Happy Birthday Wilma Mankiller!
Wilma Mankiller was born on November 18th, 1945 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Mankiller was a Cherokee Indian descendent. Her great-grandfather lived through the forced march of Native Americans Westward, the “Trail of Tears.”
Happy Birthday Belva Lockwood!
On October 24th, 1830 Belva Ann Bennet was born in Royalton, New York. When she was a teenager Belva married Uriah McNall, together they had one daughter. Unfortunately, shortly after their marriage McNall passed away. She quickly became the only provider for her and her daughter, Lura. Belva worked as a teacher to support her family but also wanted to continue on with her education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in science in 1857 from Genessee College.
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.