Black Culture Month Cultural Figure of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996 Ella defines overcoming adversity. As a child, both her parents had died, and her stepfather abused her. She ran away when she was in 3rd grade, and became an orphan in Harlem. At the age of 17, she performed at the Apollo Theater, and blew the crowd away. Since that performance, she…

Black Culture Month: Invention of the Day

Golf Tee- George Franklin Grant, 1888 There are too many cultural figures from African American history that get unnoticed. George Franklin Grant is one of them.¬†George attended Harvard, just 5 years after the Civil War. Then, he became the first African American professor at Harvard, and later founded the Harvard Odontological Society. He was an…

Black Culture Month: Invention of the Day

Ice Cream Scooper- A.L Cralle, 1897 This is not a joke, but prior to A.L, ice cream used to be scooped by hand. The ice cream used to stick to spoons and whatever other utensil they tried to use, so the vendor would use two hands, grab ice cream out of the bucket, and put…