Prom serves as a memorable milestone in a fleeting high school career, heels click against the floor, dresses brush the floor and the music crescendos from the speakers as students sway to the beat. This year for the Special Needs Prom, volunteers have banded together to create a Girls Ready Room offering free hair and makeup services the afternoon before the dance Saturday, Feb. 16.
Widely recognized as one of the first chemical engineers, Norbert Rillieux revolutionized how sugar was produced, changing the industry forever. Although he lived in a society where slavery still existed and free people of color were discriminated against, he managed to find success for his creative inventions.
In an era where African-American women faced enormous discrimination, Shirley Chisholm pioneered politics and advocated for the rights of minorities. Elected in 1968, she became the first black woman in Congress and the first to run for president under a major political party. “Fighting Shirley” was a crucial champion for those whose voices often went unheard.