So get ready for an obscure black history fact a day, because we all know about MLK, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.
I want to introduce you guys to Philippa Schuyler:
Given the current Hamilton craze, I thought you guys might enjoy this one. Philippa was the daughter of one George Schuyler, a black essayist, and Josephine Cogdell, a white model. Her great-great-grandfather is believed to be a black soldier who worked for Philip Schuyler (yes, Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law) and adopted his last name.
It is reported that Philippa could read and write as early as age 2 and was composing music at the age of 5. She was so talented that the New York mayor at the time would visit her home just to hear her play. She began touring in her adolescent years, but became disillusioned with music when she discovered her parents set out to see if a prodigy could be created.
As she grew older she became more aware of the racial and gender stereotypes she encountered in the US and spent more of her time playing overseas. In her 30s she gave up music entirely to join her father in the journalism field. She was a vocal feminist and never married.
While traveling to Vietnam as a war correspondent, the helicopter she was a passenger on went on a mission to rescue Vietnamese orphans. Unfortunately, it crashed into the sea. Although Philippa survived the initial crash, she could not swim and drowned. She was 35.
The Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York is dedicated to preserving her memory.
02 / 11 / 17 • I haven’t posted in while oops but second semester has started and I’m pretty hype about it!! We watched The Help in english class a few days ago and because it’s one of my favourite movies and February is Black History Month, I decided to incorporate a quote from it in this week’s spread. Also, thanks for 7000+ followers!!!!! [click for quality + quote]
The irony of Octanakin’s turn to the dark side being hailed as “intriguing, badass and understandable”, while Bellamy’s 3A turn to the dark side was “confusing, disjointed and rushed” is not lost on me.