Dr Magnus Hirschfeld is my gay dead Godmother and y'all can't tell me any different. Hirschfeld was a pioneer of understanding human sexuality and a huge advocate for LGBTQI+ rights in a time when it could have bought him an early grave. Dr Hirschfeld was a trailblazer, a persister, a rebel and a pioneer and that is why he is the first male figure I’ve chosen to cover in an Ancient Archive post.
A white man tried to erase her from history but Alice Ball's name should never be forgotten.
She saved the lives of, at least, thousands of people. She replaced a treatment that could be crippling with a cure. She helped to basically eradicate a disease that saw swarms of people pushed out of their homes and exiled to an island to die a lonely death. Alice did not live a long life, but she sure did leave her mark on the world . . . despite a man trying to steal ownership of what she accomplished.
Ida B Wells had no time for your racism or sexism. She was a groundbreaking journalist, a strong abolitionist and feminist who would stop at nothing to stop lynching in the United States. Ida did not do things quietly and more often than not she had white mobs on her heels as she travelled through … Continue reading Grey Learns // A Groundbreaking Journalist, Strong Abolitionist and Feminist – Ida B. Wells
A French mime. An actress. A journalist. A reviewer. A businesswoman. A mother. A wife. And above all else, A writer. Colette wore many hats over the course of her life, but it seems that the most significant act she undertook was writing. She created the modern teenager through her Claudine novels. She challenged the … Continue reading Ancient Archive // Colette – I Hate Everything
A smuggler, nurse, spy, general and modern-day Moses. Born, somewhere between 1815 and 1825, there's that dicey history we love into plantation life slavery in Maryland on the Eastern Shore, as Araminta Ross, we find ourselves at the start of Harriet Tubman's life. In her early childhood, Harriet was often hired out to other households, starting … Continue reading Ancient Archive // Harriet Tubman – Modern-Day Moses!