African American GOLDEN LEGACY

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS...

AFRICA was once the center of knowledge...




Your world is a big as you make it.

 

     

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

(1864-1943)

Educator, Agricultural/Food Scientist, Farmer

George Washington Carver devoted his life to research projects connected primarily with southern agriculture. The products he derived from the peanut and the soybean revolutionized the economy of the South by liberating it from an excessive dependence on cotton.

Born a slave in the spring of 1864 in Diamond Grove, Missouri, Carver was only an infant when he and his mother were abducted from his owner's plantation by a band of slave raiders. His mother was sold and shipped away, but Carver was ransomed by his master in exchange for a race horse. 

Dr. Carver created more than 300 products from peanuts and 100 products from potatoes.

 

      Benjamin Banneker designed the lay-out of the city of Washington, D.C. and he created the first American Clock.  At age 58, Banneker began the study of astronomy and was soon predicting future solar and lunar eclipses. He compiled the ephemeris, or information table, for annual almanacs that were published for the years 1792 through 1797. "Benjamin Banneker's Almanac" was a top seller from Pennsylvania to Virginia and even into Kentucky.

In 1791, Banneker was a technical assistant in the calculating and first-ever surveying of the Federal District, which is now Washington, D.C.
  

Thurgood Marshall won 29 of the 32 cases that he argued for "equality" before the Supreme Court.

The special examples of Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X (& leaders of the Civil Rights Movement) live on as part of this nation's rich cultural heritage for all Americans.
 Sojourner Truth was an ex-slave who helped other slaves escape from the cruel southern plantations via the Underground Railroad. She was also a fighter for the equal rights of women.
All of these events have helped all Americans to enjoy more democracy, higher levels of justice, and the right to protest against injustices.

 Rosa Parks has become known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" --because she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus--which lead to the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott.

 

 

VALUABLE Inventions & contributions
FROM BLACK PEOPLE:



Invention/ achievement .........Contributor/ Inventors


Air conditioner--------------------------- Frederick Jones

Automatic gear shift for vehicles-------------- Robert Spikes

Blood & plasma system -----------------Dr. Charles Drew..(1940)

Clock (1st American)------------------Benjamin Banneker

Electric clothes dryer-------------------------- George T. Samon

Electric devices for trains-------------------Granville T. Woods

Elevator------------------------------ Alexander Miles

Furnace-----------------------------------------A. Parker

Hair dressing & straightening ---------Madame C. J. Walker…. (1905)

Heating & cooling systems------- David Crosthwait… (1925-1976)

Ironing board---------------------------- Sarah Boone

 Light bulb;...and electric lamp-------------- Louis Latimer… (1886)

Pencil Sharpener--------------------------------- John Love

Player Piano---------------------------------- J. Dickinson

Printing Press----------------------------- W. A. Lavalette

Refrigerator--------------------------------- John Standard

Shoe stitching machine-----------------Jan Matzeliger …(1883)

Toilet (indoor)---------------------------------- T. Elkins

Traffic signal & gas mask------------------- Garrett Morgan

Typewriter------------------------------Burridge & Marshman

                                          Maggie Walker  (first woman bank-owner)

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about 'cultural diversity & Black History.'

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NATURE & CREATIVITY --



The more you study – the more you will realize how much
 the ancient wise people respected Nature, Creativity  & Spirituality.


MARTIAL ARTS... such as Karate,  Judo, Yoga, etc. -- began in ancient Africa.



Capoiera is known as “The Dance of Earth.”
 
It is a form of Martial Arts rooted in ancient practices -- created by
Black Brazilian slaves  -- where participants use dance, acrobatics, and
 karate kicks -- as the movements imitate the elements of
the environment – *
wind, fire, water, and earth.


Watch this short video for more INFO ON CAPOIERA --

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZnvk2Cx28





Champions and Super Stars...

"BLACK WALL STREET" was a highly

prosperous community --  1920's 

Despite numerous obstacles against racism & segregation ...and a battle to stay out of the Vietnam War, Ali won 3 world Heavyweight Championships.

