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Celebrating Black History Month: Wilma Rudolph

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

–Wilma Rudolph[i] 

Ms. Wilma Glodean Rudolph was number 20 of 22 children, born in 1940 in Tennessee. She was sickly with polio which she overcame and went on to run track and field and win as first American women, three gold medals at a single Olympics in Rome in 1960.[ii] Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, in the 1980's she also established the Wilma Rudolph Foundation to promote non-professional athletes.

She graduated Tennessee State U. and left competition to become a mother of four and then wrote her autobiography in 1977, Wilma.

She died at 54 of a brain tumor.

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Celebrating Black History Month: Barbara C. Jordan

If you are going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule”.- Barbara Jordan[i]   “I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person”- Barbara Jordan

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Celebrating Black History Month: Jack Johnson

"If it seems like you are playing around and not practicing, that is when you know you really love it" -Jack Johnson

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Celebrating Black History Month: Booker T. Washington

“Great men cultivate love and only little men cherish a spirit of hatred; assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong; oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.” --Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery

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Celebrating Black History Month: Harriet Tubman

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you, the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”  --Harriet Tubman  

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Black History Month: Celebrating Nelson Mandela

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”- Nelson Mandela

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Lena Horne celebrating black history month

 "you have to be taught to be second class: you're not born that way" by Lena Horne 

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Celebrating black history month: martin luther king

The Purpose of Education, his Morehouse College Student Paper, The Maroon Tiger, written in 1947. Martin Luther King is quoted: "To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction." 

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celebrating black history month: Quoting  w.e.b. du bois

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celebrating black history month: focus on malcolm x


Malcolm X said: "I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color."

 

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