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Shirley Chisholm and Donald Lee at NAACP convention in 1971

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Black folks can find the humor in any given situation. As we celebrate traditional figures like Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X — let’s not forget the lesser known people who’ve also had an impact on African American culture today. This time, we’re not talking about the brave, inspirational folks who marched for freedom or created inventions that we can’t live without to this day.

We’re talking about tales of small successes that opened many doors for us, allowing Black folks to enjoy the little things in life — in a major way. For example, @Shy_Clown hilariously tweeted, “In Black History, we honor Bubba Smith, the first black man to slap his mama after eating some good ribs.”.

 

And let’s not forget about Victor:

Peep the first woman to tell a crying child “Shut up before I give you something to cry about!”

 

But the jokes don’t stop there. Obviously, there’s so much more to Black History that can’t fit in just one month or a series of memes. It also doesn’t help that Black History Month is celebrated in the coldest, shortest month of the whole year. But as we honor our traditional heroes this month, there’s no harm in adding a little humor to the mix.

After all, isn’t that what we’re known for as Black folks: turning lemons into lemonade. As the Ron White quote says, “I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”

Now that’s Black folks in a nutshell. More hilarious Black History moments below.

 

 

 

 

 

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