How Shirley Chisholm Kicked Down the Door by Hayven Williams

Black and white photo of Shirley Chisholm, smiling and wearing a collared shirt and glasses. Colorful collage background.

How Shirley Chisholm Kicked Down the Door by Hayven Williams On November 30, 1924 Shirley St Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York to Caribbean parents Charles and Ruby St Hill. Shirley is the oldest of four children. A good chunk of her childhood was spent in her mothers home country of Barbados with her…

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Florence Price and the Truth About Black Excellence

Black and white photo of Florence Price in a colorful collage.

Florence Price and the Truth About Black Excellence by Tori Parham Each Black History Month, as we look to celebrate the accomplishments of our ancestors, it’s important not to fall into the trap of simply celebrating examples of “Black Excellence.”  Black Excellence is ordinary. What is extraordinary are the circumstances which keep Black people from…

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James Baldwin and the Delusion by Jamila Batts Capitman

Black and white photo of James Baldwin, smiling and looking upward. Collage background.

This Black History Month, the VISIONS community is sharing the stories of Black historical figures who have impacted and inspired us personally. James Baldwin and the Delusion by Jamila Batts Capitman “One’s dignity depends on one’s estimate of one’s self. It really does not depend on someone else’s estimate. It depends first of all on…

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Invented by a Queer Black Woman by Beca Oliveira

This Black History Month, the VISIONS community is sharing the stories of Black historical figures who have impacted and inspired us personally. Rock ‘n’ Roll Was Invented by a Queer Black Woman by Beca Oliveira She was Elvis before Elvis, she was Aretha before Aretha, she was Jimi before Jimi. She was the queer Black woman…

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What Black History Means to Me by Nikki Glass

This Black History Month, the VISIONS community is sharing the stories of Black historical figures who have impacted and inspired us personally.   What Black History Means to Me by Nikki Glass, VP Administration at VISIONS, Inc. My family history includes a lot of “the first Black Person to…” heroes, a tradition that I am…

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