Acknowledging Dr. Rebecca Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in Delaware on February 8th, 1831. She was raised in Pennsylvania by her aunt, who was known as a caretaker for the sick. A bright child, Crumpler moved to Massachusetts and attended the prestigious private school, the West Newton English and Classical School. Inspired by her aunt, she then…

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Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was born in Montgomery County, Mississippi on October 6, 1917. She was the 20th, and last, child of sharecroppers. Hamer and her siblings all grew up in poverty. As a result, she began working, picking up cotton with her family at the age of 6. By age 12, she completely left school…

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Remembering Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks

Recognizing the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Henrietta Lacks was born on August 1, 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. Her mother died during childbirth in 1924 and her father moved her and her 9 siblings to another town in Virginia, where he gave all his kids away to be raised by relatives. As a result, Lacks…

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Remembering Gwen Ifill

Gwen Ifill

The Resilient Sisterhood Project is delighted about the recognition of the legacy of the much beloved Gwen Ifill by the US Postal Service. On January 30th, 2020 USPS unveiled the 43rd postage stamp in the Black Heritage Series, featuring Ifill. Gwen Ifill was born on September 29, 1955, in New York City. Growing up, her…

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