By Otha Richard Sullivan
Meet the black Achievers who attained the yank Dream-from the early years to trendy times"This outstanding ebook could be required interpreting for youth, who will learn the way many of the nation's such a lot profitable Black women and men turned function models."-Joyce Ladner, Ph.D.Robert Sengstacke AbbottTyra BanksMatel "Mat" Dawson Jr.Joe L. Dudley Sr.Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsS. B. FullerArthur George GastonEarl G. GravesEarvin "Magic" JohnsonJohn H. JohnsonRobert L. JohnsonQuincy JonesShelton "Spike" Jackson LeeWilliam Alexander LeidesdorffAbraham Lincoln LewisReginald Francis LewisAnnie Turnbo MaloneBridget "Biddy" MasonAnthony OvertonMary Ellen PleasantRussell SimmonsMadame C. J. WalkerOprah Gail WinfreyEldrick "Tiger" WoodsCrispus Attucks Wright
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She let everyone know she was African American. Pleasant continued to run her businesses and help those who were less fortunate, finding jobs for African Americans wherever she could. In 1904, Mary Pleasant died in San Francisco. She was buried in Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, California. ” She had lost much of her wealth, but at the time of her death, she left an estate of more than $300,000 to those who had helped her in her old age. ✦ MARY ELLEN PLEASANT ✦ 21 BRIDGET “B IDDY ” MASON (1818–1891) ✦ B ridget “Biddy” Mason was one of the most powerful women of the nineteenth century, but she began her life as a slave.
Their work made it impossible to ignore the issue. Abolitionists formed various anti-slavery societies that petitioned Congress, made anti-slavery speeches, and served as “conductors” on the Underground Railroad. TEACHING SLAVES TO READ A t the time, the teaching of reading to slaves was forbidden in slave states. Pun- ishment for such a “crime” could lead to imprisonment, beatings, or death. Slave owners knew that if slaves knew how to read, they would be more difficult to control. They understood the power of reading and realized that individuals who read can liberate themselves.
She trained her agents by going door-to-door with them, selling her products and giving free beauty treatments to demonstrate their quality. Madame Walker was one of Turnbo’s earliest sales agents, joining her around 1903. Annie Turnbo continued to build up her business. Its phenomenal growth was attributed to her shrewdness, persistence, hard work, and commitment. In 1917, she purchased an entire city block and built a multimillion-dollar complex, which included a vocational school called Poro College.