#28DaysOfRoyalty: Guion “Guy” Bluford

August 30, 1983 – Guion “Guy” Bluford became the first African American to travel to space. Bluford received his BS from Pennsylvania State University in 1964, joined the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and earned his master’s degree in aerospace engineering in1974. He was determined and kept his eye on the prize. There were 35 people chosen to be a part of NASA’s astronaut class of 1978. Of the 35, 3 were African-American males and six were females, including Sally Ride. It was evident to the three males (Bluford, Fred Gregory and Ron McNair) that one of them would make history by becoming the first African American astronaut to successfully go to space. Click on link below to watch the video and learn more about Guion Bluford.

http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh7tASxy03URLCtk03

Guion Bluford  Born November 22, 1942  (Currently 71yrs old)

Guion Bluford
Born November 22, 1942
(Age 71)

I felt an awesome responsibility, and I took the responsibility very seriously, of being a role model and opening another door to black Americans, but the important thing is not that I am black, but that I did a good job as a scientist and an astronaut.”

– Guion Bluford

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Work Cited

  • Huffington Post
  • Biography Channel
  • Youtube – WSHH
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28 Days of Royalty: Daisy Bates

“Pioneer. Leader. Citizen. Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock.”

Enjoy these short videos below – they give you a great overview of who Daisy Bates was to her community.

“Pioneer. Leader. Citizen. Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock.”

Daisy Bates was a woman before her time – she, at a time when women were not seen as equals, spoke as a leader and made moves only men were expected to make. I am somewhat familiar with her story – as I grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas up until 1998. Daisy Bates vowed to make a difference. She was the president of the Little Rock NAACP chapter. Even when the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, Arkansas public schools still would not comply with the law. In 1957 Bates aided in creating the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine African American students who would eventually be permitted to attend Central High School in Little Rock. It took President Eisenhower to send federal troops to make this happen. But finally in

Throughout it all, Bates provided these students with moral support and welcomed them into her home. She was an incredible woman who stood shamelessly for the rights of blacks.

Daisy Bates November 11, 1914 - November 4, 1999

Daisy Bates
November 11, 1914 – November 4, 1999

“No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.”

-Daisy Bates

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Work Cited:

  • bio.com
  • youtube

To 50 More Facebook Likes… *cheers

Yesterday (2/25/14), we reached 50Likes” on Facebook! We’re “Movin’ On Uppp…” hahah

We set a goal of 50 Likes by the end of February, and we met it! — actually, we exceeded it minutes later. So now we’re at 51 likes :) — with only 15 of them from personal invites; thank you to the fabulous Tribe of Ce’Marie lovers. We truly appreciate you all giving us a chance ♥

New Goal: 100 likes by the end of April :D

If you haven’t already, go check us out & LIKE us on Facebook:

– click here ☞☞ www.facebook.com/cemariebooks

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28 Days of Royalty: Rosa Parks

5 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks (courtesy of History.com):

  1. Parks was not the first African-American woman to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus — * There were a few (2-4) others before her
  2. Parks had a prior encounter with the bus driver, James Blake, who demanded she vacate her seat for the white passenger — *He had forced her to vacate the bus once before after she refused to enter through the back door even though she payed her fare at the front door. She vowed to never ride on a bus driven by him again
  3. Parks not giving up her seat was not premeditated — *She states in her autobiography that if she had been paying attention she actually would have never gotten on Blake’s bus, thus there probably wouldn’t have been an issue on that specific day
  4. Parks was not sitting in a whites-only section — *She was sitting in a middle section that was available to African Americans
  5. Parks did not refuse to leave her seat because her feet were hurting — *Physically, she felt just as she felt any other day after a long day’s work. But mentally, she was tired of giving in

View her story below:

Rosa Parks February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks
February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

“Arrest me for sitting on a bus? You may do that.”

– Rosa Parks

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Work Cited

  • bio.com
  • history.com
  • youtube.com
  • Google images

28 Days of Royalty: Frederick Douglass

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Continuing our ‘Black Heritage Series’ – take a few minutes to watch this short but informative video on Fredrick Douglas (please click on link above).

Frederick Douglass February 1818 - February 20, 1895

Frederick Douglass
February 1818 – February 20, 1895

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

– Frederick Douglass

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Work Cited:

  • image: voiceofdetroit.net
  • Video courtesy of WSHH

28 Days of Royalty: Sojourner Truth

Today we continue to recognize trailblazing African Americans. Let’s shine the spotlight on Sojourner Truth…

Sojourner Truth escaped slavery in the late 1820’s with her youngest daughter, leaving the rest of her children behind. Soon after her escape, Truth learned her 5 year-old son had been illegally shipped from New York to Alabama to a slave owner–after New York had abolished slavery in July of 1827. Sojourner fought in court for her son’s freedom and safe return to New York. And she won. This was the first time an African American woman successfully sued a white man in a United States court.

