Just because it’s the end of February doesn’t mean we need to lose the momentum! Keep teaching our children our History. This is everyone on earth’s history. We are always taught about the same 5 people who have contributed to the betterment of us but there are so many more. If you are looking for a resource that has a few unlikely names in them, check out this book that was gifted to my daughter from my studio teacher when I was a child. My daughter loves this book and we have read it several times. Mrs. RuthAnn Brown sent this as one of her birthday presents.

51 Black Heroes can be found now on Amazon

This book covers from the rulers of ancient Egypt to modern scientists, world-class athletes, and legendary performers, uncover the diverse lives of Black leaders and role models throughout history. Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids is packed with tons of awesome biographies from Africa, the United States, and around the world.

Explore the trailblazing stories of well-known standouts like Rosa Parks and Barack Obama, and lesser-known luminaries like Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African American doctor, and Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and mathematician. This black history book for kids makes it easy to learn about how these trailblazers created lasting change and paved the way for future generations.

Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids features:

Amazing biographies―Discover the stories behind famous icons as well as lesser-known individuals throughout history, including civil rights heroes (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), stars of the arts (Miles Davis), and scientists and pioneers (aviator Bessie Coleman).

Explore more!―Coupled with each biography in this black history book for kids is a short sidebar that gives you more ways to learn beyond the book.

Engaging portraits―Enjoy the full-color illustrations of these historical heroes while you read along.

                                  ~HAPPY LEARNING~


Yes, Leprosy was before our time! But if you have heard of it, you should have heard of Alice Augusta Ball. She was an American chemist who developed the “Ball Method”, the most effective treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century.

 She was the first woman and first African American to receive a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and was also the university’s first female and African American chemistry professor. Alice was one of four children born into a middle class well to do family. Alice’s father was the editor of the newspaper Colored Citizens, a photographer and a lawyer. Her mother was also a photographer. Her grandfather, James Ball, Sr., was a famous photographer, and one of the first Black Americans to make use of daguerreotypy,[ the process of printing photographs onto metal plates. Some researchers have suggested that her parents’ and grandfather’s love for photography may have played a role in her love for chemistry, as they worked with mercury vapors and iodine sensitized silver plates to develop photos.

At the University of Hawaii, Ball investigated the chemical makeup and active principle of Piper methysticum (kava) for her master’s thesis. Because of this work, she was contacted by Dr. Harry T. Hollmann at Kalihi Hospital in Hawaii, who needed an assistant for his research into the treatment of leprosy.


It is no accident that most of us have never heard of Frederick Douglas Patterson. He was an American entrepreneur known for the Greenfield-Patterson automobile of 1915, built in Ohio. He later converted his business to the Greenfield Bus Body Company.

Built by the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer, The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company, the Patterson-Greenfield automobile (pictured here) debuted in 1915, cost $850 and had a four-cylinder Continental engine, comparable to that of the Ford Model T. It’s not a coincidence that the model T is taught in elementary school but Frederick Douglas Patterson was Not! They have done their best to steal everything from us!

While in college at Ohio State University, he was also the first African American to play on its football team. He returned to Greenfield to join his father in his carriage business, which became C.R. Patterson and Sons. The younger man saw opportunity in the new horseless carriages and converted the company in the early 1900s to manufacture automobiles, making 150 of them. Later he shifted to making buses and trucks and renamed his company as Greenfield Bus Body Company. After Patterson’s death in 1932, his son kept the business going through much of the Great Depression, finally closing it in 1939.


Mary Seacole, née Mary Jane Grant, (born 1805, Kingston, Jamaica – died May 14, 1881, London, England), Jamaican businesswoman who provided sustenance and care for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War. Again, she was 15 years older than Florence!

