Globally Inspired

 Global history through heroic profiles




Strange bits of news
The phrase Chinese spy balloon over the USA was not a thought on the American conscience even a few weeks ago. It's likely that neither were the horrors of politicians and chemical spills. Yet there they are - strangely unbelievable headlines.

Odd, unexpected bits of news can remind us of our need for heroes. We devour them in social media memes, watch anxiously for them to appear in movies, and hope tirelessly for our votes to deliver a political champion. Sometimes we need to explore the limits of self, to ask what our God-given spirits can endure. Heroes can help us believe we are stronger than fear.
Virginia Hall of Special Operations Branch receiving the Distinguished Service Cross from General Donovan, September 1945. wikimedia commons.
Virginia Hall (1906-1982)

One of WWII's most distinguished spies was not only an American socialite, but an amputee. At the age of 27, Virginia Hall lost her leg from the knee down in a hunting accident, but she didn't let it keep her from her dreams of working for the foreign service. She strapped on her wooden leg, gave it the name of Cuthbert, and insisted her mastery of foreign languages and drive for adventure made her the perfect candidate for clandestine work.

Hall's persistence paid off. After a stint as an ambulance driver in war torn France in 1940, she made her way to England to join the S.O.E, Special Operations Executive. The S.O.E. was Churchill's secret organization of spies and saboteurs who would blow up trains, bridges and factories, engage in guerilla warfare, and encourage and aid revolt, in all enemy and enemy-controlled countries.

Hall was sent to France, where she was involved in delivering money, organizing escape networks, recruiting French civilians to run safe houses, and sending and receiving communications. She was known as the "Limping Lady," and when the Gestapo finally ferreted her out, she was forced to traverse the treacherous Pyrenees to safety  --- wooden leg and all.

The Hero Path

We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known ... we have only to follow the thread of the hero path....                                   Joseph Campbell foundation

Poro College (An image of “Poro Corner” from a souvenir booklet about Poro College Company, 1920-2) NMAAHC

In recognition of Black History Month

We want to honor Annie Turnbo Malone who was the first female millionaire in America as well as the first African American millionaire. One of Malone's students, Madam C.J. Walker, aka Sara Breedlove Walker, followed quickly in Malone's footsteps, garnering the rather confusing distinction as America's first female millionaire. Historical documents show the dates to be in Malone's favor on that score.

Both women created hair products specially formulated for the Black person's hair, such hair grower and scalp preparations, cosmetics, and skin care.

Malone founded Poro College Company in 1902 and the massive Poro College complex (pictured above) in 1917. Thousands of African American women and men were trained as Poro beauty agents before Poro's demise in the late 1920's.


February 20 is Presidents day...

...not because George Washington or Abraham Lincoln's birthdays were on February 20th, but because of government simplification (don't laugh). Both presidents were indeed worthy of having their birthdays celebrated on a national level, but the federal government always seemed to slow down when it stopped mid-week to honor the occasion. In 1968 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed and in 1971 it was signed into law by President Nixon. Since then, the third Monday of February has been known as Presidents Day.
February 22, 1956
Montgomery Alabama's bus boycott began in earnest on December 5th 1955 when Rosa Parks took a seat on the bus where only white people were allowed to ride - No Blacks! On February 22 1956 the law declared the bus boycott illegal based on a 1921 law prohibiting conspiracies that interfered with lawful business. Among the 80 demonstrators who voluntarily gave themselves up for arrest were Rosa Parks and Reverend Martin Luther King. After continued demonstrations, which lasted 381 days, the buses were desegregated on December 20 1956. Before entering one of the buses, Martin Luther King said “We came to see that, in the long run, it is more honorable to walk in dignity than ride in humiliation. So … we decided to substitute tired feet for tired souls, and walk the streets of Montgomery”
What's happening with Globally Inspired. A guest blog post about Nana Yaa Asantawaa, Gueen mother of Ghana, was published by Voyager of History.

Coming in March
Women's history month
Who was Brigid Kildare?
What is an "Ide of March"?
A Limerick

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