Day 4 of Black History Month

Three hidden figure I learned about:

  1. Eugene Bullard was the first African-American military pilot to fly in WWI.  However, he never flew for United States.
  2. Ethel Waters was an American blues, jazz and gospel singer and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920s singing blues.Her best-known recordings include “Stormy Weather,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Heat Wave,” “Supper Time,” “Am I Blue?” and “Cabin in the Sky,” as well as her version of the spiritual “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Waters was the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962.
  3. Yasuke,  is the first non Japanese samurai.  He  was a samurai of black African origin who served under the Japanese hegemon and warlord Oda Nobunaga in 16th century. He disappear from the historical records after 1583. Despite this we know almost nothing about him although in Japan he has not totally, he became the subject of a children’s historical fiction cartons.

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