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Decided on my project for #BlackHistoryMonth 2019. Reads: Black History Month in large block letters with a colored inside and a hollow outside. Black is red inside, Hustory is green inside. Both words are in the foreground. Month is in the background. The graphic is transparent.
Once a week I'll write briefly about up to 7 historical/famous figures in the Diaspora who

- had/have #ChronicIllness
- spoke of the possibility of being in #DiagnosticLimbo
- or were considered #Disabled.
Why once a week and not every day?

I'm a #Spoonie dammit. I have no clue what day or time I'll have energy.

But I can commit to weekly.

The whole thing is for you to see that we're everywhere. For you to SEE us.

So let's get it.
Langston Hughes is doesn't come to mind as a historical figure with chronic illness.

Yet in The Big Sea, he writes of sometimes taking to bed for exhaustion.

Re-reading in recent years? With other clues, sounds to me like flares.

Could be undiagnosed. 1942 photo of Langston Hughes smiling.
We know part of Harriet Tubman's story. I'll let another icon @VilissaThompson, tell you a little more.

Sojourner Truth. What image does her name evoke?

Dude once said "work horse." Straight face.

Yet she was disabled. And fought for disabled rights.

Was cheated out of her freedom by having her literal worth reduced due to her physical disability.… Sojourner Truth sitting in a chair, fireplace over her left shoulder.
Our dear Toni Braxton was just hospitalized for complications relayed to Lupus again.

She's known about having the chronic illness since 2008.

Ms. Braxton, for those unaware, sold 10 million records in 1983 when that meant BIG ballin. Toni Braxton
That the icon B Smith has Alzheimer's hurts my entire heart.

That any of us have any illness, injury it pain hurts my hurt. But that hurts my ENTIRE.

B Smith is our Martha Stewart basically. I'm not going to talk about the scandal.

Just gonna leave these pics right here. Cover of Before I Forget by B Smith and that punk dude Dan Grey who doesn't know to buy the house across the street for his girlfriend instead of moving her in the same gatdamn house.that punk dude Dan Grey who doesn't know to buy the house across the street for his girlfriend instead of moving her in the same gatdamn house. And on his left, his girlfriend whose name I don't plan to learn.B Smith's family plus her husband's girlfriend for some reason. L to r, her daughter, her, her husband, an imposter, her punk as husband.B Smiith, back when she was making cookbooks. This is the over of

I am still not over his death. It's weird and I know that because I never met him but I'm not. I needed a warm-up post. So we'll talk about him in the next section.

Unrelated: I love this video.
Prince was a brilliant songwriter performer, guitarist... Just gonna say artist as I promised brevity.

In 2009, Prince revealed he was born with epilepsy.…
Venus Williams, iconic tennis champion and legend, has Sjögren's syndrome.

She was diagnosed in 2011 and among other things, battles the autoimmune disease with a raw vegan diet.
Venus Williams Opens Up about Living with Sjogren's
Tried to add a picture of Venus but my swole finger twitched and instead I sent the thread.

So LOL Happy week one I guess.
Been about a week. Should be some time between tonight and Tuesday.
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