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It’s Women’s History Month: Celebrate “Hidden Figure” and human computer, Katherine Johnson

It's Women's History Month: Celebrate "Hidden Figure" and human computer, Katherine Johnson

“Over a decade before Neil Armstrong made “one small step for man,” Katherine Johnson was making giant leaps for all women. Despite the fact that Johnson was the “human computer” behind the calculations that were critical to launching the first American in space, sending the first American man to orbit the Earth, and landing the first human on the moon, her place in history remained largely unrecognized—until now. In 1953 she began working at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)’s West Area Computing unit, a group of African American women who manually performed complex mathematical calculations for the program’s engineers. The women, known…
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It’s Women’s History Month: She could accept the injustice, or she could rewrite the law

It's Women's History Month: She could accept the injustice, or she could rewrite the law

“Every six months, the routine was the same for 21-year-old Harvard student Amanda Nguyen. She would walk through the doors of her local rape crisis center in Massachusetts and plead to administrators: Do not destroy my rape kit. With the massive backlog of rape kits in the U.S., it was nearly impossible in some states to ensure that a kit was tested, let alone even track down its location. New York City alone reportedly has an estimated 17,000 untested rape kits. Under Massachusetts law, Nguyen had to locate her own rape kit and file an extension to preserve the evidence in…
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It’s Women’s History Month: Celebrate Mary Herrera, an Iraq Shero.

It's Women's History Month: Celebrate Mary Herrera, an Iraq Shero.

“Mary Jessie Herrera is from Somerton, a little town near Yuma, Arizona, not far from the Mexican border. A fourth-generation American, Mary always wanted to go into the military. Mary became a sergeant in the Military Police. She looks as if she weighs maybe 100 pounds dripping wet but does not see herself as petite. “I think of myself as a big person,” she said. “I never thought of myself as a female or Hispanic in the military; I was a soldier, period. I carried my own weight. There was nothing girly about me in the military. I don’t like labels.…
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The Origins Of Women’s History Month

The Origins Of Women's History Month

Women’s History Month in the United States grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa. Did you know? To coincide with Women’s History Month 2011, the White House issued a 50-year progress report on the status of women in the United States. It found that younger women are now more likely than their male counterparts to hold a college…
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Black History Month 2019 theme: Black Migrations … But is reverse migration reshaping US cities?

Black History Month 2019 theme: Black Migrations … But is reverse migration reshaping US cities?

“Alden Loury remembers when buying his home felt like achieving the American dream. A black journalist from Chicago, Loury, and his wife were able to purchase a home for $165,000 in 2005 in Auburn Gresham, a predominantly black neighborhood on the city’s south side, where he grew up. “I felt great,” he told Curbed. “I was back in my neighborhood. I knew the streets and the places I went to as a kid were still here.” For Loury, who grew up in public housing as well as an apartment in a three-flat, buying a bungalow in his old neighborhood was…
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Tuskegee Airmen and the P51Mustang become “Red Tails”

Tuskegee Airmen and the P51Mustang become "Red Tails"

“The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses; and helped encourage the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces. SEGREGATION IN THE ARMED FORCES During the 1920s and ‘30s, the exploits of record-setting pilots like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart had captivated the nation, and thousands of young men and women clamored to…
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Saluting those in black history about whom we may say, “Who?”

Saluting those in black history about whom we may say, “Who?”

“Oh, Miss Scarlett, I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout birthin’ babies”, Gone with the Wind, 1939. Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The “Butterfly” stage name, which does describe her constantly moving arms, actually derives from dancing the “Butterfly Ballet” in a 1935 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Her stage debut was in “Brown Sugar,” directed by George Abbott for whom she did several other stage shows. In 1939 she appeared as the…
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There is a reason February is Black History Month

There is a reason February is Black History Month

Be in the know… “Black History Month or National African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U. S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. The story of Black History Month began…
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Let’s get this year started off right!

Let's get this year started off right!

One Simple Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet -by Marc Chernoff “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.”—The Invitation by Oriah  7 Billion Stories in the World I don’t care what you do or what you own.  I just want to know who you are.  I want to know your uniqueness, the experiences you’ve had and the lessons you’ve learned.  I want to know your story. What is your story?  Everyone has one.  And no two stories are exactly…
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Christmas Wish #5 Inspiration

Christmas Wish #5  Inspiration

Strongest Dad in the World  by Rick Reilly for Sports Illustrated “Eighty-five times Dick Hoyt pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars – all in the same day. Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right? And what has Rick done…
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