Women’s History: February 27

27 Feb

The Legendary Elizabeth Taylor

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor. The legendary Taylor, known for her blockbuster films and series of successful marriages, is also known for her activism within the LGBT community. Taylor was one of the first celebrities to step up to the plate during the AIDS crisis, which Ronald Reagan ignored. Taylor helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research, as well as starting her own AIDS Foundation. By 1999, Taylor raised over $50 million dollars for AIDS research.

My two favorite movies of Ms. Taylor are: Suddenly Last Summer and of course, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Happy Birthday, Ms. Taylor.

Happy Birthday, Lotte Lehmann. Lehmann was a famous German soprano that discovered the Trapp Family Singers while in Salzburg. The Sound of Music is based on the Trapp Family Singers.

Happy Birthday, Marian Anderson. Click here to see full story on our Marian.

Happy Birthday, Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Click here to see full story on our Charlayne.

    Celebrating Black History Month: February 20

    20 Feb

    Honoring Charlayne Hunter-Gault

    Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Charlayne was the very first African American woman to graduate from the University of Georgia, in 1962.  Many of you may remember her on The MacNeil/Lehrer Report as a correspondent. I remember her best when she was a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Charlayne also published her memoir, In My Place, which talks about her time at UGA. Because of the miscegenation laws in place in many states, Charlayne and her first husband, Walter Stovall, were fearful that their marriage would not be legal in other states, thus having to have another ceremony in another state–sounds like the marriage equality issue the LGBT community is currently fighting. I miss hearing her on NPR and hope she will return–that is if the GOP does not get rid of NPR.

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