Women’s History: May 19

19 May

Happy Birthday, Lorraine Hansberry.  Hansberry was the  first African American woman to produce a play on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun.  She was also a political activist for civil rights.  Hansberry was a staff writer for the Black newspaper Freedom.  

May 19, 1536, was the day that Henry VIII of England had his second wife, Anne Boleyn, beheaded.  Boleyn was the mother of Elizabeth I.  Henry was successfully married a total of six times. Here are Boleyn’s last words before being executed:

Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it.  I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord.  And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best.  And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me.  O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.

May 19, 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis dies.  Onasis was the widow of John F. Kennedy and the mother of John Jr. and Caroline.

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