Thoughts on remembering Nancy Green

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Although born into slavery on Nov. 17, 1834, in Montgomery County, KY, this talented, resourceful, and popular lady rose to be one of the most wealthy and successful advertising entrepreneurs in the world.

To bad your children may never learn about her or her accomplishments. She was scrubbed from history by woke activists, silly politicians, and unthinking media practicing jaw-dropping ignorance that too often delivers advocacy rather than journalism.

You may recall Nancy Green’s stage name branding syrup and a new ready-mixed, self-rising pancake flour. Green was the Black storyteller who portrayed “Aunt Jemima.”

She was hired by the R.T. Davis Milling Company in 1890 as an archetype to promote their new pancake product. She was introduced at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Costumed as a plantation slave she operated the pancake-cooking display.

Sourced from “Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia,” African American Registry (AAREG) wrote, “[Green’s] amiable personality and talent as a cook helped establish a successful showing of the product, for which she was honored with a medal and certificate from Expo officials.” She was warm and appealing and the exhibition so popular that special security personnel were hired to keep crowds moving.

Afterwards Green signed a lifetime contract and was extremely well paid. For the next 30 years, until she died in a car crash in Chicago, she engaged in thousands of personal appearances and used her national presence to advocate for a better world. She was one of the organizers of the Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago. Her career gave her the financial freedom to become an activist and engage in antipoverty programs.

AAREG continued, “She also was one of the first Black missionary workers. She used her stature as a spokesperson to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for individuals in Chicago.”

She was advertising’s first living trademark and the pseudo-woke sought to rub her out. But Nancy Green — Aunt Jemima — will forever stand taller than any member of the historically ignorant Cancel Culture crowd.

— S.B.Waters

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