March is WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH! During the month you will see a slew of television programming on the contributions women made to America and the world. Here are 10 little know facts about black women and what they meant to mankind.
) After Josephine Baker, an African-American dance and singing icon, moved to France for opportunities unavailable to her in her home country, she smuggled intelligence to French allies during World War II. Source [Biography]
2) Actress and singer Pearl Bailey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Georgetown University after her career ended. Source [Biography]
During Shirley Chisholm‘s run for president in 1972, she survived three assassination attempts. Source [Biography]
4 ) Billie Holiday made “Strange Fruit,” the song about Black lynching in the South, famous, but it was originally a poem penned by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx.
Source [Biography and PBS.org]