                 


 Jesse Owens embarrassed Hitler and his "white supremacist" Nazi party in the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

                       

Jesse Owens is remembered for one stunning week in 1936, when he won four track and field gold medals at a single Olympics. The Summer Games that year were held in Berlin, where Nazi leader Hitler seemed determined to display the superiority of the German "Aryan" race. Owens, an African-American, put that notion to rest with victories in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the broad jump and the 4x100-meter relay.

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Did you know that the BIBLE is filled with BLACK HISTORY ?

 

SPORTS

 

 

 THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS:

The history of the Harlem Globetrotters is littered with incredible achievements, and they are probably America's best-known basketball team outside of the US. While primarily entertainers, the Globetrotters remained top athletes. In the late 1940s—before the ranks of professional basketball were integrated—they beat the champion Minneapolis Lakers. Between 1950 and 1962, they played a yearly series against squads composed of college all-stars, compiling a 162–44 win-loss record.

             

THE BEGGINING:  Saperstein's team makes its debut on January 7, 1927... in Hinckley, Illinois, before a crowd of 300. The total payout for the game was $75. The team wore uniforms with NEW YORK on them; no doubt in giving the crowd the impression they were from that city. Saperstein would later add his family name to the jersey thereafter, "Saperstein's New York Globetrotters." The Globetrotters traveled on-the-road packed into Saperstein's Model "T" Ford.

SATCHEL PAIGE in baseball --

Satchel Paige was considered one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the Negro Leagues. He could draw a crowd and pitch a no hitter. He was entertaining, talented, and always on the move to the team that offered the most money. Despite his unreliability, he was a highly desirable player and teams were willing to take the chance of his departure just to have him on the team.

 

ART PENNINGTON -- (aka: Superman)

Playing for the Chicago American Giants, "Superman" compiled batting averages of .299 in 1944 and .359 in 1945 while finishing second to Sam Jethroe in stolen bases with 18. In 1950 he hit .370 with good power and started the 1950 East-West All Star game, getting a hit in three at-bats.

 Art Pennington stands near a photo of himself from his playing days in the Negro League, Thursday, June 26, 2008, in his flood-damaged home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He was one of the top players in the Negro League. Pennington lost most of the memorabilia he had from his playing days when his home was damaged by recent flooding.   Historic high levels of flooding has caused major losses to thousands up and down the Missississippi River.

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The Roots of Civilization...

 

Black History---Lost, stolen, and concealed...

 

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Life Without Black People

                                  

A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of WHITE people who were fed up with African Americans (Negroes, Blacks) --- so they joined together and wished themselves away. They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an "altered universe and America without black people."

At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief.

'At last', they said, 'no more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.'

All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The 'NEW AMERICA' is not America at all - only a barren land.
 
1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system.

2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.

3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A. Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.

4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.

5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper..

6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine and W. A. Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.

7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.

8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.

9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace. Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern, and Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch. Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.

10. Their children met them at the door - barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt.  But what could one expect? Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board, and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.
 
Had it not been for the struggles and suffering of the heroic BLACK SLAVES and FREEDOM FIGHTERS -- and the oppression (and the illegal, immoral re-distribution of wealth) ... who worked and built the United States and simultaneously created many other inventions, works of music, literature and art, scientific discoveries, and promoted Civil Rights -- the United States may not have survived -- or become the great nation that it is today.
 
AND WORSE THAN ALL OF THIS....  An African-American man also invented the PC monitor (Dr.  Mark Dean) that you are using now to read this story.  Dr. Mark Dean  is a  Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is in the National Hall  of Inventors. If not for all of these trailblazers and fighters -- none of us would be reading this story right now.

Now, isn't that something?   What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans?

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ...'By the time we leave for work, millions of Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks.'


Black history includes more than just slavery!  THE STUDY OF BLACK HISTORY HELPS CLARIFY AND EXPLAIN THE REASON THAT WE NOW ENJOY THE MANY BENEFITS OF A FREE NATION.
 
BE PROUD OF THE MANY TRAILBLAZERS who contributed to our freedom and success:
 
 Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.
 
