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Black History Month Appreciation Post!

I don't get on here often but before this month is over with I want to at least post some unknown facts about my people.

Black people created the card games Bridge and more
[quote]One of the few things that survived the Middle Passage during slavery were the card games. Though most of their culture, songs and language were stripped from them, slave owners often allowed slaves to play the card game because it helped their counting skills.

The card games evolved and the games of Bid Whist, Bridge, and Spades were born.[/quote]

The first poetry book was published by a black woman
[quote]Captured and sold into slavery as just a girl, Phillis Wheatley rose above her station to become the first published African American female author.

Despite living most of her life as a slave, she learned to read and write and studied the classic works. She was recognized as a gifted writer and published her first poem when she was only 12 years old[/quote]

A black man, Jerry Lawson, created the cartridge for videogames
[quote]Jerry Lawson was a Black man and an engineer during the 1970’s, a time when there were very few people who looked like him in that field. Despite not graduating from college, his creativity and technology skills helped him invent the interchangeable video game cartridge.

Prior to this, games were hard-wired into the gaming console and could not be changed. This invention single-handedly changed the video game industry and made the video game systems we have today possible.[/quote]


Black people made rock music, a black woman named Rosetta Tharpe is know as the "Grandmother of Rock 'n' Roll " [quote]Born in 1915, Tharpe blazed a musical trail with her distinctive voice and rollicking guitar, combining both secular and spiritual music in her own unique brand of rock. Greats like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash have credited her influence on their music.[/quote]

Betty Boop was inspired by a black Jazz Singer but never gotten credit for it.
[quote]She may have been drawn as an old Hollywood pinup girl, but cartoon Betty Boop was actually based on Esther Jones, a Harlem-based jazz singer. Jones was known for her use of “boops” in her singing as well as what was called a child-like scat, similar to that of her illustrated counterpart. [/quote]

Claudette Colvin was the first black woman to not give up her seat pre-dating Rosa Parks.
[quote]Many people learn about Rosa Parks fighting for desegregation on a Montgomery, Alabama bus—but they may not learn about Claudette Colvin, a young girl who did it before Parks. In 1955, at just 15 years old, she stayed seated and refused to move to the back of the bus for a White passenger. She was subsequently arrested. According to NPR, Colvin had learned about the plight of Harriet Tubman and other early activists in school before her arrest[/quote]


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