Today is February 1st, which marks the first day of Black History Month.
This is a time where we come together in celebrating the African-American culture and all the ups and downs that we’ve gone through as the people. It’s also a specific time of the year where we remember the many men and women that have made a lasting footprint in history, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, etc. But there are many that have gone unnoticed. Just recently there was a film about three women, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine G. Johnson, titled Hidden Figures. So, I chose to do my own search on a Hidden Figure.
Vivian Malone Jones, was the one of the first African Americans to integrate the University of Alabama. Alabama Governor at the time was George C. Wallace. He was at the entrance when Jones attempted to walk through the door way the school auditorium, which is where all the university students went to register for classes.
In 1965, Jones was the first African-American student to graduate from the university, with a degree in business management. In 2000, Jones went back to her Alma Mater and gave the commencement address. Vivian Jones Commencement Address
Jones passed away in 2005 from having health issues recovering from a stroke. She was 63.
This month I will be using #HiddenFiguresNoMore on my twitter @JasmyneBracy. Feel free to join in and include your own hidden figures.