Updated: Jul 25
Hey guys! It has been a while! Can you already believe it has been three months of 2019. I promise New Year’s was just yesterday! 🤭 Anywho, this past February, Made of Love Not Genes celebrated Black History Month! I posted all about some famous historical figures who were absolutely inspiring! Read below!
In honor of the Oscars this month, I think it is appropriate to recognize this woman who made history by being the first African American to ever win an Oscar. 😱😱😱 Ladies and Gents, grab your popcorn, I present to you, HATTIE MCDANIEL 🍿!!
McDaniel was well known for her stupendous performance as “Mammy” in “Gone with the Wind” 😍😍. She is also seen on shows such as “Judge Priest” and “Alice Adams.”
She was raised in Denver, Colorado and left school in the year 1910, to follow her dreams to become a performer. 🎤 She lived during the time of the Great Depression which made it hard for her to find a job. 😢 She found herself working as a bathroom attendant in Wisconsin. Nonetheless, she persisted. 💪🏿 💪🏿 Where she worked was actually a club, but they only hired white performers. However, Hattie’s talents allowed her to perform at the club. 👠That lasted about a year. Her brother found Hattie a role on a local radio show in Los Angeles. Thus would put her on the map. 🗺 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hattie got her first role on Judge Priest where she was able to sing a duet with Will Rogers. 🙌🏽🙌🏽
~~~~~~~~~~. Her pivotal part was on The Little Colonel which allowed her to break stereotypes in Hollywood. Her part as “Mammy” in the film “Gone with the Wind” was her debut. Her role allowed her to become the first African American to ever win an Academy Award 🙀🙀😻😻
She used her fame to support
people of color and set them up for success. Overall, her contribution to society as a whole is so impactful it should make everyone feel like they can do anything despite their background!! 👐🏼😀😀😀
Unfortunately, she lost her battle to Breast Cancer, but her story will last a lifetime 💫
Coretta Scott King-
How February already almost over?! 😱 Black History Month is still to be continued here on Made of Love Not Genes with our next feature, CORETTA SCOTT KING. 💛💛💛We all know the infamous Dr. Martin Luther King🌏🙌🏽, but I think it is important that we know about his wife Coretta. 💁🏾♀️She was historical participant in the American Civil Rights Movement. Her contribution for equality would greatly affect America. 🗣She advocated for equality towards all group including women, gays, religions, etc. ***************
King graduated high school as valedictorian and went on to receive a B.A in music and education. 🧠The Kings raised four exuberant children throughout their lifetime together👨👩👧👦. Coretta was both a mother an a motivatinal speaker for her church, college, and so many more organizations.
When Dr. Martin Luther was assassinated, Coretta still continued her work and devoted much of her time towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. 👑
Mrs. King was one of the firsts for a lot including the first woman to deliver the class day address at Harvard, and the first woman to preach at statutory service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿
Overall, Coretta King was a huge part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and she should deserve more recognition. Stay tuned for my next feature!💎💎💎
Booker T. Washington-
Black History Month continues with our next feature, BOOKER T. WASHINGTON. 😀😀😀I thought I would recognize some revolutionary figures that don’t get enough credit or aren’t as publicly known. Booker T. is very well known, but I for one did not know what he did. Once I read about his story, I wondered why he doesn’t have his own dollar bill. 🙌🏽💚
Although he was born a slave, Booker T. Washington is known for his unparalleled contribution to the education for African Americans. 📚He grew up in a segregated part of America which would allow him to take stand against these hostile ways. 🛑
I am actually currently taking history at my school😬🤣, and we are covering the civil war. I am learning all about the cruel acts of slavery, etc. Luckily for Washington, he was able to live in a time where slaves were freed. He was 9 years old when the civil war ended and sources say his mom took him to West Virginia. There, he was a worker at a salt furnace and then later become a servant. Since Washington lived in a time when slaves were free, he was able to learn how to read and write. Even so, he attended Hampton Institute which was one of the first schools for freed slaves. He would later go on to help establish the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. This school provided NUMEROUS of opportunities for African-Americans. During this time, education for African Americans was very prestigious seeing that there was still a lot of discrimination. 📖
Slaves were freed, but America still had a long way to go before reaching equality for all (Well, we still have not, so imagine how bad it was in his time❌). For starters, Washington was a common target for discrimination based off of all he did for African Americans during his time. Setbacks such as the Jim Crow Laws gave Washington hardships. However, these set backs allowed him to endure and give his infamous Atlanta Address of 1895. 💎👍🏿✍️READ MORE ON FACEBOOK OR at madeoflovenotgenes.com COMING SOON
HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!!!!!! 🎉 🎊 I am kicking off a social media campaign in which I will share some of the most extraordinary African Americans!! 👩🏾⚖️👨🏿🚒👩🏾🔬🦸🏾♀️
Today starts off with OPRAH! ~~~~~~~
🙌🏽 We all know that she is a living queen, 👑but I wanted to share a little bit about her journey. When she was born in Mississippi, she was actually named differently, but according to sources, she was called Oprah due to pronunciation problems. 💎When she was born, her parents separated and she was sent to live with her grandmother. At just 2 years old, Oprah was taught how to read. 📖Due to her abilities, she was able to skip several grades. 👓At the age of 6, she went to live with her mother and her half brothers in a ghetto in the city of Milwaukee. 🖤Then, at age 12 she went to love with her father in Nashville. Here, she felt safe and discovered her passion for speaking in front of people. 💞Shortly after that, her mother pulled her from her father’s. Going back to the ghetto was not the safest. There, she was sexually abused and lead a dangerous life. ❌❌❌After a while, her mother sent her back to live with her father after so-called “bad behavior”. She claims her father saved her life. 🙌🏼Oprah’s father provided her with a good education and here, she was able to enter contests and truly find her passion. 🇺🇸Oprah then became infamous doing what she’s doing now. I don’t think I have to explain everything she’s doing now because I’m sure you know. 😉 I think it is so important that we know her back story because it really shows how you can turn your life around. ‼️‼️So I just wanted to applaud @oprah for being phenomenal and a role model for every young person out there. 🌎🌏🌏 #madeoflovenotofgenes #oprah #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #black #oprahwinfrey #oprahwinfreyshow #winfrey #blackwomen #womenempoweringwomen #womenempowerment
Well, that is it! I really do hope you guys enjoyed and learned something new! It was my purpose to enrich ourselves with appreciation for these amazing and brilliant people who did SO much! It is my goal with Made of Love Not Genes to get you ALL to become more aware of all the aspects that make us not di
fferent from one another, but diverse. We are all ONE big family, so we should all treat each other like one. Mainly because at the end of the day, we only have each other.
Sincerely and with a smile,