Just because it’s the end of February doesn’t mean we need to lose the momentum! Keep teaching our children our History. This is everyone on earth’s history. We are always taught about the same 5 people who have contributed to the betterment of us but there are so many more. If you are looking for [...]
HAVE YOU HEARD OF ALICE AUGUSTA BALL?
Yes, Leprosy was before our time! But if you have heard of it, you should have heard of Alice Augusta Ball. She was an American chemist who developed the "Ball Method", the most effective treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century. She was the first woman and first African American to receive a master's [...]
BEFORE THERE WAS A MODEL T., THERE WAS C.R. PATTERSON AND SONS COMPANY
It is no accident that most of us have never heard of Frederick Douglas Patterson. He was an American entrepreneur known for the Greenfield-Patterson automobile of 1915, built in Ohio. He later converted his business to the Greenfield Bus Body Company. Built by the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer, The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company, [...]
MARY SEACOLE WAS OUR FIRST NURSE BUT ALL YOU HEAR ABOUT IS FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE!
Mary Seacole, née Mary Jane Grant, (born 1805, Kingston, Jamaica - died May 14, 1881, London, England), Jamaican businesswoman who provided sustenance and care for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War. Again, she was 15 years older than Florence! Florence Nightingale receives all the accolades when Mary Seacole helped train her on how [...]
BLACK DOCTORS MATTER: THE DEATH OF BILLIE HOLIDAY
It’s not in the reports much like the lynchings of today or the murder of Martin Luther King! He didn’t die from the bullet, he was murdered. If you look up the court rulings, the government was found guilty but they don’t teach that narrative because they DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW! For the [...]
BEFORE MISTY THERE WAS JANET COLLINS
Janet wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. Janet pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint [...]
THIS ISN’T JUST BLACK HISTORY; THIS IS WHITE AMERICAN HISTORY.
This is Sgt. Isaac Woodward, in 1946 he was just 26 years old. A decorated war veteran, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He was traveling home on the bus, back to the very place I had my own run in with the police, South Carolina. Sgt. Isaac Woodward was wearing his uniform. [...]
HOOP EARRINGS ORIGINATED IN AFRICA AROUND 2500 B.C.E.!
As a small child my idea of beauty was red lips and big hoop earrings. That was the idea I had in my head for my ideal look when I grew up. My mother would never let me wear large earrings as a child, but she always kept me in little hoops. I couldn't wait [...]
AS WE PREPARE FOR OUR 2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Psychological verbiage is one of the biggest issues I’ve observed that minority parents have with our school system. Elementary school teachers, please, as you’re planning your lessons for Black History Month, I beg you to pay attention to your verbiage! These historical names you will be teaching about were not born slaves! They were born [...]