Sunday, February 2, 2014

Some African-American Facts for today

I thought I'd post three little-known facts in Black American history today to kick off the festivities.

Octavia Butler was a dyslexic. Despite her disorder, this science fiction writer proceeded to win Hugo and Nebula awards for her writing. She also scored a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation

Shirley Chisholm ran for President of the United States in 1972. The fiery, proud educator and Brooklynite outlived 3 assassination attempts during her campaign..

Fugitive slave, Josiah Henson, escaped slavery in 1830 Maryland to live in Ontario, Canada. He established a freedmen's settlement. His autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself (1849), is thought to be the model for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Oh, yeah. Go Seahawks!

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