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Michal Scott: After All, Women Are Half the Human Race
Friday, February 15th, 2019

Born in 1956, I’m a product of the “Say it loud I’m Black and I’m Proud” sixties and have always loved learning of the achievements of African-Americans. Many years ago I was pleasantly surprised to come across a box of flash cards of thirty-six famous African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr was prominently displayed on the cover, but I recognized miniatures of Marian Anderson and Mary McLeod Bethune. I bought it at once and hurried home with my prize. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and discovered only six of the thirty-six were women! I was expecting half the cards to be dedicated to women. After all we are the other half the human race, right? I might have grudgingly settled for twelve, but six? I appreciated the six represented different firsts like Shirley Chisholm and Marian Anderson, historical champions like Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, and two well-known in the Black community if not as well known in the larger society like Mary McLeod Bethune and Phillis Wheatley. But this collection was sending an unfortunate subliminal message, i.e. women don’t contribute equally to “the Race.” That disappointment sent me on a crusade.

I began collecting images of Black women whenever I came across them. Postcards, books, magazines, you name it. If it had an African-American woman on or in it, I bought it. I framed the images in dollar store box frames and put them on the walls of my apartment. My collection grew to over three hundred images, multiples of those who are household names like Billie Holiday, but the majority who were famous in their time like Ada Overton Walker. Born in 1880, she and her husband George Walker became well-known for their interpretation of the cakewalk.

Soon, I just started collecting images of any black woman or girl I found and framed those too. Even though nameless, they deserve to be noticed, too. So in honor of all the African-American women you’ve encountered over the years, please share their names so I can find their images and add them to my collection.

One Breath Away

Sentenced to hang for a crime she didn’t commit, former slave Mary Hamilton was exonerated at literally the last gasp. She returns to Safe Haven, broken and resigned to live alone. She’s never been courted, cuddled or spooned, and now no man could want her, not when sexual satisfaction comes only with the thought of asphyxiation. But then the handsome stranger who saved her shows up, stealing her breath from across the room and promising so much more.

Wealthy, freeborn-Black, Eban Thurman followed Mary to Safe Haven, believing the mysteriously exotic woman is his mate foretold by the stars. He must marry her to reclaim his family farm. But first he must help her heal, and to do that means revealing his own predilection for edgier sex.

Hope ignites along with lust until the past threatens to keep them one breath away from love…


“Will you let me help you?” He extended his hand, waited for permission.

She took his hand as he had taken hers and pressed his fingers to her wounded flesh. Pain, quick and sharp, flashed through her mind. She gasped and tugged his hand away, but it wouldn’t budge.

“Don’t fight it.” He stayed close, stroked his thumb soothingly where the scar stretched beneath her ear. “Your fear gives it strength.”

The rhythm of his strokes calmed her fears, relaxed her body. She had no energy, no desire to resist. Her hands slipped from his wrist. Her arms hung limp at her sides. She closed her eyes.

“I—I’ve got to sit down or I’ll fall down.”

“Then fall.” His gaze held the assurance she needed. “I’ve caught you before. I’ll catch you again.”

On cue her knees buckled and she collapsed. He swept her into his arms with the ease of pushing a swinging door. She buried her face in his chest, wheezed, shuddered, wheezed again.

“Relax,” he cooed. “Relax. It’s your fear. Nothing more.”

She blinked, fought for breath through gritted teeth. “Bu—but my response is not nothing. It’s real fear.”

“Yes, it’s real, but not permanent. Your fear can be controlled and finally conquered.”

“Controlled?” She panted. Disbelief huffed out on each breath. “How?”

“With time…if you’re willing.” His mouth hovered a hair above hers. The warmth of his words whispered between her parted lips. “Are you willing?”

“I—I’m not sure.”

“Let me convince you.” He closed the gap between their mouths.

A hint of peppermint tooth powder boosted rather than masked the natural earthy taste of tooth and saliva. Each swipe of his tongue strengthened her spirit. God, she had heaven in her mouth.

She drowned in the moans vibrating from her throat. In her mind she surfaced for air, for relief, but the need for more pulled her back under. She wrapped her arms around his neck, invited him to plunge deeper, take her deeper. Desire warred with fear. In her heart she prayed.

God, please let desire win this time.

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15 comments to “Michal Scott: After All, Women Are Half the Human Race”

  1. Michal Scott
    · February 15th, 2019 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Hi Delilah,

    Once again thanks for having me. : )

  2. Jennifer Wilck
    · February 15th, 2019 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I just learned about Mary Elizabeth Bowser and she is fascinating!

  3. Deb
    · February 15th, 2019 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Love this , Anna – why do you think we have Black History Month and Women’s History Month? Because no one is ever told about the accomplishments of either in school. Both are way overdue in our curriculum, our history books, and as common knowledge to all! I see a non-fiction book in your future.

  4. Deb Noone
    · February 15th, 2019 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Love this , Anna – why do you think we have Black History Month and Women’s History Month? Because no one is ever told about the accomplishments of either in school. Both are way overdue in our curriculum, our history books, and as common knowledge to all! I see a non-fiction book in your future.

  5. Delore Stewart
    · February 15th, 2019 at 2:17 pm · Link

    What a beautiful story, Anna. I wished I had considered such a great project. When I was young, in elementary school, I was given a book, I believe called “Word Pictures of the Great.” It had a great array of Black Women and Men. The book must have been published in the fifties. I would have loved to have it for my daughters. Unfortunately, I never found it when I looked.
    Meanwhile, my Aunt Sadie Hobday, is cited in a new book titled “Nursing with a Message, on Early days of Public Health in NYC. She was a nurse leader in Public Health, starting in 1927.

  6. Michal Scott
    · February 15th, 2019 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Thank you, Jennifer! She’s brand new to me. Can’t wait to learn more about her.

  7. Michal Scott
    · February 15th, 2019 at 2:36 pm · Link

    So true, Deb! Even in graduate school getting woman equal attention was a battle. Funny, I have been toying with the idea of writing some articles, but a book…now you’ve really got me thinking. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Ruth Seitelman
    · February 15th, 2019 at 2:42 pm · Link

    This is a wonderful excerpt. I really hope desire won!!

  9. Deb Noone
    · February 15th, 2019 at 3:00 pm · Link

    I’d read a book. You could start with articles too and then bind them together into a book.

  10. Deb Noone
    · February 15th, 2019 at 3:01 pm · Link

    I’d read a book. You could start with articles too and then bind them together into a book.

  11. Michal Scott
    · February 15th, 2019 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Great minds think alike. : )

  12. JB
    · February 16th, 2019 at 9:59 am · Link

    Your hobby is the BEST! I love this! Someday you must post some pictures of your wall! ; ) Also your cover is gorgeous!!! Best, JB

  13. Michal Scott
    · February 18th, 2019 at 2:34 am · Link

    Hi Delores,

    Thanks for stopping by. I’ve got to go on a hunt for it. Some third party seller on Amazon must have it squirreled away from some library.

  14. Michal Scott
    · February 18th, 2019 at 2:35 am · Link

    Hi Ruth,

    Desire definitely won. : ) Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Michal Scott
    · February 18th, 2019 at 2:37 am · Link

    Thanks, JB.

    I’m going to post a picture a day in March in honor of Women’s History month. Yes that cover is amazing! Unfortunately that artist no longer works with the company. : ( I hope to find her again by the time I get the rights back so I can buy the cover from her. Thanks for stopping by.

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