4th of July



July 4th In America – Did You Know?

Valder Beebe

But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776). And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

As we The Power of 3 Women; Valder Beebe (pictured left), Ester Davis, Dr. Linda Amerson, decided to write a collaborative article on July 4th, it allowed me to think back on the past six-months that have already passed away as half of a year. It made me think about America and the people that I have interviewed who told their stories from their perspective of the land of the free and home of the brave.

I am reminded of two women who are etched in my memory as an energy of greatness. Deborah Plante, who is a life-long Zora Neal Hurston scholar, selected to edit Zora Neale Hurston’s BARRACOON: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”. In 1927, anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston began to interview octogenarian Cudjo Lewis in Plateau, Alabama. His first person story begins as a free teenager in Africa, follows his capture by Dahomian women warriors, his journey through the Middle Passage, his life as a slave, his subsequent emancipation, and his part in the founding of Africatown, the first town established by and controlled by Africans.

Recently I was introduced via my appointment to interview her on my show, The Valder Beebe Show; Gayle Jessup White, Monticello’s community engagement officer and a Sally Hemings family and Thomas Jefferson descendant. Ms. White is a great, great, great niece of Sally Hemings along with also being a descendant of Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson (April 13 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Sally Hemings it was said during my interview (you can hear the full interview soundcloud.com/valderbeebeshow), Ms. Jessop-White stated “Sally Hemingsis the most famous African American woman in America”.

Ms. Jessop-White, gives life to what historians now widely believe, that Sally Hemings gave birth to six of Jefferson's children. DNA evidence connects the bloodlines of Hemings' and Jefferson's descendants, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns Monticello, formally recognized the relationship in 2000. Sarah "Sally" Hemings( c. 1773 – 1835) was an enslaved woman of mixed race owned by President Thomas Jefferson of the United States.Jefferson, in fact, freed all of Hemings' children; ironically, however, he never freed Hemings herself. After Jefferson's death, she remained at Monticello for two years, after which Martha Jefferson (acting on her father's wishes) gave her "her time," a form of unofficial freedom that allowed her to remain in Virginia (freed slaves were required by Virginia law to leave the state after a year). Before his death, Jefferson had also arranged for Madison and EstonHemings to be allowed to stay in Virginia.

These women Deborah Plante and Gayle Jessop-White tell the story of America as it evolved. We (you and I) are here to tell the story of America today. To further engaged in Thomas Jefferson’s mantra “all men are created equal” engage in; LANDMARK EXHIBITION at the Dallas African American Museum at Fair Park– SLAVERY AT JEFFERSON’S MONTICELLO: PARADOX OF LIBERTY. Also read; BARRACOON: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”.####

Valder Beebe is the host of The Valder Beebe Show. Her video portfolio @ ValderBeebeShow.com.


Happy Independence Day! I reflect on how Americans become boldly patriotic, wearing attire of the American flag on it, or combined colors of red, white and blue. We wanted to enlighten you about the Evolution of Doll Hair and patriotism.

Americans love to express themselves with hair color...75% of American women use hair color to either cover up the gray - going darker, to lighter shades of a sprinkling frontal-halo of high lighting, or embrace the entire head of bold blond hues. Other bold patriotic colors includes a combination of red, white and blue hair using spray paint, hair color or hair extensions. Therefore, with this patriotic hair color trend is followed by doll makers who add red, white and blue color using synthetic fibers to dolls hair . Doll making has been around since the ancient civilization of Africa, Egypt, Greece and Rome around 100 AD. My past radio guest , Ms. Deorah Britt, who is the curator of The National Black Doll Museum in Mansfield, Massachusetts, is a doll maker and collector and has a wealth of knowledge. Hair has truly evolved from the paddle dolls with linen string, yarn hair, and no hair. Rag dolls with no hair progressing to yarn hair, to dolls made of paper mache, wood carvings with no hair, flexible cloth fabrics with yarn hair, dried corn husks with hair cut into strips shapes or curl designs , round objects with hair of thread, yarn or fabric, leather with hair made of synthetic or human hair, plastic with hair made of synthetic or human dolls, porcelain with hair made of synthetic or human hair, african american dolls made with yarn, synthetic, or human hair , celebrity with hair made of synthetic or human hair, wigs, hair pieces, re-rooting and many more. The hair color used on dolls is always a trend from human hair color.

In addition, specialty dolls to increase a child's self acceptance, such as: vitilago, full figured, prosthetics to no limbs, wheelchairs, alopecia, African American, collectable, talking, walking, custom doll to look like the child, and on goes the list.

As of October 2011, the person in the Guinnes World Record Book with the largest doll collection is Bettina Dorfmann with over 15,000 different Barbie dolls. She has been collecting since 1993. Herr dolls hair styles are mainly synthetic hair fibers.

In closing, did you know there is a psychology correlation of dolls and a female child? Using a doll as a teaching, learning is another Independence liberty in America. A child with a doll can love, nurture and take care of a doll. Unfortunately, when a child has been traumatized or abused, Psychologists give children a doll to demonstrate what has happened to them, in order for proper help can be given. Dolls are very impactful, symbolic, useful to Psychologists, showing the realization of a stable industry manufacturing.

Community Icon Ester Davis

Ester Davis is the host and executive producer of The Ester Davis Show. She is also the author of About My Day. About My Day is Ester Davis column anchored in Dallas Post Tribune newspaper and widely printed in multiple publications and on-line. About My Day gives America a glimpse of community news through the interactions and visibility of Ester Davis.

Celebrating our nation’s 241 years since its birth as a nation, we celebrate Ester Davis’ community coverage of her slice of America, which is Dallas in her column. About My Day has brought to the public coverage of Bishop T. D. Jake’s Megafest, 2017. Megafest opened the gateway Dallas to kings, queens, ambassadors, distinguished clergy and foreign diplomats; lots of high class, lonely class, middle, modest and homelessness attendees. At Megafest festival Ms. Davis interviewed her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and first elected female Head of State in Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia. About My Day has featured quotes from U.S. House of Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson. Johnson is a politician from the state of Texas, currently representing Texas's 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. Serving as a representative since 1993.

We have seen photo ops featuring Ester Davis and NanciPolosi, the Democratic Leader (Minority Leader) in the Republican-controlled House, and many more note able icons, dignitaries, and community leaders.

We, The Power of 3 Women (Dr. Linda Amerson and Valder Beebe) salute American iconic journalist Ester Davis as she continues to forage a path in freedom and justice in America.