Ella Fitzgerald

1917–1996 Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer and band leader. She was also a civil rights activist, using her shows to break racial barriers across the nation. In 1949, she joined the Jazz at the Philharmonic tour which targeted segregated venues. The tour made sure there was no “colored” or “white” seating and… Continue reading Ella Fitzgerald

Marian Anderson

1897-1993 A Contralto, Marian Anderson performed with renowned orchestras and on the opera scene between 1925 and 1965. She started in the U.S. but performed in Europe because of segregated audiences. Anderson was an important figure in the struggle to overcome racial prejudice. In 1939, the Daughters of the American refused to allow Anderson to… Continue reading Marian Anderson

Marin TV Art Show

During June, July and August, I have a solo show of my art at the Georgia Annwell Gallery at Marin TV, 819 A Street, San Rafael, CA. Art Opening: June 16, Friday, 4-6 PM. Meet the artist! There will also be a book signing and both books in the Women of Color and Accomplishment series… Continue reading Marin TV Art Show

Mae Mallory

1927–2007 Mae Mallory was an activist of the Civil Rights Movement and a Black Power movement leader active in the 1950s and 1960s. She is best known as an advocate of school desegregation and of black armed self-defense Black History Perspective: Forgotten Intellectual TeenVogue — Mae Mallory Civil Rights Leader

Ayo Tometi

1984– Ayo Tometi, formerly known as Opal Tometi, is an American human rights activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM).She is the former Executive Director of the United States’ first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, working there… Continue reading Ayo Tometi

Alicia Garza

1981– Alicia Garza is an American civil rights activist and writer known for co-founding the international Black Lives Matter movement She has organized around the issues of health, student services and rights, rights for domestic workers, ending police brutality, anti-racism, and violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people of color. Her editorial writing has been… Continue reading Alicia Garza