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Fab Friday Spotlight: Harriet Tubman

Ashley Jefferson

Harriet Tubman - she's one of the most well-respected figures in history and now more than 100 years after her death and she's making history yet again. It was announced this week that Tubman will be replacing President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. The redesign will take place over the next few years and the Harriet Tubman $20 will be officially revealed in 2020.

It's a honor well-deserved for a woman who lived a life that we could barely imagine. She was born into slavery along with her entire family. As a child she was severely beaten by her masters and suffered head wounds that caused her to endure seizures, headaches and epilepsy for the rest of her life.

It was in her 20s that Tubman decided enough was enough. She, along with her brothers, made an escape from their plantation in 1849. Tubman made it all the way to Philadelphia but something wasn't right. 

"I was a stranger in a strange land. My father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were [in Maryland]. But I was free, and they should be free," she said years later.

Tubman knew that freedom wasn't for her alone and she was willing to risk her life for it. With the help of anti-slavery activists and the Underground Railroad, she made several trips back and forth to lead her parents, her relatives and countless other slaves to safety. Even more amazing - neither Tubman nor the escaped slaves she helped were ever recaptured.

Tubman went on to play an active role helping the Union in the Civil War and supported the fight for women to have the right to vote. She died in 1913 and was buried with military honors.

“I would fight for liberty so long as my strength lasted," Tubman said looking back over her life. We salute Harriet Tubman because fighting for liberty is exactly what she did and now her pioneering legacy will live on even further for future generations.

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Fab Friday Spotlight: Anaya Lee Willabus

Ashley Jefferson

What do you want to be when you grow up? That's a question children hear countless times. Some kids say they want to be a teacher, or a firefighter or maybe even a doctor. 

The thing is, most kids only dream of accomplishing BIG things one day but for Anaya Lee Willabus, her dream became a reality - and she made history in the process. At just 8 years old, Anaya became the youngest author ever in the United States to publish a chapter book.

Anaya, who is now 9, says a trip to her parents' native country of Guyana in 2014 is what inspired her. Soon after returning home to Brooklyn, she began writing and taking notes of the different cultural experiences she observed during her trip. Eventually those notes were typed on the computer and as they say the rest was history.

Her book entitled The Day Mohan Found His Confidence is about the struggles that a young boy faces in his life and how he overcomes them. The book was officially published in 2015 and a whirlwind has since followed. 

Anaya has has been invited to speak all over the country and has received widespread recognition and various honors. Despite making history, it's only the beginning - Anaya is already working on her second book.

We salute Anaya for her history-making accomplishments and for doing just what she set out to do - encouraging children of all ages to "continue to dream big."

 

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Fab Friday Spotlight: Kimberly Bryant

Ashley Jefferson


Ask the average person and they'll admit that they're pretty tech-savvy. I mean with hours spent each day texting, tweeting, taking selfies and snapchatting - how could we not be?

We may know how to use technology but do we really know how it's built and how it works? Our favorite gadgets that we use everyday (computers, smartphones, etc.) have their roots in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (also known as STEM). 

For most girls, especially minorities, those aren't subjects of interest. It's something Kimberly Bryant first noticed in college while studying Electrical Engineering. She also noticed it later on when she started her career.

On average women make up just 29% of employees at tech-companies in the U.S. and that number for African-American women and other women of color is even lower. Despite seeing these stats firsthand, it was when her daughter expressed interest in following in her footsteps that Bryant decided something had to change.

"I wanted to create more people that look like me and look like my daughter to really fill in the gaps that I saw for myself," said Bryant to CNBC. "When we generally think of a computer scientist now, it does not look like a woman of color, it does not look of someone that is of Hispanic background..."

So in 2011, Bryant started Black Girls Code - a non-profit geared towards breaking down those barriers and teaching girls 7-17 the ins and outs of computer programming. Now, almost 5 years later and Black Girls Code has worked with more than 5,000 girls across the United States and in Africa with plans to continue to expand nation-wide.

 

Many of the girls have taken what they've learned through BGC's workshops and other sessions and are putting it to use outside of the program - with some even pursuing college degrees in computer science and other fields.

