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Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer is best known for championing black voting rights, especially in her home state of Mississippi, one of many hotbeds for racially motivated voter suppression.

Madam C.J. Walker

Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, is widely regarded as one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Prompted by her experience with early hair loss during the 1890s, Walker created hair care remedies primarily with black women in mind.

Mary McLeod Bethune

After struggling to balance school with working on a plantation to help support her family, Bethune went on to become an educator herself, founding the Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute for girls in 1904. Bethune’s successful stewardship and fundraising for the school eventually gave way to a 1932 merger with the Cookman Institute to form what’s now known as Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.

Ruby Bridges

Although she lived mere blocks away from an all-white elementary school, segregation forced Ruby Bridges to travel for miles every day to attend an all-black kindergarten. Then, in 1960, Bridges was thrust into the national spotlight at the tender age of 6, as the first black child to racially integrate an all-white elementary school in the South. The move came less than a decade after the Supreme Court‘s Brown v. Board of Education ruling struck down school segregation.

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Patricia

My Inspiration

by Patricia on July 18, 2016

in Extracurricular

A public figure I admire is Stacy London. She hosted the TV show “What Not to Wear” and currently hosts another show called “Love, Lust or Run.” I admire her for many reasons. My career is similar to hers; I work at Nordstrom and help people find items and give them advice. We also share lots of similarities. We both come from highly academic families that studied philosophy, which is why we think alike. During interviews she shares universal truths about the world in the most fascinating way. I am fully engaged in what she has to say and agree with most of it. There are even some smaller things that we have in common. She mentioned that as a child she wore a Dorothy costume every year on Halloween. I happened to do the same as a child, only I wore mine every day. We even share some life struggles such as bullying.

I also admire that she campaigns against bullying and raises awareness for mental illness. My family has been greatly effected by mental illness; it traces back all the way to my great-great grandma! Lots of people caught up in fashion become materialistic; Stacy London does not fall into this. She is a well-rounded  person who received an education, pursued a career and fights for the cause!

 

 

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