Blanche Calloway (February 9, 1904 -December 16, 1978) Jazz singer, bandleader, and composer from Baltimore. Not as well known as her younger brother Cab Calloway, the first woman to lead an all male orchestra. Made her first recordings in 1925, with Louis Armstrong.
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"This woman's son had to have his leg amputated because she wouldn't pay for his medical care. She was so desperate for money she committed forgery and perjury. But to no avail. She spent her life in squalor, filthy dresses, and eating nothing but irregular graham crackers to save money. She was Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street, with a fortune estimated at 17 BILLION (modern) dollars at the time of her death. Her daughter later donated most of the fortune to charity."
Sarah Collins Rudolph is the fifth little girl who was injured in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls readying for Sunday school. Her sister was killed in the bombing. She lost an eye, suffered severe cuts throughout her body, and has endured years of surgery and medical problems as a result of the bombing --sometimes without health insurance- - and has lived in poverty for the past 50 years.
"In 1956, Joanne Wilson stood with her niece in front of a movie theater in downtown Mobile, Ala., dressed in their Sunday best. “I wasn’t going in,” Mrs. Wilson recalled. “I didn’t want to take my niece through the back entrance."[COLORED ENTRANCE}. She smelled popcorn and wanted some. All I could think was where I could go to get her popcorn.” That moment was captured by Gordon Parks,.. [Continue reading at the New York Times.
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Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield (1824-1876) was called "the Black Swan" because of the elegance of her voice and grace of her state presence. Born a slave in Natchez, MS, she was freed when her mistress joined the Society of Friends. She began studying music in 1846. In 1854, she became the first African American singer to perform for Britain's royal family.
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