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TheGrio Keeping Black History Alive is a series that delves into the rich tapestry of Black history, both past and present, to shine a spotlight on often overlooked gems and unsung heroes. From the iconic “Negro Kiss” to the revolutionary impact of Sesame Street, and the trailblazing achievements of contemporary figures like Marques Brownlee and Jackie Aina, each episode unveils a compelling chapter of Black experience.

Patricia Banks-Edmiston Broke Skyward Barriers

Feb. 29, 2024 – 01:38 – This year for Black History Month, theGrio commemorates the profound impact of Black individuals who changed American history. Patricia Banks-Edimiston, one of the first African American flight attendants who helped break barriers in the sky. Born in New York City in 1937, Banks-Edmiston attended Queens College and read a news article about the Grace Downs Air Career School. From there, she knew she wanted to travel the world as a flight hostess. Banks-Edmiston graduated with high marks from Grace Downs. But at the time, pilots, engineers, and stewardesses were rarely Black. One place she applied to, Capital Airlines, told Banks-Edmiston that “the company didn’t hire Black people in flight capacities.” She would go on to file a suit against Capital Airlines for racially discriminatory hiring practices. After 3 years, the Commission ruled in Banks-Edmiston’s favor and ordered Capital Airlines to hire her in 30 days or the case would go to the Supreme Court. She became the first Black stewardess for the airline in 1960. Her legal win is credited with the employment of more airlines hiring Black women. #KeepingBlackHistoryAlive

Keeping Black History Alive

Patricia Banks-Edmiston Broke Skyward Barriers

Patricia Banks-Edmiston Broke Skyward Barriers

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Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

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Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

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Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

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Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

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Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

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TheGrio Heroes Promo

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Patricia Banks-Edmiston Broke Skyward Barriers

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Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Bass Reeves Was the Original Lone Ranger

Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

Marshall Walter Taylor Broke Tread to Be A World Champ

Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

Donyale Luna Forever Redefined Fashion

Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

Michael W. Twitty Preserves Culture Through Food

Anne Lowe Was Fashion's Best Kept Secret

Anne Lowe Was Fashion’s Best Kept Secret

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Gladys Bentley Broke Boundaries in Music & Fashion

Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Pat McGrath is the Mother of Makeup

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel's Vanguard

Twinkie Clark is Truly Gospel’s Vanguard

Jackie Aina Is the Face of Online Glam

Jackie Aina Is the Face of Online Glam

Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

Marques Brownlee is the Ultimate Voice of Tech

Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

Issa Rae Carved Her Own Path to Stardom

Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

Willi Ninja is the Godfather of Vogue

Floyd Norman Is Disney's First Black Animator

Floyd Norman Is Disney’s First Black Animator

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The Rise of Bert Williams in Showbiz

The First

The First “Negro Kiss” on Film

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Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

Celebrating Queer Black History with Dr. David Johns

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