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Clara Belle Drisdale [1885-1993], was the first African-American graduate of New Mexico State University. Many of her professors would not allow her inside the classroom; she had to take notes from the hallway; she was also not allowed to walk with her class to get her diploma.

She married Jasper Williams in 1917; their three sons became physicians. She became a great teacher of Black students by day, and by night she taught their parents, former slaves, home economics.
In 1961, New Mexico State University named a street on its campus after Williams; in 2005 the building of the English department was renamed Clara Belle Williams Hall.

In 1980, Williams was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws degree by NMSU, which also apologized for the treatment she was subjected to as a student.
She d.ied at 108 years old.


Black Family Values

1. Exercise self-control; control tongues, thoughts, temper and actions.
2. Be thrifty.
3. Never ridicule or defile the character of another.
4. Keep your self-respect and help others to keep theirs.
5. Kindness; be kind in thoughts and never despise anyone.
6. Be kind in speech, never gossip or speak unkindly of others.
7. Good health is important. Keep yourself clean in body and mind.
8. Be self-reliant, but listen to the advice of wiser and older people.
9. Develop independence and wisdom.
10. Act according to what seems right and fair.
11. Never fear being laughed at for doing what is right.
12. Be brave. A coward does not make a good citizen.
13. Always play fair. Never cheat.
14. Always treat your opponents with courtesy.


Black Excellence.


Beautiful Black children.


Nobility and beauty of Black women.


1st Annual Sneakers Ball Recognizing Trailblazing Women


Faces of Black America


Lena and Sammy, full of smiles! 😃💕


Sadie T. M. Alexander was born in 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though she faced racism and sexism, Alexander persisted with her education and became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in economics and became one of first Black woman to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1927 at the age of 29, Alexander also became the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the first African American woman to pass the Pennsylvania bar.

During her career, which spanned over 50 years, Sadie Alexander became a noted lawyer and civil rights advocate. Alexander used her skills to work on cases in the Philadelphia Orphans' Court while advocating for racial equality. She served 2 non-consecutive terms as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. In that role she formed the Legal Aide Bureau to help Philadelphians who could not afford a lawyer.

Sadie also served as the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Also, as secretary of the National Urban League, she was appointed by President Harry Truman to serve on the Committee on Human Rights in 1947.

📸 Sadie T. M. Alexander. Courtesy of Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons


Vintage photo of Diahann Carroll and the cast from the groundbreaking show ’Julia.’




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