Here are some brothers and sisters who were somehow left out of our Black History books! Please add these overlooked facts to your “firsts”, while teaching your family, friends or students these important events during Black History month:
Dedrick “Slick” Lawrence – First person to wear a fur coat when it’s not even cold outside.Charles “Sweet Mac” Farnsley – First to call someone else a jive turkey.TORNETTE PITTS: First to warp the time-space continuum by slapping somebody into next week.Sequoia Brimley – First person to go straight to church on Sunday after leaving the club earlier that morning.LOUISE PERKINS: First person to attempt to climb into a casket at a funeral.Rodney “Hot Rod” McKenzie – First to tell someone that they play too much.THADDEUS COLLINS: First person to wear a shower cap outside.CEEPHUS MCCOY: First to ask for change back from a church collection plate.George Watley – First person to sneak an entire dinner into a movie theatre.Amelia Wooten – First to start a soul train line at a wedding reception.Edna B. Cash – First to refer to soap operas as “the stories.”MAVIS BLACKWELL: First to use the phrase “the illustrious” to describe her pastor (i.e. – “I am a member of 1st Corinthian Leather Baptist Church where the illustrious P.J. Jones is the Pastor”).Drew Graves – First to sell bootleg music and movies in barber shops and outside grocery stores.TROY BOOKER: First to refer to a flavor of Kool-Aid as “red.”VIRGIL T. BANKS: First person to use the phrase “see, what had happened was…”JohnstonGreen – First to refer to someone as “high yellow.”Precious Robinson – First person to keep her good jewelry in a Crown Royal bag.JamaicaMasby – First to throw her hands in the air and wave them around as if she just didn’t care.Bennett “June Bug” McDaniel – Coined the phrase “My name is Bennett, and I ain’t in it.”Jefferson Clarks – Normalized the practice of shaking up a handful of sunflower seeds before eating them.UMAR X (birth name: Tyrone Griswold): First black male militant to marry a white woman.Roland Jones – Perfected the “make four cuts on the side to keep the middle from bubbling up” method of frying bologna.Jonathan “Lil’ Johnny” Porter – First person to tell a woman he’d drink her bathwater.EUGENE J. C. MILLSTON: First person to talk to the screen during a movie.Marquita Parker – First person investigated by DCFS for burning her child’s ears with a hotcomb.TAWANDA DAVIS : First person to use hair gel to create baby hair all over her head.WILL RICHARDS – First man to put something on his mama (i.e. – “TOUCH ME AGAIN AND WE GON’ FIGHT, MAN, I PUT THAT ON MY MAMA!”).
REV. W.J. SHANKLIN: Inventor of the church building fundJoseph Foster – First to inform people that you can’t eat just anybody’s potato salad.Etta Lee Green – First person to call somebody else “worsome.”Rufus Wellsley – First man to shoot someone over a game of spadesVERNONMCDANIELS: First person to eat a mayonaise sandwich.Neeka “Nee” Hollsworth – First person to use the phrase “than a mug” to describe something (i.e. – “It is colder than a mug out here!”).Tyrone Clayburn – First person to refer to someone as a “play cousin.”Raynard Mack – First person to put a utility bill in a child’s name.JOHNNIE MAE WILKINS: First person to proclaim herself “too blessed to be stressed.”Georgia Buston – First person to attempt to heal a broken limb with Robitussin and Witch Hazel.WILLIE LAMBERT: First man to slap the taste out of somebody’s mouth.Trisha Jones: First person to have “been had” something (i.e. – “You just now getting that new Kenny Lattimore CD? Man, I been had that”).Jason Hill – First person to purchase $2 worth of gas at a gas station.DELORES “BIG MAMA” COLE: First person to refer to diabetes as “that sugar.”ORVILLE WASHINGTON : First man to “wish a motherf**ker would….”Buford Humphries – First man to walk into a salon and request that his hair be “fried, dyed, and laid to the side.”AMBROSE WILLOBY: First person to tell someone that they “don’t know nothin’ bout this”Tenitra Hollbrook: First person to call somebody a player-hater.Tamika Bunsen -First to begin a sentence with the phrase “me myself personally…”SAMUEL HINKLEY, JR.: First person to take a picture in a Wicker ChairRUTHIE MCCAULEY: First person to inform somebody that she “don’t have to do sh** but stay black and die.”VONIQUE BATES: First person to successfully slap the black off of someone.THALMA MARTIN: Cultivator of the “ni**a please” facial expression.MAYBELL BROWN: First person to cover a piece of furniture in plastic for everyday use.These Brothers and Sisters have been omitted from the history books. After having read this, you know why