The StickerTalk Explores Black History Month
Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., are a few names that spring to mind when the topic of Black History Month is broached. However, a host of unsung African American heroes populate the tattered pages of American history; in this edition of The StickerTalk, we hope to guide our readers on an insightful journey throughout the course of history to meet some of America’s finest citizens.
Madame C.J. Walker
Her name originally Sarah Breedlove, Madame C.J. Walker was one of the earliest American women to achieve the status of self-made millionaire. While working as a washerwoman, Walker developed a scalp condition that resulted in excessive hair loss. Walker, in retaliation, created a line of hair products designed especially for African American women. Her cosmetic collection proved so popular that Walker was soon a maverick business tycoon. Her fearless pursuit of her entrepreneurial endeavors continues to inspire countless generations of dreamers.
Scott Joplin, a Texarkana native, played an instrumental role in the creation of ragtime music. Born into a family of musicians, Joplin relished the smooth sounds of the piano and soon became an accomplished musician. Joplin gained national attention after composing “Maple Leaf Rag.” He later went on to orchestrate such classics as “The Entertainer” and “Solace.” Joplin’s revolutionary style continues to echo throughout concert halls and recital auditoriums across the globe.
A true jack of all trades, Mae Jemison has done it all. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Jemison returned to school to become a medical doctor. She used her vast understanding of medicine to serve residents of underdeveloped countries as a member of the Peace Corps. Upon her return to the United States, Jemison turned her attention heavenward as she became the first African American astronaut. Although Jemison is an inspiration to all who hear her story, her decision to remain unmarried especially merits accolades from unattached women.