 
RECOMMENDED: 
 Book -- "The Negro in Making America"  -- by Benjamin Quarles
 
  
 
 
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ENVIRONMENTALISTS OF COLOR...

 

  EARTH IS CHANGING....Can we survive ?  

THE POLAR CAPS ARE MELTING...DUE TO THE WARMING CAUSED BY HEAT-TRAPPING GASES.  THE ECO-SYSTEM IS REACTING.

  

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ANCIENT WISDOM CONCERNING HOW TO LIVE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE ORIGINATED IN AFRICA. 
 
ONE THEME THAT PERMEATES THE OLDEST WRITINGS, ANCIENT RECORDS,  HISTORY BOOKS, RELIGIOUS ARTIFACTS, DOCUMENTS, AND INFORMATION OBTAINED REGARDING THE ANCIENT PEOPLE --from ancient Kemet...to the old Chinese Dynasty...to the Olmecs in the Americas...to Native American Indians in No. America --- is that they believed that the EARTH (Mother Nature; Gaia) was a living being -- and that survival relied upon harmony with Earth's elements --  and they believed in the union and connectness of  nature, science and spirituality.  THEY BELIEVED THAT ALL IS CONNECTED... (a holistic view).
 
Native Americans (Indians) and other PEOPLE OF COLOR also have a long history of advocating that we do not harm to the Earth.
 
 
Some of the modern leaders and advocates for improving and protecting the Environment,  GOING GREEN, and TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH include:
 
* AFRICAN-AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSOC.     www.aaenvironment.com
 
* COMMUNITIES FOR BETTER ENVIRONMENT     www.cbecal.org
 
 
*THE ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE RESOURCE CENTER (Atlanta)       www.ejrc.cau.edu
 
 
* Ms. Majora Carter     www.urbanhabitat.org/node/1379
 
 
* Mr. Van Jones    www.greenforall.org
 
 
Marvin Gaye sang about it -- 

LISTEN TO MARVIN GAYE:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkYx--x9wa0

 
 

 
BURNING FOSSIL FUELS CREATES GREENHOUSE GASES
 

 
IF YOU HAVE BEEN WORRYING ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT, THE BAD ECONOMY,  LACK OF HEALTH CARE,  WARS,  THE HIGH COST OF LIVING,    THE CORRUPTION ON WALL ST.,  FORECLOSURES,  OR ANY OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE IN SOCIETY....YOU MAY WANT TO PUT YOUR FOCUS ELSEWHERE.


 
The biggest threat to this nation and the world is GLOBAL WARMING. All the other mess is going to take a back seat...so don't worry. The monster storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. are going to clean up the politics -- really good. You don't have to believe it...just WATCH THE WEATHER.
 

What's goin' on...?


 
 
 

 

INTRODUCING....

Ancient wise people have told us -

THE TRUTH IS THE LIGHT!

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Yes We Can !

 

Dr. Martin Luther King predicted many things that came true. 

Dr. M. L. King predicted that the U.S. would

soon have a Black President. He was also a great advocate

of "being of service" to our brothers and sisters.

THIS IS A PROUD HISTORIC TIME FOR THE U.S.A.
 
For the first time in modern history....exactly 45 years since the
history (ML King)  March on Washington... (1963)
and 200 years since the end of the African slave trade  (1808)...
A BLACK MAN has become the President of the U.S.A.
 
 

Some people have been debating about Dr. M. L. King's political beliefs...

was he a Democrat or Republican?  Some others have even accused him

of being a "communist."  But Dr. King was really more influenced by

M. Gandhi.... and was 'non-partisan."




 

CHANGE ADVOCATES....

 

  

ROSA PARKS is the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" --because

she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus.  She was arrested for

this trangression against Jim Crow Laws in the U.S.A.   The CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 

jumped into a new major phase because of her courage.

 

 Dr. Martin Luther King was a great leader and Civil Rights advocate.

 

 

OBAMA...much like Dr. M. L. King --  ADVOCATES CHANGE!

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 IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS & HEAL OUR PLANET....


Africans brought beautiful colorful fabrics and fashions into existence, which have influenced fashions around the world.

      

 

Egyptian leather hand bags --

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