George Washington Carver & Frederick Douglas
George Washington Carver (January 1864 – January 5, 1943), was an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. /5
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Lest we forget by Deacon Tommie S. Clay, Jr. Q: What is Black History? Why it is more important for us as black people to know and respect our history and heritage is the real question? Our history is as old as the first man to walk the earth, because he was an African. Some of the earliest recorded writings were found in our homeland Africa; from King Ramses and Queen Cleopatra, Hannibal the Great and the mighty nation of Kush; from Simon who helped Jesus bear the cross down through Jomo Kenyatta and Nelson Mandela, we have stood as strong proud people. From Crispus Attucks, the first man to die fighting to make America free, through Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglas; from George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington through W.E.B. Dubois, our people have struggled to overcome slavery, oppression and discrimination to be free. Again, I ask what is Black History. It’s Jack Johnson and its Paul Roberson. It’s Bill Bo jangles Robinson and it’s Billy Holiday. It’s Adam Clay ...
Guess whose remembered: Those who solve problems and those who create problems. How many problem solvers are you aware of from Black History? No "googling!" Off the cuff, who do you have? Because of overwhelming familiarity, let's exclude MLK, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglas...let's go!
It pisses me off when I'm asked "Why do we have a Black History Month?" because there's no such thing as a White History Month. My answer is, there wouldn't need to be if the history we learn in school was taught equally about all Americans. Sure you may have heard of George Washington Carver or Harriet Tubman, and of course MLK...but let me go deeper and start asking about Benjamin Banneker, or Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois or Richard Wright...I will get the deer in headlights look. And that is the reason for Black History Month, so those Americans of Black heritage can know anything is possible if you put your mind to it, regardless of Race, with this month highlighting those successful people of color as proof. We don't need proof of our White brothers successes, because it's well documented and well taught and we know it like everyone else. Black History Month does not hurt, but it sure does help.
The Power of Self-Education: Like many of my friends, family and other peers, in grade school, around this time during Black History Month, myself and others were all subjected to the learning of Black History through the lens of the American education curriculum. This curriculum of "Black History" was a bit of a rarity for standardized American education in general. For we were not only exposed of such history during the month of February, but we were also exposed to it during rare moments in American history highlighting the plight of slaves and former slaves to the well-known leaders of the Civil Rights Era up until the present. These leaders included Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglas, W.E.B. DuBois, black inventors such as Garrett Morgan and George Washington Carver, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evars, and most recently, in conjunction with the education received via college academia, Gen. Colin Powell, Condelezza Rice and Sen. Barack H. Obama. And like many of my pe ...
Kwanzaa: A Personal Illustration If you want to understand the principles of Kwanzaa in action, you are in the right place: the NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM. The “brain wave” inspiration for the museum came when Doc was coaching a little league team. One player wanted to retake his picture because it looked too black. This cry from the little league player colored the need for Umoja (Unity) in the Baltimore African American community. It’s personal. The Doctors Martin determined, through the principle of Kujichagulia, to define, name, create and speak for and to descendents of Africans who survived the brutality of slavery from a Baltimore City location. They began to build and maintain the community with a traveling exhibition that included wax figures of Frederick Douglas, Mary Mcleod Bethune and George Washington Carver. Ujima, to make our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters problems our problems and to solve them together was in full gear. In 1983 the Great Blacks in Wax opene ...
"Black men have made great contributions, Fredrick Douglas, George Washington Carver, W.E.B Dubois, Frederick Douglas." "Well ain't it just too *** bad that you didn't get knocked up by Frederick Douglas."
Beauty, talents gifts, looks, are all products of our Creator, for it says in Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I , (you are) am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. When we speak negatively against others we are speaking against God and His creations and against ourselves. Let us drop the negatives and build on the positives and you will find that Proverbs 18:16 will be enhanced in you. If you don't have your Bible handy, it says, "Your gifts will make room for you." Many of us can't praise God for our gifts for being jealous and upset over the gifts and talents of others not realizing that God made all things good and very good. Hair, lips, color, size, male and female short , tall and all. If you want to grow, if you want to be another Barack, another Gabby, another Kennedy, another Lincoln, George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, Martin Luther King, Harriet Turban, Frederick Douglas, Michael , Whitney, CannonBall, Pla ...
Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, Thurgood Marshall, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Dr. George Washington Carver, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Madam C.J. Walker, Brown vs Wade, along with many others...fought hard and long battles and died for the common good of not just our people but all mankind. I am truely sad today because of the killings, killings of "black on black crime". This really breaks my heart! Before you speak, I'm not only talking of the west end of louisville but throughout this country. What about our children, our grandchldren? We are a growing race of a continuous "minority" because we are killing each other. WAKE UP! PLEASE! It's going to take ALL of us to make a difference. Everyone who is reading this, I would like for all of you to take the time out and pray, it's the only HOPE we have left. May God bless each of us.
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