We Will Not Go Back
Negro Election Day Inaugural
283rd Annual Celebration
Negro Election Day
Celebrating Our Black Warriors, our Heroes & Sheroes
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
– Dr. Mae Jemison, First Black Female Astronaut
Bessie Stringfield, the Bad Black Motorcycle Queen of the 1930s
She owned 27 Harleys and rode them all over the United States.
Bessie Stringfield, then named Betsy Ellis, grew up in Boston, and when she was orphaned at age five, she was adopted by a wealthy Irish woman who was never named in interviews. Eventually, her name changed to Bessie.
From 1929 until her death in 1993, she rode her motorcycle around the Americas, defying several stereotypes about what black women could do. She made several trips in and out of Boston, getting a taste for the road. Over the next few years, she became the first Black woman to ride a motorcycle in every one of the lower 48 states and made motorcycle trips to Brazil, Haiti, and parts of Europe.
She was born in 1911 as Betsy Ellis, and her family immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts when she was a young child.
A person who does not know the history of the last 3,000 years wanders in the darkness of ignorance, unable to make sense of the reality around him .
— Dejan Stojanovic