Eartha Kitt 1927-2008 was born in cotton fields in South Carolina as the result of a rape by a white plantation owner.
The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.
Eartha Kitt is the original Muva.
She was an outspoken civil rights activist and just an utterly good person.
I see her picture, i reblog.
Given away by her mother she moved to New York, dropped out of high school, and was homeless until she was discovered for her singing and performed touring Europe.
I remember hearing news of her death on the radio during a roadtrip and crying silently until we reached our destination.