Febuary is Black History Month.
Today's post is written with a celebratory heart for those who have come before us.
For those who suffered and have risen above oppression.
In order to create a better world and to encourage the youth of today.
The History of Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week in the 1920's.
Many say that his goal was to inspire the African American students of that time to lead successful lives.
He wanted to share African American history with students at a time when it was a non existent topic in public classrooms. In February of 1976 Negro History Week became what we all now recognize as Black History Month
Taking The Fashion Industry By Pure Willpower
Elizabeth was born into slavery in 1818. She was fortunate enough to have the ability to purchased her freedom from her slave owner in 1860.
She also was successful in purchasing her son George out of slavery.
Elizabeth had to pay a total of 1,200 for the both of them. She earned the money for her freedom by picking up odd jobs as a seamstress
With her freedom Elizabeth was able to not only created a full time job for herself as a seamstress , she was also able to expand her clientele to include the belle of the balls.
She jumped at the opportunity on to create Mrs. Lincoln's dress for President Abraham Lincolns inauguration.
Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed Elizabeth's skill so much that Elizabeth became Mrs. Lincoln's personal seamstress, during her time in the White House.
On July 17,1888 Miriam Benjamin was granted paten number 382,289. For her design and creation of the
Gong & Single Chair.
This design is still used today. In fact you have probably used it and never realized the history of this particular design.
The Gong and Single Chair
was a chair that was designed with a button. Its purposed was for hotel use.
It allowed customers to push the button to get the attention of the staff. A way for customers to Single the staff that they needed additional assistance.
Is it starting to sound familiar? It is the same thing you use while flying to get the attention of the flight attendant.
.Miriam was born a free woman and taught in a school within the segregated municipal school system.
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