July 4 has come and gone, but how can we forget the moving and powerful speech Frederick Douglass made on that day in 1852. Douglass stood before a crowd in Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York to deliver the moving, “The Meaning Of The Fourth Of July For The Negro.”
Poet, author, and teacher Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas. Brooks always loved to write. She began writing at an early age and her mother encouraged her writing skills by saying, ”You are going to be the lady Paul Laurence Dunbar.” Her premonition was right.
Ms. Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song,” was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. Also known as the Queen of Jazz, Fitzgerald’s scat-like vocals brought a new trend to the jazz and music industry.
News With Attitude received a history lesson for the books as we were able to talk to the one and only Dick Gregory. The actor, comedian, activist (to name a few titles) gave us the real on his relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and what it meant to stand up in the face of adversity during the Civil Rights era. As Gregory poured into us, we identified with the amazing wisdom that was so rich, it oozed out of him.
Luckily for us, movie director Raoul Peck brought his vision to life by turning the manuscript into an hour and a half long documentary.
In a time where Black women were typically domestic workers widely known for taking care of their families as well as others, they were also at NASA giving their mathematical expertise while dealing with the company’s first space adventures.