Black History Month: A Salute to Alice Marie Coachman

  Alice Coachman was born on November 9, 1923, in Albany, Georgia. One of 10 children, Coachman was raised in the heart of the segregated South, where she was often denied the opportunity to train for or compete in organized sports events. Instead, Coachman improvised her training, running barefoot in fields and on dirt roads, …

Black History Month: A Salute to Charlotta Bass

Charlotta Spears Bass was a journalist and activist who, as editor of the California Eagle, championed African-American equality and freedom. Born on February 14, 1874, in Sumter, South Carolina, Charlotta Spears Bass worked as managing editor of the African-American newspaper The California Eagle. She and husband Joseph Bass called for an end to segregation and …

Black History Month: A Salute to Shirley Chisholm

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 30, 1924, Shirley Chisholm is best known for becoming the first black congresswoman (1968), representing New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. She went on to run for the 1972 Democratic nomination for the presidency—becoming the first major-party African-American candidate to do so. …

Black History Month 2015: Salute to Susan L. Taylor

Meet Susan L. Taylor. Born January 23, 1946 in Harlem, Ms. Taylor is an African-American editor, writer and journalist. Taylor is most likely best known for her work with Essence Magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief from 1981-2000. Taylor started her career at Essence in 1970, the year the magazine was founded. Her first position …