Day -518- Daily Haibun Journey — Constance Baker Motley

During the civil rights movement Constance Motley helped desegregate Southern schools, buses and lunch counters. She was a key strategist within the movement. She even argued successfully nine of ten cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate was Constance…


Tamika Mallory is a fiery outspoken New Yorker who has been a constant in the civil rights movement for almost twenty years. She is esteemed as a leader of social justice, an advocate and activist as well as a mother. Her work focuses on equal women’s rights and economic empowerment. It also focuses on gun violence, criminal reform and accountability of police officers.

She is a significant force amongst government officers, policy makers and other community advocates within her city. Tamika was one of the four co-chairs for the women’s march on Washington. This was the largest single day protest in US history.

raising a voice
for social justice
stirring fires


Marley Dias was fourteen when she made her first mark on history, that was in 2015. She founded the # 1000 BlackGirlBooks. This was a successful campaign which became an international movement to donate children’s books that featured black girls as the protagonist. The drive was launched November 2015 and…


Day -514- Daily Haibun Journey — Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson passed away one year ago on this date, February 24, 2020 at the age of 101. She was an integral part of the Nasa team doing the numbers necessary to orbit and retrieve a man orbiting the earth and in sending a man to the moon. She was…


Day -513 — Daily Haibun Journey — Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a breath of fresh air. Ajayi Jones is a speaker, an author and digital strategist. She is originally from Nigeria, but her family moved to the US when she was nine. She began using her voice at a young age through a blog. She has a…


Day — 512- Daily Haibun Journey — Julieanna Richardson

Julianna Richardson has a bachelors degree from Brandeis University in Theatre Arts and American Studies. Later she earned a doctoral degree in law from American University. Ms. Richardson discovered the power of oral history while in college and it was that experience that sparked her ideas for History Makers. It is the largest single archival project of since the WPA period in the 30’s where they recorded former slaves. The purpose of this archive is to preserve these firsthand accounts for future generations and to educate them on the educate individual accomplishments of African Americans and showcase those who were integral in the civil rights movement. This priceless collection contains between 15,000 and 20,000 recordings.

voices from the past
retelling our history
remembered truths


Day -511 — Daily Haibun Journey — Hadiyah-Nicole Green

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green was the first African American to receive her doctorate degree in physics. She is known for the development of a method which using laser-activated nanoparticles as a potential cancer treatment. Hadiyah-Nicole Green came to career choice via personal tragedy. By the age of four she lost both her mother and her grandparents. She went to St. Lois, Missouri to stay with her Aunt Ora Lee Smith and Uncle General Lee Smith. Int in her early 20s, both her aunt and uncle were diagnosed with cancer.Hadiyah-Nicole Green now works as an assistant professor in the surgery department and started the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation in honor of her late aunt.


Day -510 — Daily Haibun Journey — Prathia Hall

Since the age of 15 Prathia Hall wanted to join the civil rights movement. After attending Temple University, she joined the SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She participated in many civil rights activites and even joined the freedom riders. …


Marian Anderson is considered one of the most important singers of the 20th century. She sang a wide variety of music from spirituals to opera. She was a contralto best known for her extraordinary three-octave vocal range. She first began singing across the US and in Europe in the twenties.


Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist and fought ardently for voting rights. Fannie was one the youngest of 20 children born to sharecroppers. By sixth grade she had to quit school to pick cotton on the plantation. Hamer’s awareness of the unfairness of the Jim Crow rules of…

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