Sojourner Truth is even more well-known for her “Ain’t I a Woman” speech she gave at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851. Check it out below, it’s powerful.

Sojourner Truth was a strong women’s rights and civil right activist and believed anything [a white man] could do [people of color, including women] could do just as well, if not better.

Sojourner Truth 1797 - November 26, 1883

Sojourner Truth
1797 – November 26, 1883

“If women want rights more than they got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about them.”

“I’m not going to die, I’m going home like a shooting star.”

– Sojourner Truth

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Work Cited

  • bio.com
  • image: success.com (via Google)

Valentine Cards Bring Smiles to Kids at CHLA

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Ce’Marie Tribe! Wonderful news – I am excited to share that the efforts of the Children Hospitals of Los Angeles to give each child patient a bag full of valentines day cards and goodies was a success! The children were not able to attend school on valentine’s day, thus they were not expecting any cards or candy on that day.

Nice people from all around the world helped make it happen – cards were filled out then delivered on valentines day to the children – ours included! It warmed our heart to see the event had such a great turnout and positive impact on the kids. Give yourselves a pat on the back – we brought a smile to some child’s face ♥ 2.14.14

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9433101 << click on link to check out abc news’ coverage of the event

28 Days of Royalty: Jackie Robinson

After baseball became segregated in 1889, the Major Leagues had not seen an African American player until Jackie Robinson in 1947. Jackie Robinson was a jack-of-all-trades type of athlete. He excelled at baseball, football, track and basketball; he even was named to the All-American football team. Financial troubles struck Robinson, just as it did in many African American households, causing Robinson to put some dreams and talents on hold. He enlisted himself into the U.S. Army and remained active for two years before getting honorarily discharged.

In 1945 Robinson returned to baseball. He played with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro League before being drafted by Brooklyn Dodgers’ president himself, Branch Rickey in 1947. Remember, baseball, the All-American sport, had been segregated for over 50 years. By Robinson accepting the offer to play for the Dodgers, he “pioneered the integration of professional athletics in America,” (jackierobinson.com). His brave participation in a sport where its players and fans hated the color of his skin and acted maliciously towards Robinson and his family because of their “blackness”, challenged the ill beliefs of whites in all of America. Like a true Hall of Fame-r, Jackie Robinson finished off his first year in the Major Leagues with an impressive resume of stats. Despite the cruelty he experienced from opposing teams, like being kicked in his ankles repeatedly by their spiked cleats, Robinson managed to still hit 12 home-runs, have “a league-leading 29 steals” and he walked away with the Rookie of the Year title. I’m curious if their mistreatment of him on the sly was more motivation for Robinson to hit those home-runs so he wouldn’t have to stop and endure discriminatory abuse… What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. And what tries to stop us, pushes us harder.

In 1962, Jackie Robinson was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Jackie Robinson January 31, 1919 - October 24, 1972

Jackie Robinson
January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”

-Jackie Robinson

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I help to change my nation by empowering our young girls and helping them realize their worth. How will you help change your nation? Comment below :)

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Work Cited:

  • jackierobinson.com
  • image: psacard.com (google images)

28 Days of Royalty: Harriet Tubman

Tired of the injustice. Spirit broken by the everyday occurrence of violence & abuse. Fatigued by the fight to keep her family together. Afraid that she would be sold after her former master’s death. It was time to go. To find a better life, North is where she’d flee.

Harriet Tubman was no stranger to hardship and struggle. But by 1849, she had had enough. After her husband refused to escape with her, Tubman set out to find freedom alone, around 90 miles north by way of the underground railroad. She succeed too. But she did not stop there. Tubman returned many times to the dangerous, dirty south with a mission to aid in the freedom of her family members and other slaves via the underground railroad. She became known as the “conductor” of the underground railroad, a complex, secret passageway of supportive households along the route to freedom, that would feed and house runaway slaves. Tubman is often referred to as the Moses of African-Americans,  our leader. In 1851, after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed–that required policemen of the north to help capture runaway slaves and send them back to their owners in the south–Tubman rerouted and helped slaves escape to Canada, where slavery was banned. Once the Civil War broke out, Tubman became a cook, nurse and a spy for the Union Army. Liberating more than 700 slaves in South Carolina, Tubman was the first woman to lead an “armed expedition.”

Harriet Tubman  1820 - March 10, 1913

Harriet Tubman
1820 – March 10, 1913

Watch this short, but influential 3 minute video below (courtesy of the History channel), on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman Short Video

“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and i never lost a passenger.”

“If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.”

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

– Harriet Tubman

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Remember, “every great dream begins with a dreamer” and every success begins with someone who acted upon their dream…

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Work Cited:

  • biography.com
  • video: History Channel | Youtube

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