This post caused a mini firestorm on my Facebook page. I revisited a story from 1996. Remember the young black girl named Keisha Thomas from Ann Arbor, Michigan who with her own body protected a KKK rally supporter from being beaten? Maybe she had just watched an episode of “The Hulk” and figured her body could transform into a gamma radiated being able to withstand, kicks, punches, sticks and stones from enraged protesters. Whatever Thomas’ motivation, her brave act of humanity touched millions and softened the klan organizer’s heart and he thanked her. Ironic.
Seems that Rachel Dolezal was far from the first who passed for black. America’s foremost Geologist and first director of the new US Geological Survey Clarence King in 1879. Right is Ada Copeland King, the former slave he married under the assumed name and identity of James Todd, a light-skinned black man. Only on his deathbed did King confess to his family that he was really Clarence King, a white man, not a light-skinned Pullman Porter.
It is commonplace for First Lady Michelle Obama to host teas and other social gatherings in the White House. But we all know this was not always the case. I am completing a Pinterest board of American Presidents and their wives. While researching, I found out some interesting information about a past first lady.
Just how does a black American matriarch set roots In New Zealand? American slavery left an unwitting legacy on most of us descended from Africans. The sad thing is that most of us don’t know our history and for those of us who can trace back our ancestry, we are stopped for the most part at the slave owner. For instance, I traced my family back seven generations. It wasn’t a surprise where my family got its name Murrell as it was the name of the man who purchased my progenitors. He came from Ireland back in 1799.