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Juanita E. Jackson Mitchell was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Maryland law school and the first Black woman to practice law in Maryland. Originally denied admission to the University in 1927, she attended Morgan State College and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania after two years. With legal support from the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, which her mother headed, Mitchell was admitted when the university dropped their racial barriers.
A BIDIAT GIRL WITH HER SISTER The child is wearing a macaroni necklace. The author gave the natives macaroni to eat, but they quickly converted it into “jewelry.” From the writings of A.M Hassanein Bey, an Egyptian explorer who travelled through the Libyan desert in the early 1920’s. In 1924 National Geograhic published some of his work.The Bidiat people were never seen again, rumored to have moved on to another oasis.
The state of California was named after the mythical Black Queen Califia. According to the story, California was an island where only Black women lived. The women were the most powerful women in the world. When Cortez arrived in California, searching for this mythical queen, her influence on him was so severe, he paid tribute to this powerful Black Woman Queen Califia by naming the state after her. California literally means, “the land where Black women live."