Fannie Wall

Fannie Franklin Wall 1860-1944 Fannie Wall was a clubwoman, civic leader, community activist, and children’s home founder. A prominent community activist, she took part in several organizations promoting African American economic empowerment and antiracism. Wall was active in the National Association of Colored Women whose motto was ‘Lifting As We Climb’ Wall was ‘the motivating spirit’ behind… Continue reading Fannie Wall

Mamie Till- Mobley

Mamie Till-Mobley 1921-2003 Mamie Till-Mobley was the mother of Emmett Till, who was tortured and lynched while visiting Mississippi in 1955. Only 14, he was wrongly accused of whistling at a white woman. Mamie Till insisted on an open casket at his funeral as “I wanted the world to see what they did to my boy.” After her… Continue reading Mamie Till- Mobley

Lydia Flood Jackson

Lydia Flood Jackson 1862 –1963 Lydia Flood Jackson fought for African American civil rights and was a champion of women’s rights. She was an active clubwoman and first legislative chair of the California State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs.   As a political activist, she traveled to Mexico, South America and the West Indies for lectures. Jackson… Continue reading Lydia Flood Jackson

Nina Simone

Eunice Kathleen Waymon better known as Nina Simone. Singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. Nina Simone 1933-2003 Trained as a classical pianist, Simone’s musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach. In one of her first jobs, playing at a jazz club, she was told she had… Continue reading Nina Simone

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges 1954 – At age six, Ruby Bridges advanced the cause of civil rights in November 1960 when she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South (New Orleans). A lifelong activist for racial equality, in 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through… Continue reading Ruby Bridges

Coretta King

Coretta Scott King 1927 – 2006 Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. She met her husband while attending graduate school in Boston. They were both active in the American civil rights movement and Coretta King was active in the Women’s Movement. Two months after her husband’s assassination in 1968 she founded… Continue reading Coretta King

Anna Douglass

Anna Murray Douglass (1813 – 1882) Anna Murray Douglass was an American abolitionist, member of the Underground Railroad, and the first wife of American social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass, from 1838 to her death. Anna Murray was a laundress and housekeeper. She met Frederick Douglass when he was working as a caulker at the docks of and… Continue reading Anna Douglass

Elizabeth Eckford

Elizabeth Ann Eckford   1941– Elizabeth Ann Eckford is one the first black students to attend classes at formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Will Counts of the Arkansas Democrat took the photo of her that inspired this painting. Eckford only spent one year at Little Rock Central High where she and the other black students were tormented… Continue reading Elizabeth Eckford

Anna Mangin

Anna Mangin (1844 – 1931) Anna Mangin was awarded a patent in 1892 for the Pastry Fork. The designed allowed the user to beat eggs, mash potatoes, prepare salad dressing, and work together butter and flour without having to touch the food with his or her hands.   In 1893, Mangin’s Pastry Fork was displayed… Continue reading Anna Mangin