Tag: Activist

Mbali Z. Ndlovu is on a mission to make black women look and feel amazing

When black women inspire each other to live healthy lives, it’s a wonderful thing.

After starting a small fitness group with just a few of her friends, Mbali Z. Ndlovu learned this firsthand.

She was happy, healthy and seeing the positive effects of implementing these changes to her lifestyle.  This intimate accountability group grew to a health and fitness community for Black women in New York of over 800 women…

Get inspired by Mbali Z. Ndlovu by learning more about Lukafit.

— Read on thegrio.com/2017/12/01/lukafit-black-women-look-amazing/

Alfred Edgar Smith (1903–1986) – Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Alfred Edgar Smith was active in the battle for equal rights for African Americans as an author, government worker, educator, journalist, and club leader.

Alfred Smith was born in Hot Springs (Garland County) on December 2, 1903. His parents were Jesse Rufus Smith, born a slave in Roanoke, Virginia, and Mamie Johnson Smith. Both worked at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. Later, the couple began to work at the Crystal Bathhouse, a spa for African Americans. Jesse became manager and Mamie the bookkeeper.

Smith worked his way through Langston High School as a night bellhop for the Eastman and Arlington Hotels and as an exercise boy at Oaklawn Park Racetrack. He was a member of a Langston High School choir that sang spirituals for famous visitors to Hot Springs.

When he had saved enough money to pay the fees, Smith entered Howard University in Washington DC in 1920. He was adept at English and social studies. He had problems in trigonometry, algebra, calculus, and astronomy and hired a West Indian student to tutor him in mathematics.

He became aware that West Indians were discriminated against on the campus at Howard. W. E. B. Du Bois, editor of the Crisis Magazine, encouraged him to write an essay about the treatment of West Indians on the campus. The article was published in the Urban League magazine Opportunity in 1933.
— Read on www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx

Celebrating the Black Press – The Washington Post

Twenty-nine years ago, a delegation of the Capital Press Club went to Martinsville, Va., and pleaded with the governor on behalf of seven black men who were accused of raping a white woman.

Although they lost that particular fight when all seven were found guilty and later executed, the pioneering club remained a small but influential voice against bias.

— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1979/03/17/celebrating-the-black-press/07b06fdf-84e7-42de-a91d-6821dcdc5a84/

Another Example Of White’s Using Their Stolen Power To Deprive Blacks of Life!

People Are Rallying Around A Detroit Pregnant Mother Sentenced To Prison For Simply Defending Herself. Siwatu-Salama Ra mother and community leader in Detroit, was trying to defend herself when she was violently confronted by her neighbor. The neighbor rammed her vehicle into Siwatu’s car while her two-year old was inside and then tried to use the vehicle to run Siwatu and her mother over. Fearing for their lives, Siwatu, who is a licensed concealed gun owner, held her weapon in plain sight, hoping it would stop her neighbor from running them over. The gun was unloaded and no one was hurt.

Still, she was sentenced to two years in prison and is now behind bars and pregnant. 

Siwatu’s legal team is pursuing various tactics, including requesting she be released on bond pending appeal, reversal of the conviction, and a commutation and/or pardon. After already going through one high-risk pregnancy, Siwatu’s doctor warned the judge of the serious health threats she will face while in prison. Her lawyers are doing everything they can to get her home so she can have a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Michigan has a specific law, popularly known as the Stand Your Ground law to protect people who act by using a firearm to defend themselves from another person who they believe is going to cause unlawful harm to them if there is “an honest and reasonable belief that force is imminent.” However, instead of the law working for Siwatu, it was used against her.

Here’s the link to their fundraiser

Doris Hollis Pemberton, civic leader, reporter, and author.

DYK on this day in #MoorStory365 that on November 14, 1917, Doris Hollis Pemberton was born. She was an Alkebulan Abya Yala civic leader, reporter, and author. Pemberton was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, the daughter of John Henry and Della Mae (Powdrill) Hollis. She spent her childhood in Limestone County near Comanche Crossing, Webb Chapel, Rocky Crossing, and Groesbeck, Texas. She enrolled at Texas College, Tyler, when she was 16 years old and she graduated from Texas Southern University at Houston in 1955.

She attracted national attention in 1944 when she became the first Black reporter to cover a state Democratic convention in Texas, writing for the Dallas Express. Pemberton found a racially offensive placard situated near her seat at the convention and hurled the placard away. About 4,000 spectators both cheered and booed as newsreel cameras filmed the incident.

She later moved to Houston, where during the 1950s she helped develop classes in arts, crafts, and science for Black children at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Singer Sewing Center, and the United Gas Cooking School. Eventually she received a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, but she never practiced.

Hollis was married to Charles Pemberton and had four children. She was a member of the Newspaper Institute of America, the National Council of Negro Women, the Auxiliary to the Houston Medical Forum, the Houston Council on Human Relations, the 4-H Club, the Blue Triangle YWCA, the National Association for Financial Assistance to Minority Students, the Women of Achievement, and a number of other organizations.

She wrote a book, “Juneteenth at Comanche Crossing,” in 1983, a history and reminiscences of people and places in her native Limestone County. Doris Pemberton died in Houston in May 1990, and was buried at the Paradise Cemetery.

Shirley Graham DuBois, Wife of W.E.B. Du Bois

DYK on this day in MoorStory365 that

on November 11, 1907, Shirley Graham DuBois was born. She was an Alkebulan Abya Yala author, playwright, composer, and activist.She was born in Evansville, Indiana, to a minister father and homemaker mother. Her family moved around the country quite a bit when she was a child, and Shirley’s earliest memories are from New Orleans. Young Graham graduated from high school in Spokane, Washington.

She married young, but her husband died within three years, leaving her with two sons… in a all to familiar occurrence with moor people Grahams father David Graham feared that a mob was coming to burn down his church. The community meeting he had organized to protest the killing of a young Black boy by a policeman had stirred up trouble. So Graham stood before his congregation with a loaded gun and a Bible, told the women and children to get out of harm’s way, and prepared, alongside 21 armed men, to fight.

In the end, nothing came of it, but the reverend’s young daughter, Shirley, about age 6, was marked forever by the scene and others like it in the American South at the turn of the last century. As a result, she devoted her life to fighting racism and oppression as a writer and an activist. Unlike the contributions of her second husband, famed civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, Graham Du Bois’ have largely been forgotten, but Komozi Woodard, a historian at Sarah Lawrence College, insists they were very much a “power couple” and that Graham Du Bois was Du Bois’ equal in many ways.

Graham moved to Paris in 1929 to study music composition. A year later, she returned to America teaching at Morgan College in Baltimore for two years. Graham then taught music and arts at Agricultural and Industrial State College in Nashville. She also became a supervisor at the Chicago Federal Theater in 1936. She wrote a number of plays, “Coal Dust,” 1938, “I Gotta Home,” 1939, and “Dust to Eart,” 1941. She also wrote a play for radio Track Thirteen in 1940.

Shirley Graham married noted African American thinker, writer, and activist W.E.B. DuBois in 1951. Ms. Dubois became a citizen of Ghana in 1961. Relocating to Cairo, Egypt, where her son worked as a journalist, DuBois wrote and published for the rest of her life. Some of her works include: “His Day is Marching On,” 1971, “Game! Abdul Nasser, Son of the Nile,” 1974, “Julius K. Nyerere, Teacher of Africa,” 1975, and a novel “The Zulu Heart.” Shirley DuBois died from breast cancer in March 1977.