Tuesday, February 05, 2008

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: What are you doing?

This is the month to celebrate our African-American heritage. What are you doing to celebrate?

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Phillis Wheatley (c.1753–84)

1770 An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of the Celebrated Divine ... George Whitefield

1783 Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

Poet. Born c. 1760 possibly in Senegal, Africa. Wheatley was sold in slavery to the John Wheatley family of Boston, Massachusetts in 1761. The family educated her, even teaching her Latin and Greek, and by the age of 13 she was composing poems so sophisticated that many people charged she could not have written them.

In 1778, she was sent to London with the Wheatley's son, where she was received in society and published her first volume of poems. After returning to Boston, she was freed, married, and had three children, none of whom survived her. A collection of her poetry and prose, Memoirs and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, was printed in 1834. Although her poems are now regarded as generally derivative in their Neoclassical manner, they were often cited by those pointing out that African-Americans needed only to be educated in order to become the equal of their fellow Americans.

1 comment:

CapCity said...

Do we post our responses here in comment area?

Here goes: I am hoping to cause a ripple in Our History this (& every;-) month by ACTIVELY doing things which will improve my life & hopefully be affective role model for others.
1) Give Thanx to The Creator & Increase exercise for better health
2) Get out & vote;-)
3) Continue to write!
4) Promote my fiction debut project (going to St. Louis for kick off event Feb. 23rd - ANY SORMAG readers in St. Louis - come on out I'd LOVE to meet ya!;-).
5)Promote fellow bloggers,artists, entrepreneurs AND SORMAG on MY Blog;-)
Those are the top five things on my list this month:-)

*p.s. I began Black History Month by attending a young sistah's fascinating & controversial art exhibit.

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