"We're starting to see that shift where girls are really voicing their interest in computer science and see that they have a place at that table," Bryant told CNBC. "I think we're changing not just the minds of the girls, but the minds of everyone around them as well."

We salute Kimberly Bryant and Black Girls Code for opening doors and inspiring girls of all colors to learn and embrace science, technology, engineering and math and to tear down stereotypes in the process.

For more information: http://www.blackgirlscode.com/

 

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Fab Friday Spotlight: Gianni Graham

Ashley Jefferson

In this week's Fab Friday Spotlight we're highlighting Gianni Graham. The 9-year-old from Virginia is on a mission to collect 1,000 Barbies.

Many little girls could only dream of having a doll collection that size but for Gianni, these toys aren't for her to play with - but to share. 

It all started shortly after Christmas. Gianni says she was playing one day when she got an inspiring idea.

"...it just came to me that I could collect Barbies to help girls in need," Gianni told ABC News.

From that ordinary day, an extraordinary project was born: "1K Barbies for 1K Girls" The goal: to collect 1,000 new Barbies to donate to 1,000 girls living in homeless shelters.

A photo posted by @1kbarbiesfor1kgirls on

"Girls in shelters deserve the same things we have," Gianni told ABC News.

Gianni's started out with just a few dolls but as of this week, her collection has grown to over 800 and counting - with donations pouring in from all across the world.

A photo posted by @1kbarbiesfor1kgirls on

Each Barbie that's donated gets wrapped with girly flair - a box with pink paper and hand written notes with encouraging words like "I hope this brings you joy," and "This is given to you as a friend."

Once all 1,000 Barbies are collected, they will each be given away to a little girl in the Virginia area.

We salute Gianni Graham for her hard work, dedication and desire to make life a little brighter for girls in need - one doll at a time.

To learn more or to donate to "1K Barbies for 1K Girls" check out the following links:

**UPDATE** Gianni reached her goal! Yay!

Today was very exciting and emotional at the same time . My babies dream became a reality and I'm forever grateful for all of the support from everyone . #upcenter#1kbarbiesfor1kgirls

Posted by 1k Barbie's for 1k girl's on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thank you to everyone from all across the world who helped Gianni reach her goal of #1kbarbies. We are not finished ,...

Posted by 1k Barbie's for 1k girl's on Thursday, March 3, 2016

 

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Fab Friday Spotlight: Rosa Parks

Ashley Jefferson

 Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus in Montgomery, Ala. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus Dec. 1, 1955, and ignited the boycott that led to a federal court ruling against segregation in public transportation.  (Photo: AP)

Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus in Montgomery, Ala. Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus Dec. 1, 1955, and ignited the boycott that led to a federal court ruling against segregation in public transportation. (Photo: AP)

Too often trashy stories, fight videos, gossip and other not so good things flood our newsfeeds. Who needs more of that? So on Fridays we want to start spreading the positive by highlighting a fabulous female who's made quite an impact.

She could be someone from history, someone in the present, someone famous or simply an everyday girl. Either way, we want to salute these fabulous ladies for doing fabulous things and being an inspiration.

In honor of Black History Month, for our first Fab Friday Spotlight we want to highlight Rosa Parks.


She's someone just about everyone has learned about in history class as the black woman who famously refused to give up her seat to a white person on the bus - this during the trying times of segregation and racial uprising in the south. However Mrs. Parks was a Civil Rights activist long before she took that bus ride on December 1, 1955 and continued to fight for the equal rights of African-Americans long after.

One of the things Parks could most be admired for is that despite her arrest, the hate, and even the death threats she endured - she was determined to stand up for what was right and fight for freedom in the face of fear.

Parks herself said “I learned to put my trust in God and to see Him as my strength. Long ago I set my mind to be a free person and not to give in to fear. I always felt that it was my right to defend myself if I could. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."

During the course of her life she worked for the NAACP, as an aide for Congressman John Conyers Jr., started the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation, co-founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development to help young people in Detroit and also authored two books. Parks died in October 2005 at the age of 92.  Yesterday, February 4th would have been her 103rd birthday.

Before she died, when asked what she wanted her legacy to be, she simply put: "I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free."

Thank you Mrs. Parks for fighting for freedom and being an inspiration to girls and young women everywhere. We salute you.

 

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