Monday, February 8, 2016


Just in time for Black History Month, Tonya Bolden uncovers a relatively unknown black history fact about a young girl who grew up in Oklahoma. “Searching For Sarah Rector:The Richest Black Girl in America,” tells the true story of 12-year-old Sarah Rector who became the richest black girl in 1914. “Oil Made Pickaninny Rich – Oklahoma Girl With $15,000 A Month Gets Many Proposals – Four White Men in Germany Want to Marry the Negro Child That They Might Share Her Fortune, ” was a headline that appeared in The Kansas City Star on January 15, 1914, which was followed by even more headlines about Rector. BIDDY MASON How Did This Former Slave Become The Wealthiest Black Woman In Los Angeles? In 1872, Mason, along with her son-in-law Charles Owens, founded and financed the city’s first Black church, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mason donated the land the church was built on. By the late 1800’s, Mason’s land was just one block from the city’s main financial district, and Mason had become the wealthiest Black woman in the entire city. Mason eventually accumulated a fortune of nearly $300,000, becoming a known philanthropist by feeding and sheltering the poor, giving prisoners at the local jail gifts, and founding an elementary school for Black children. Mason died January 15, 1891 at the age of 73. She was buried in an unmarked grave. Fittingly, a marker was placed on her grave in 1988 by Mayor Tom Bradley, the first Black mayor of Los Angeles. I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH. I CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY YEAR ROUND. WHEN YOU ARE RAISING A CHILD I FEEL THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK HISTORY AND CULTURE AT ALL TIMES AND NOT WAIT FOR ONE MONTH OUT OF THE YEAR. A LOT OF DIFFERENT CULTURES KNOW THERE HISTORY AND WE SHOULD TOO. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH ARE THE CELEBRATIONS. THE BLACK MOVIES THAT I LOVE TO WATCH OVER AND OVER. THE LITTLE KNOW BLACK HISTORY FACTS THAT OFTEN GETS OVERLOOKED. BELIEVE ME THERE ARE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS THAT WE HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF ABOUT THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. LET'S CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY EVERYDAY

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