerned about Members in the House of Representatives
      being a danger to them.”
      (Full: (https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/12821-1)

  20. February 1, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    I bothers me that so many seem to think that electing someone means that the things they pledge during their campaign will automatically come to past. And if it doesn’t, it’s their fault and they broke their promise. People forget that no one person can insure an outcome. IMO, if they are *working* towards those promises, then they are doing what they pledged to do.

    As for the stimulus, I’m not for certain that the amount was supposed to be an additional $2,000 or the net of the $2,000 less the $600 already paid out.

  21. February 1, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Susie King Taylor – Author

    Susie King Taylor is the only black woman confirmed to have published a biography of the US Civil War. Taylor was born into slavery in the south. She taught herself to read in slavery and opened a school when she escaped to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. She later married a man who served in the Union army in the civil war, while she served as a laundress and nurse to Union forces. In many ways, her story mirrors that of Frederick Douglass, who is more widely known for his escape from slavery and self-taught reading and writing skills.

  22. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    February 1, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Heed the warning while you still can.

    A truly horrible company.

  23. February 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    “Brian Sicknick,
    Capitol Police officer who died from riot injuries, to lie in honor in Rotunda.”
    “A ceremonial arrival will take place on Feb. 2 at 9:30 p.m. on the East Front of the Capitol, the lawmakers announced. A viewing will start shortly after and continue overnight. Members of Congress are invited to attend the viewing the next morning, which will be followed by a tribute from lawmakers”. (nbc)
    –Mr. Sicknick will then be buried at Arlington Cemetery.

    • February 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Without delay we must go after those who committed sedition, treason and violence.
      We must identify the enablers and organizers of the deadly attempted coup and exact justice.
      Greene must be expelled right away. Trump must answer to full rule of law in real terms.
      Or we are looking at years of entitled behavior, armed violence and insurrection anywhere in the country.

      • February 1, 2021 at 1:40 pm

        I so wish that Greene could be recalled, but I see the Constitution does not provide for it.

        Can you recall a federal official?

        The United States Constitution does not provide for recall of any federally elected official. The option was considered during the drafting of the document in 1787, but was not included in the final version. Some state constitutions have stated the right of citizens to recall their members of the United States Congress, but whether it is constitutionally legal at the federal level has not been yet been ruled upon by the United States Supreme Court. One of the closest noted legal precedent is U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, in which the Supreme Court decided that states did not have the right to impose new terms, qualifications, or conditions of service on federal officials.[8]


        • February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

          They will figure it out.
          The No-sayers and desecrators only know how to say No.
          What she and the other coup enablers in Congress did is deadly, treasonous, and cannot be normalized.

  24. February 1, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Alice Coachman – First African American Female to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

    Growing up in Albany, Georgia, the soon-to-be track star got an early start running on dirt roads and jumping over makeshift hurdles. She became the first African American woman from any country to win an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She set the record for the high jump at the Games, leaping to 5 feet and 6 1/8 inches. Throughout her athletic career, she won 34 national titles—10 of which were in the high jump. She was officially inducted into the National Track-and-Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

  25. February 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Jane Bolin – First Black Female Judge

    Jane Bolin became the nation’s first Black woman judge in 1939. She was the first Black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, and would serve on New York’s Family Court for four decades. Besides dealing with many domestic cases, she worked to stop probation officers from getting assignments based on the color of their skin. During her career, she also worked with Eleanor Roosevelt to create a program that would intervene before young boys committed crimes.

  26. February 1, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    “Did Donald Trump and his supporters commit treason?”
    —Jeannie Suk Gersen, author, discussed this with Hayes on Friday. She explained that we haven’t thought about this aspect of the law for quite some time= “Levying war”.
    –“Levying War on the United States, an armed march in war like formation, insurrection…is treason.

  27. February 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Benjamin O. Davis Sr. – First Black General in the U.S. Military

    Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was the first Black general in the American military. He served for 50 years as a temporary first lieutenant at an all-Black unit during the Spanish American War. Throughout his service, Davis Sr. was as a professor of military science at Tuskegee and Wilberforce University, a commander of the 369th Regiment, New York National Guard, and special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. When he retired in 1948, President Harry Truman oversaw the public ceremony. Davis Sr. is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

  28. February 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    ‘We was addicted to their pill, but they was addicted to the money’

    “In southwest Virginia, those devastated by the opioid crisis are demanding accountability after a previously unreleased government database reveals just how many drugs flooded their towns.
    Over seven years, the database shows, drug companies shipped a combined 74 million opioid pills to the city of Norton, Va., and the three surrounding counties — enough for 106 pills per resident every year.”

    “Internal emails reveal some of the companies were aware of a growing addiction crisis, but the pills just kept coming.”

    Our stories: (https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/opioid-crisis-victims-in-virginia-demand-justice/)

  29. 54 jer44
    February 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm

  30. 55 pkayden
    February 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm

  31. 56 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 1:50 pm

  32. 57 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

  33. 58 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

  34. 61 lmcae72
    February 1, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    As Rep. Hakeem Jeffries stated in a Tweet; “We have ben here since 1619, Every month is Black history month.” In other words (mine) Black history is American History and not something set apart.

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  41. 70 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  42. 71 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  43. 72 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm

  44. 73 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Beauty Break!

