Friday, March 24, 2017

Little known Black history fact - Vernice "Flygirl" Armour

The U. S. Marines 1st Black female aviator and U. S. Armed Forces combat pilot! COMBAT PILOT! Vernice Armour. And she's from this era. Young and vibrant and a motivational speaker. Lord...The stories she must have about the Boys Club. A sistah in the clouds. Ahhh! Read about her and bask in her greatness.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Paul R. Williams - Master Architect

In the world of early to mid-twentieth-century architecture, the name Paul R. Williams quietly stands out. You’ve seen his work and probably didn’t know it. St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The Beverly Hills Hotel re-design. The homes of Frank Sinatra, Lucile Ball and her hubby Desi Arnaz, Lon Cheney. The list goes on. This orphan hailed from Los Angeles.reached for his dream and achieved it. He kept pushing forward, never knowing if his desire and skill were going to take him where he KNEW he belonged. After years of study, apprenticeship, and the usual, deliberate roadblocks, he accomplished his heart’s desire. Architect Beyond the Norm,, he is a touchstone for architects of all hues, but especially for black ones. His remarkable works dot the U. S., L. A. in particular, as he was the go-to guy for Hollywood stars during the 30s, 40s and 50s when they wanted a unique abode. He was barred from entering the major attractions and buildings he designed, even banned from purchasing the parcels of land the homes he built stood on, due to racism, but he got the last laugh because he is remembered today for the beauty of those structures.

The "R" stands for Revere. Is that patriotic enough for ya, America?

February 18, 1894 - January 23, 1980

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hallie Quinn Brown - Suffragette Extraordinaire!

No. She's not the unsinkable Molly Brown. She's the unsinkable Hallie Quinn Brown! Just as vocal, unstoppable and wise. Read all about her. She was inexhaustible.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Selma Hortense Burke - Sculptor

Ms. Burke was a famed artist and that was a fact because her work was allegedly stolen by another. And  THAT'S how YOU know you've arrived. Her sculpture of Franklin D. Roosevelt was "borrowed from" by U.S. Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock for Roosevelt's image on the dime. He denied the claims that his work was not original. Oh well. What else is new?

Anyhoo, Ms. Burke went on with her life. Always the best revenge!

December 31, 1900, Mooresville, NC - August 29, 1995, New Hope, PA