The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima,” but her given name was Nancy Green and she was a true American success story. She was born a slave in 1834 Montgomery County, KY… and became a wealthy superstar in the advertising world, as its first living trademark.
Green was 56-yrs old when she was selected as spokesperson for a new ready-mixed, self-rising pancake flour and made her debut in 1893 at a fair and exposition in Chicago. She demonstrated the pancake mix and served thousands of pancakes… and became an immediate star. She was a good storyteller, her personality was warm and appealing, and her showmanship was exceptional. Her exhibition booth drew so many people that special security personnel were assigned to keep the crowds moving.
Nancy Green was signed to a lifetime contract, traveled on promotional tours all over the country, and was extremely well paid. Her financial freedom and stature as a national spokesperson enabled her to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for folks in Chicago.
She maintained her job until her death in 1923, at age 89.
Nancy Green was a remarkable woman… and has just been ERASED by politically correct bedwetters.
When you take a black persons image off a product you are disrespecting them after death when that image was meant to honor that person. I see that as no different than disrespecting a living black person to their face, albeit a more cowardly thing. I think the product images of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Bens, and others were a statement about excellence about that product and the excellence of those individuals in their profession who granted permission to have their likeness to promote that product. This recent politically correct garbage is getting out of hand.