    • 74 lmcae72
      February 1, 2021 at 4:12 pm

      I love the love that Amanda Gorman is rightfully getting from all over the world. As a life long lover of poetry and a former teacher of Literature this gives me joy and affirmation. Amanda is even more impressive when she is interviewed. her thoughts, ideas, and responses flow freely showing a mind that has thought about and beautifully processed many of the challenges of our times. Added to this she is funny, charming and very self-aware. THIS skinny Black girl was lifted as so many others were by Amanda.

  45. 75 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 3:56 pm

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  47. February 1, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    GOP could’ve chosen to be party of Lincoln but it has chosen to be the Neo-Confederacy Party.
    —the trump domestic terrorist crowd in Congress is lecturing about Senate RULES?

  48. 78 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:05 pm

  49. 79 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:19 pm

  50. 80 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:22 pm

  51. 81 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    My Senator is a walking Black History lesson.

  52. 82 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:46 pm

  53. 83 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Today’s spacewalk

  54. 84 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:52 pm

  55. 85 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm

  56. 86 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm

  57. February 1, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Dropping this here. Y’all know what’s meant in that final shot in video. Yup! 😘💞

  58. 88 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Yay ACA! Yay Biden-Harris! 😁

  59. 89 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Wooot! Look at Dems doing the damn thing! 🙌🏾

  60. 90 pkayden
    February 1, 2021 at 5:25 pm

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  63. February 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    “House Democrats are going to force Republicans to go on the record as supporting Qanon domestic terrorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

    “Another measure — which Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) plans to introduce later Monday — would expel Greene from all House committees…..Wasserman Schultz said she plans to force a floor vote on her resolution within days, using a fast-track process that is reserved for privileged resolutions. Another resolution from Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) to expel Greene from Congress is also privileged, and can be brought up this week.”

    Trump has been supporting Rep. Taylor Greene, and House Republicans have mostly stayed quiet,
    but Democrats are about to make them go on the record as supporting a member of Congress who has called for violence against other members of Congress.

    Greene is one of the members of Congress who is being investigated by the House for aiding the insurrection and the attack on the Capitol.

    Democrats aren’t going to let Republicans dodge on Taylor Greene and a vote like this one could make the Qanon congresswoman the face of the Republican Party.”


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  66. February 1, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Writing in his column, Krugman called it a “bad faith” negotiation that “insults” Americans desperate after a year of struggling through the pandemic.

    The Republican Party’s plan would strip Biden’s by two-thirds, leaving about $618 billion for the relief package. The plan would slash checks to Americans down to $1,000 and it would only go to low-income Americans making under $40,000 a year. The weekly unemployment insurance would be extended to June 30.

  67. February 1, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Less than two weeks into the new Biden administration White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is earning a reputation as a no-nonsense, no rumor-mongering, no guff leader in the briefing room who is determined to set an appropriate tone.

    On Monday one reporter asked about President Joe Biden meeting with Republicans on a COVID relief bill today. He tried to stir up trouble. It didn’t go over well.

    “There are Democrats who are seeing that the first meeting the President is having face-to-face with lawmakers is with Republicans and not Democrats. Why is the White House doing that?” asked CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe.

  68. February 1, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Senate Impeachment Committee

    • February 1, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      • 102 vcprezofan2
        February 1, 2021 at 8:24 pm

        Dear SW, I’m late to the gathering today, but I must say that I truly appreciate all the ‘new’ names you’ve brought to the table today for BHM. I’m trying to absorb the info as well as hoping to retain a few of the names & contributions in my memory bank.

        Unfortunately my laptop is freezing up a lot these days, so I wonder if I could ask/beg you – since BHM is for the entire month – to post only 2-3 per day of those who went before to pave our path? That way we (people like me whose memory ain’t so good) can have more time to savour each person’s info and thus have a much better chance to remember more of them. Also, if the info is spread across the month, it will be easier to reload a post when we want to go back to check. Please.

        • February 1, 2021 at 10:20 pm

          I will keep that in mind. A lot of these were somewhat new to me as well. I just got excited finding the information and just wanted to share it all. 🤷🏾‍♀️ But I’ll try to control myself going forward.

          • 104 vcprezofan2
            February 1, 2021 at 10:34 pm

            🙂 Thanks, SW. I’m hoping I’ll be able to remember more if the info doesn’t come at me in large bites. The more I find out, the more and more impressed I am at the fortitude of our ancestors in the face of continued, determined malevolence. I am very proud of those whom I follow, and I look forward to BHM because it always seem to bring ‘new’ personalities into the spotlight. Such a long line behind us!!

  69. 105 pkayden
    February 1, 2021 at 5:49 pm

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  71. 109 ggail44
    February 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    I bet you didn’t know…

    Click to access _1.pdf


  72. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    February 2, 2021 at 2:05 am

    I can’t remember exactly what he did or said at the time to call attention to himself, but I remember thinking way back at Sen. Robert Byrd’s 2010 funeral held in WV, that then-Governor Manchin had snubbed President Obama or did something that made me wonder if he were racially prejudiced against him. I feel like it was something he did or didn’t do as host that was lacking in presidential protocol – obviously for no “good” reason. And now I see this story.

    P.S. You mess with President Obama, I’ll “hate” you forever, even if I can’t remember why I hate you. Gotta be me.

    • 111 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2021 at 2:07 am

      Obviously, I hit the wrong post – better get some sleep! Goodnight, TODville and all the ships at sea!

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