#CDNB #BlackHistory: Chaka Khan
For over four decades Chaka Khan has reigned as soul diva supreme. The young Chicago girl with the big voice has become the most influential female vocalist since Aretha Franklin. She was born Yvette Marie Stevens in 1953, but took her stage name from an African Priestess.
Eight platinum albums and scores of number one hits later, she is being honored after 40 years of entertainment and philanthropic work. Her real passion is her “Chaka Khan Foundation” established in 1999 to help women suffering from the same drug dependency issues that once plagued Chaka herself. Chaka Khan is ‘every woman’ and an inspiration to us all.
"But really, we also need to learn how to love one another as women. How to appreciate and respect each other."
#CDNB #Black History: Barbara Jordan
Known as the first black woman to serve on the Texas Senate, and later for being the first black woman from the “Deep South” to serve on the House of Representatives, Barbara Jordan was also a national champion debater. At Texas Southern University, which was all black at the time, in 1954, with Barbara Jordan at the helm, debate team defeated folks at Yale and even tied Harvard University in the battle of words–the latter was said to be one of her proudest moments in college. She later graduated magna cum laude from TSU.
"We the people" — it is a very eloquent beginning. But when the Constitution of the United States was completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that "We the people." I felt for many years that somehow George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in "We the People."
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