Poet, Phillis Wheatley, (b.1753 - d. December 5, 1784) Was sold into slavery at age 7, and transported to North America (Boston Massachusetts). She was bought by John Wheatley and named Phillis after the ship that brought her. She was the first African American woman to have her writings published.
☥ The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia. According to the story, California was an island where only Black women lived. When Cortez arrived in California, searching for this mythical queen, her influence on him was so powerful that he paid tribute to Queen Califia by naming the state after her. California literally means, “the land where Black women live."
ZIPPORRAH Wife of the Writer of the First Five Books of the Bible And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.” (Num. 12:1) Members of both Christian and Jewish faiths are usually surprised to learn that the man God chose to write the first five books of the Bible was married to a black woman and suffered persecution for it. Moses’ wife was of Ethiopian (Cushitic) descent and her name was Zipporah.
Whatch do you know about Hazel Scott? She was the first Black woman to have her own television show and was married to Adam Clayton Powell. She was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and her show was quickly cancelled.