On June 15, 1903, a woman named Mary Bell Williams was born in New York City.
She was the first child of a white man and a Black woman.
On the surface, it was a simple case of biracial pregnancy.
The birth was reported in the New York Times, and people were quick to praise Williams for her “perfect health” and for “her very bright eyes and fair complexion.”
The news came at a time when white and Black people were already being considered “different” and “less worthy.”
Williams’s parents and siblings were the first two people to be born on the continent of Africa.
Williams was one of three children, and she was born to a Black mother and a white father.
Williams had never been to Africa, and the first of her four siblings was a girl named Harriet, who would later become known as the first Black woman to graduate from high school in the United States.
Williams was the third of five children, with two older brothers and one younger sister.
She also had a sister, Frances, who was born into a slave family and was later freed.
The birth was a surprise for many, but it was also a source of controversy.
The first Black man to beborn on the island of Hispaniola was William J. Bell, who died at the age of 33.
At the time of his birth, Hispaniola had been a British colony.
It was then the home of enslaved Africans who had come to the United Kingdom after the end of the American Civil War in 1865.
When the Bell family arrived in the island in 1864, it had become a slave colony, and their new lives were not what many expected.
In fact, they found themselves living in an island community that was segregated and largely segregated from other communities.
It was the beginning of the end for the Black people in the Caribbean.
William Bell was the fourth of six children, who also had his mother and older sister, Jeanine, and his grandmother, Alice Williams.
As the Bells grew older, the community’s politics grew more radical.
In 1885, Bell and his wife, Margaret, were arrested for a riot that was sparked by a group of Black women who were protesting against the “slave trade” between the United Sates and Haiti.
The women had been accused of stealing from slave traders and were later charged with murder.
By the end, Bell was serving three years in prison and Margaret was imprisoned for a year.
The family’s political activities, combined with the Black men’s continued presence in the community, made the Bell clan an example of the Black resistance to slavery.
Following Bell’s death, the Belles became the first to be buried in a cemetery, the first in the world.
They were also the first people in modern history to be interred on the same day.
But for Williams, the birth was just one more moment in the long history of slavery in the Americas.
On June 15th, 1873, Williams’s father, Samuel Bell, and mother, Mary, died of syphilis.
She had not been tested for syphilis until the following year.
While the death of the first Bells marked the end to slavery in America, it also marked the beginning to the Black Civil Rights Movement.
Many African Americans did not feel the same way about the birth.
Williams and her mother’s death were not the first deaths to be linked to the birth of her first child.
In 1872, an African American woman named Ella Lee, was killed in Detroit, Michigan, after a woman tried to steal her newborn son, Thomas, from her.
She told police that the woman had been “making a nuisance of herself” and had been beating Thomas and kicking him in the head.
A few years later, on February 22nd, 1874, a Black man named Joseph “Doc” Smith was found dead in his home in Atlanta, Georgia, with gunshot wounds to his head.
Smith had been beaten to death, and he had been found by his mother who had been hiding in a closet.
She discovered the body after her son’s mother was killed and fled to the house.
Despite the fact that Smith was a convicted murderer, and that he had also been the victim of rape and robbery, and despite the fact the mother and the father were Blacks, they did not take any action against the man.
Eventually, the Black community would turn to social and political movements to combat racism.
This movement would eventually lead to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a group that advocated for racial justice and racial integration in America.
For Black people, the most visible form of resistance against racism came from the African American community itself.
Though it is no longer