Florence Nightingale receives all the accolades when Mary Seacole helped train her on how to sanitize and keep things sterile… Mary Seacole was a nurse. She was our first nurse, who pissed off the British and they are disgusted and hate to look at her as an icon. All because of the color of her skin again, doing all that they can to strip away the true history, OUR history! (But as we know, that’s what they do.) Children as early as preschool are taught about Florence while Mary Seacole is NEVER even mentioned in the history books.

The Black nurse story has been muddled over for long enough. It’s time people start demanding the history books change and Florence Nightingale is no longer taught without mentioning who trained her. Florence and Mary were friends! There was no hostility between the two and their goal together was to keep these soldiers alive, who were placed in a hospital over a sewer.

It’s been proven and documented that hygiene was taught to White people by Natives and Blacks. That’s who introduced them to bathing. So, it’s NO surprise a Jamaican woman had to teach them about sterilization because before she arrived (Not with Florence, on her own dime) soldiers were DYING because of unsanitary conditions.

 Yes, Florence went on to start a nursing school and did great things. Yes, her team of nurses helped many. I am not writing this to diminish her legacy, but I refuse to glorify her without paying homage to those who lead the way: her elder Mary Seacole! Then there’s the argument that Seacole is a symbol of political correctness gone mad because the great Black British icon isn’t, er, black. In a Spectator piece Rob Liddle took the baffling stance that Seacole was “three-quarters white”. This is despite contemporary depictions of her as a person “of colour” (and her own recollection that a White American at a dinner party said he wished he could bleach her skin). Doc McStuffins disappointed me by not teaching children the truth but then I had to step back and look at their writing team…


It’s not in the reports much like the lynchings of today or the murder of Martin Luther King! He didn’t die from the bullet, he was murdered. If you look up the court rulings, the government was found guilty but they don’t teach that narrative because they DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW!

For the younger generations who may not know Billie Holiday was a singer whose career spanned over 26 years. She died at the young age of 44 years old. On May 31, 1959, Holiday was taken to Metropolitan Hospital in New York suffering from liver and heart disease. She was arrested for drug possession as she lay dying, and her hospital room was raided by authorities.

Billie Holiday was Handcuffed to her hospital bed while dying!

Harry Anslinger, the first FBI director, notorious for his hatred of Black people, made it his job to destroy her, and her legacy because she refused to stop singing the song #StrangeFruit! (A song about Lynching) Under his direction, the hospital was ordered to stop giving her medical attention and she died within days. To listen to her song Strange Fruit


Janet wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused. She continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, Brave Ballerina is the story of a remarkable pioneer as told by Michelle Meadows, with fantastic illustrations from Ebony Glenn.

The book is available on

Janet Collins (March 7, 1917 – May 28, 2003) was an African American ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She performed on Broadway, in films, and appeared frequently on television. She was among the pioneers of Black ballet dancing, one of the few classically trained Black dancers of her generation.


This is Sgt. Isaac Woodward, in 1946 he was just 26 years old. A decorated war veteran, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He was traveling home on the bus, back to the very place I had my own run in with the police, South Carolina.

Sgt. Isaac Woodward was wearing his uniform. He was a decorated war vet who fought for this country!  Yes, I repeated myself because I want you to get the point!

There was a dispute with the bus driver over a restroom break because buses didn’t have bathrooms on them. The bus driver calls the police. Police show up, forcibly remove Sgt. Woodward, and hewas beaten so severely that he lost his sight. Evidence suggests his eyes were gouged out.

NO arrests. NO charges. The crime went unpunished. Sound familiar? Much like the things that are occuring in the U.S. today!

Did you know that over 1 million Black soldiers who fought in the WWII were DENIED the G.I. Bill? And those who did, were UNABLE to make use of the housing provisions, BECAUSE banks wouldn’t make loans for mortgages in black neighborhoods (Know your history. Know your Privilege) and EXCLUDED from the suburbs because of deed covenants and institutional racism.

This is the history they will never teach in schools about this nation. This is why generational wealth doesn’t exist in the Black community.

