Black History 365, Women’s History Month edition: Portia Marshall Washington Pittman

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Since there are so many facets of the history that people of African descent have made in this country, I’ve decided to continue my “Black History 365″ series from my poetry blog here on my AfrocentriqueAZ blog. I’ll be posting a new “First Black” every day this month and every Wednesday for the months after that. 

In honor of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH all March the articles will all be about first Black WOMEN… Today’s is Portia Marshall Washington Pittman

Portia Marshall Washington Pittman (June 6, 1883 – February 26, 1978), the first Black graduate of Bradford Academy in 1905 Portia Marshall Washington Pittman (June 6, 1883 – February 26, 1978), the first Black graduate of Bradford Academy in 1905

From Wikipedia:

Portia Washington Pittman was born on this date in 1883, in Tuskegee, AL. She was an African American musician and teacher, and the only daughter of Booker T. and Fanny (Smith) Washington.

Her father was the founder of Tuskegee Institute. After her mother’s death in 1884, Portia was cared…

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