Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Azie Taylor Morton Billed as the first African American Female Treasurer of the U.S.
Azie Taylor Morton, (1936 - 2003), was the first African American woman Treasurer of the United States (1977).
Blanche Kelso Bruce was the first black appointed to the position in 1881.
Before her post as the 36th Treasurer, Morton, a Dale, Texas native, was a teacher, a U.S. EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) investigator, and a special assistant to the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Morton’s signature appeared on $1, $5, and $10 bills issued between September, 1977 - August 1979. If you have one of these bills, they are very rare.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
James Weldon Johnson's Community Connection
James Weldon Johnson, (1871-1938), wrote the famous poem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” - now known as The Negro National Anthem.
He wrote several books and poems, including, The Autobiography of an ex-Colored Man, (1912), and Negro American, What Now? (1934).
Johnson collaborated with his brother to write hundreds of songs. Many of these tunes were featured on Broadway.
He was the first African American admitted to the Florida Bar, marking another of his numerous accomplishments as a contributor to black history.
President Teddy Roosevelt appointed Johnson U.S. Consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua in 1906. Johnson joined the NAACP in 1916, and became Executive Secretary of the organization in 1920.
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