A profile of Rosemary Brown, a Jamaica born Canadian politician who worked to eradicate racial and gender discrimination. Brown became the first Black woman elected to a Canadian parliament and only one of two Black people in parliament since the election of Mifflin Wistar Gibbs in 1866.
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I’ve had Selma, Alabama on my list of places to visit for quite some time and was finally able to make the three hour drive from Atlanta in early December. Many of Selma’s Black history sites revolve around the Voter Registration and Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. During my trip I was able to visit the Selma Interpretive Center; Ancient Africa, Enslavement, & Civil War Museum; Voting Rights Museum; First Colored Baptist Church; Brown Chapel AME; and Tabernacle Baptist Church.
A profile of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, one of the first doctors to perform open-heart surgery and the founder of America’s first Black-owned hospital. Dr. Williams graduated from medical school at a time when many Black doctors were prevented from practicing medicine in White hospitals. To circumvent this obstacle, he co-founded the Provident Hospital and Training School Association on the South Side of Chicago. He later performed one of the first successful open-heart surgeries on a young man who sustained severe stab wounds to the chest.
“Queen & Slim” is a drama written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas. The film tells the story of a young Black man and woman out on their first date in Cleveland, Ohio. When the date doesn’t exactly turn out to be a love connection, the two prepare to go their own way. On the drive home what should be a routine traffic stop goes wrong and the couple find themselves on the run after shooting a police officer in self-defense.
Phillis Wheatley was born in what is present-day Senegal/Gambia around 1753 and kidnapped from West Africa around the age of seven or eight. Within one and a half years of her arriving in Boston she had quickly learned English before moving on to history, literature, and theology. While in her early 20s, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by Phillis Wheatley became the first book published by a Black woman in America.