Everyday around the world Black history is being made. The last spotlight of the week is dedicated to Opera singer, Leontyne Price. Black people are the roots of this country and our history has made such an impact on the American culture. This spotlight series was to showcase pacemakers and game changers of yesterday and today. As the month of February comes to a close, we want you to think, how you can do to contribute to black history today. Tomorrow is not promised so make the most of what you have today.
Legends never die, their legacy lives on forever. Black History Month Spotlight of the Week is still on the move. This week, we are highlighting innovator extraordinaire, Madame C.J. Walker. A true pioneer and staple in the African American community. Did you know that she invented the first hot comb? Stay tuned for more Black History all month long.
The world can say their final farewells to the legendary actress, Cicely Tyson at a public viewing today at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. Tyson was a long time member of the church and will be available to view from 10am to 6pm. COVID-19 protocol will be in place, masks and social distancing will be required. Please be advised that photographs and video will not be permitted.
Tyson was a New York native born on December 19,1924. In the early days of her career, the Harlem native, modeled before becoming the star we knew her as. Tyson was the recipient of 49 awards and has been nominated for numerous other prestigious honors. Tyson most recently released her memoir right before her passing. She was truly a lady of style, grace and talent.
Ms. Tyson was 96 years old when she departed on January 28, 2021. Her impact of the culture will forever live on. Sending love and light to the Tyson family and friends.
Today’s Black History Month Spotlight, goes to a pioneer who opened the door for so many who followed. No other than the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.
Did you know that there is a New York State Park named after the trailblazer? The park is located in Brooklyn, NY. It is open and is also still under development.
On Monday evening, Mary Wilson passed away at the age of 76. This has been confirmed through the late signers publicist, Jay Schwartz. The cause of death has not been release at this time.
The founding member, most famously stood side by side with Diana Ross, Florence as the hit group, ‘The Supremes‘ in 1959. In a statement with NPR, Motown creator Berry Gordy said,
I was always proud of Mary. She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.”Berry Gordy, Motown Founder
Wilson’s services will be private due to the current social distancing restrictions and is scheduled to take place at a later time. Wilson leaves behind her daughter, son, grandchildren, sister and brother.
Sleep In Peace Ms. Wilson and Condolences to the Wilson Family and Friends.
Today’s spotlight goes to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Check out some fun facts about the late trailblazer. Did you know that Madame Vice President Kamala Harris ( also a Howard alum) was sworn into office using Justice Marshall’s Bible?
To kick-off Black History Month and in light of February also being American Heart Month, the first spotlight features Dr. Daniel H. Williams III. Stay tuned for more highlights of black excellence.