Happy Birthday Lily Tomlin!
Comedian Lily Tomlin was born in 1939 and grew up in Michigan with her parents and one older brother. Tomlin was not pursuing comedy when she began college at Wayne State University.
Happy Birthday Lucille Ball!
On August 6th of 1911 the hilariously talented Lucille Ball entered the world. Lucille was born in Jamestown, New York to a small struggling family. Her father, Henry, worked as an electrician having to move around the country to find work. Only three years after Lucille’s birth her father fell sick with typhoid fever and passed shortly after in 1915.
By the end of my junior year of college I thought I had it all figured out. I would go graduate school, get my Ph.D., teach sociology with a focus on gender, and ride off into the sunset. The end.
In theory this seemed like a good arrangement so I started planning. Taking the GRE, researching schools, talking to professors, making lists, and checking them twice – the whole nine yards. In the very back of my mind I was uncertain, but I can be a very indecisive person about the most mundane things so I ignored it.
Happy Birthday Ida B. Wells!
On July 16th, 1862 activist, Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Wells’ parents were slaves when she was born but were officially freed by the union six months after her birth. But that did not change the discrimination faced by most African-Americans.
Happy Birthday Wilma Rudolph!
On June 23, 1940 an Olympic star was born. The journey to get this title was a difficult one. Rudolph was born premature, with numerous health problems. After developing pneumonia and polio many figured she would be disabled for her whole life. Because of leg problems she had to wear a brace on her left leg for years. Speaking of her childhood Rudolph stated:
My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.
Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably heard and/or seen Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover. Caitlyn is finally living a life that feels authentic to her. In the article Caitlyn is quoted saying,
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘you just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.
Happy birthday Septima Clark!
On May 3rd 1898 Septima Poinsette Clark was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Her father, born a slave, and mother, raised in Haiti, were both very encouraging when it came to Clark’s education.