On February 3, 2013, the first African American female congresswoman from Illinois, Cardiss Collins died in Arlington, Virginia at age 81. Collins was elected in a special election on June 5, 1973 to replace her husband, Congressman George Collins who died in a plane crash aboard United Airlines Flight 553 on December 8, 1972.
She served twelve consecutive congressional terms from 1973 to 1997 while representing the 7th district of Illinois. Collins in 1979 was elected president of the Congressional Black Congress. She provided leadership in congress as a chair and member of several committees. She became the first African American to serve as Democratic Whip At-Large. Collins is remembered as a champion for the rights of African Americans, women and the poor. She was born on September 24, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tribute To Black History Month
December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950 – Carter Godwin Woodson
Dr. Carter G. Woodson began “Negro History Week” the forerunner to Black History Month. Dr. Woodson was a noted, historian, journalist, author and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Words That Matter
“I was basically an introvert, but once people learned I had something to say, I gained confidence.”