In short, the GI Bill helped foster a long-term boom in white wealth but did almost nothing to help build black wealth! This is one of the examples of INSTITUTIONAL RACISM, and how it works, and how it STILL works today.

This is why these marches and protests aren’t about the ACT of what bad policing, aggressive, and extreme tactics used towards people of color do, but the systemic inequalities and policies that black people have been addressing for DECADES!

This isn’t just Black History; this is WHITE AMERICAN HISTORY.


As a small child my idea of beauty was red lips and big hoop earrings. That was the idea I had in my head for my ideal look when I grew up. My mother would never let me wear large earrings as a child, but she always kept me in little hoops. I couldn’t wait for the day I was allowed to wear the big ones. 

Did you know hoop earrings date back to Nubia, a civilization that existed in the fourth century in what is now present-day Sudan?! In ancient Egypt, both men and women wore hoop earrings. Egyptian royalty including queens and pharaohs like Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen and Cleopatra wore gold hoops, but it was the style. For Egyptians, “earrings were seen as something that enhanced one’s beauty and sexuality.”  As a child, my mother told me earrings always make you look beautiful. I never leave the house without a pair on and the few times I have… I actually have stopped in the store and bought a pair, because I felt naked.

I grew up in a white neighborhood and they made sure to let me know my hoops were ghetto! Instead of it making me feel bad, I embraced it! After all, I am originally from Duquesne, PA… not Westlake Village, CA where I went to school. I had NO problem living my true-self and was always PROUD of exactly where I came from. My knowledge of self has always been STRONG even when my mother’s sisters tried their best to reprogram and whitewash me. I love my Blackness and I am proud of it! Some things are innate to who you are! Bamboo earrings are more than a L.L. Cool J song.

How refreshing it was to find out it’s in my blood! It’s a part of who I am… Egyptians that were not royalty were also buried wearing their hoop earrings, to enhance their beauty and appeal in their afterlife.

Hoop earrings are NOT a fashion trend but a fashion staple and a part of our history! 

Happy Black History Month, Sistas! Let’s keep passing our fashion staples down through generations. I will be putting some bigger hoops in my daughter’s ears this month thanks to Grandma! (She hooked her up.) Make it a “THANG” as you put those earrings in your daughters’ ears. Teach them it’s their history and to sport those earrings with pride!


Psychological verbiage is one of the biggest issues I’ve observed that minority parents have with our school system.

Elementary school teachers, please, as you’re planning your lessons for Black History Month, I beg you to pay attention to your verbiage! These historical names you will be teaching about were not born slaves! They were born people who were forced into slavery. I know many are like, what’s the difference. There is a big difference. When you are explaining things to children, it is your opportunity to shape their mind forever.

Slaves were thought of as less than…beneath others. So, calling them slaves before you call them people helps carry on the same mentality America has carried for centuries, which doesn’t help White America connect with empathy! It also plays on the self-esteem of your young black students. Early on, it embeds in their minds that they come from a lineage of the lessor than tribe of people! As if they were born from savages, which is the furthest from the truth!

As a teacher, this is your chance to really change the future of our country forever! Let’s not just make lesson plans surrounded by the mandatory guide lines. Let’s remember why you first got interested in your career and that was to help change the world one child at a time!

Empathy is something that some people are NOT born with, it needs to be taught. It is the “ability to consciously put oneself in the mind of another individual and imagine what that person is thinking or feeling.”  Automatically white children are not thinking, “This could be me.” So, they look over at sometimes the only black child in the class and associates it to them. (I know this first hand. I was the only black child in my class.  I dreaded the looks EVERY YEAR.)

It’s an opportunity to help children discover what they may have in common with these legendary people they are learning about. It is a proven fact that adults tend to feel greater empathy for an individual when they perceive the individual to be similar to them. So why would children be any different?

At this point, Black History Month is the only form of Reparations Black Americans have! So please, do it the justice it deserves.