A “Herstory” Lesson for April


Mom (2)April 18th 1952, a miraculous woman was born. She was adopted at the young age of five and went through her entire life trying to find out who she was and where she came from. She died of breast cancer never knowing whom her birth parents were. Could they have been from two different races joining together for love and torn away by war or family? Could they have been forced to separate due to color differences or background? Going through an identity crisis was very difficult for this young lady but it was not the only thing she endured and survived!

On the day she was born, Bolivia had a National Revolution! A vote finally enabled indigenous peoples and women the right to vote. She was born in a year when the U.S. National Security Agency was founded, a year when it was time to rebuild Europe and Japan due to World War II, a year that would end the 20 consecutive years of Democratic control of the White House with Dwight D. Eisenhower winning the presidential election for the U.S. He won with 55.2% of the american vote. She was born in a year where a 15 year-old becomes the youngest to receive the George Cross for rescueing victims of a house fire. It was a year when the first open heart surgery was performed and the first successful surgical separation of siamese twins was conducted in Mount Sinai Hospital. It was also a year where a transsexual woman became the recipient of the first successful sexual reassignment operation. In the same year, Puerto Rico became a self-governeming common wealth of the U.S.

On a lighter note, a year where a twelve-year-old, Jimmy Boyd’s record, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was released, selling 3 million records. Finally, to end our history lesson, the winter Olympics was held in Norway in 1952, just to add a little more for all the history buffs.

In all the unforgettable history around the world in 1952, good or bad, no one could say that this woman was not an important figure in history. She fought for the education of children by becoming a teacher in every community she stepped foot upon. She spread happiness with the simplest smile anyone could give and her most famous words to date as a child, “when I grow up, I want to be a good person”. Other’s may have said a doctor or a layer or maybe even become the president of the United States of America. All she wanted was to live so others may simply live, as Gandhi often put it.

May she continue to rest in peace. Many will thank her for being the reason behind I Will Survive, Inc.

By Anisa Palmer- Follow her on twitter @AnisaPalmer

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