BHM Spotlight: A. Philip Randolph

This man is the great A. Philip Randolph, if you have never heard of him, you can thank America’s wretched school system for that. However, if you have heard of him you know how much of an impact this man has made on the life of people of color in America. The impact he made ia still being seen, felt, and lived today.

If you are a person of color and you hold a government job, you have him to thank.

If you have family members, or know family members, that worked for the Pullman Porter, you need to thank him.

If you are a person of color that is apart of a union, you need to thank him.

Because this man marched, threatened to march, and met with several presidents to create a better future for African-Americans when it came to getting jobs and having equality.

In fact, this is the man who was the brain behind the march on Washington in 1963. In fact if you watch the video he spoke and was in the front of the line in marches. Without God there would be no A. Philip Randolph and without A. Philip Randolph there would be no Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I know that my post is not doing this man justice. I heard about him when I got to college and I was hurt and shocked that I had never heard about this man before. He helped to start the first black union, Pullman Porters, because a lot of white unions wanted to stay white. Yet, he helped his people; in fact this man at one point was so poor from putting everything he had into the Pullman Porter that he had to depend on change from others to get a taxi home.

Unfortunately, he never had children, as I was told, he said that the movemen and the people that he was fighting for would be his children. Although Mr. Randolph wasn’t a christian, I think he was an atheist, never underestimate who God can and will use.

So Mr. Randolph you may not get the credit you deserve or the huge statue in your honor, but know that your efforts have paid off well and I thank you for loving your people and future generations enough to fight for us the way you did. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“Freedom is never granted and is never given; it is won and exacted.” -A. Philip Randolph

You can learn about this amazing man here: Georgemeany.org

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BHM Spotlight: Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson is the Father of Black History Month. The Lord is so good that he placed it on Mr. Woodson’s heart to not only seek his people’s history and teach it to them, but to show them how to celebrate themselves. He began Black History day, which became Black History Day, which is now Black History Month.

He also went on to create a book, that I can always find myself referring back to, called “The Mis-education of the Negro.” In this book, he talked about what a real education is, how the Africans in America have been mislead deliberately by America’s so-called “education” an education that taught them how to hate themselves, to be ignorant of their past and future, that has taught them to seek validation and acceptance from others, that would never come, all the while ensuring that they were kept at the bottom. Even though the book was written in 1933, it has been a truth that has surpassed all generations and continues to speak of the present and the future.

He talked about why American history is taught without the mentioning of black inventors, Ancient African kingdoms, Queens and Kings and more. This book opened my eyes to the saying of “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” While the book of Willy Lynch is constantly referenced, debated on, and talked about; this is the book that will help to open eyes and build strong communities.

So I thank you Mr. Woodson for not believing the lies taught to you about your ancestors and taking it upon yourself to discover the truth and share it. I sincerely thank you so much.

Black History Month Spotlight: Garrett A. Morgan

I told myself I would write about some unsung heroes. This month is Black History Month a month when heroes of America known, and unknown, are remembered for their amazing contribution to the world we live in. Although black history should be celebrated all year round, this month is still important and it is an amazing opportunity to learn about new heroes. I want to give a shout out to this thread

Garrett A. Morgan

 

Many of the world’s most famous inventors only produced one major invention that garnered recognition and cemented their prominent status. But Garret Augustus Morgan, one of the country’s most successful African-American inventors, created two – the gas mask and the traffic signal.

Born in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to former slaves, Garrett A. Morgan was only formally educated to a sixth-grade level. Fortunately, like many great inventors, Morgan had an innate mechanical mind that enabled him to solve problems. And, unlike most other inventors, he also was a skilled entrepreneur.

After moving to Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 18, Garrett Morgan’s business sense and strong work ethic led him to almost immediate success. He invented and patented the first chemical hair straightener, started his own sewing equipment repair business, and even established a newspaper – the Cleveland Call.

But Morgan’s most prolific accomplishments came in his role as an inventor. He received a patent for the first gas mask invention in 1914, but it wasn’t until two years later that the idea really took off. When a group of workers got stuck in a tunnel below Lake Erie after an explosion, Morgan and a team of men donned the masks to help get them out. After the rescue was a success, requests for the masks began pouring in.

Similarly, Garrett Morgan’s other famous invention – the traffic signal – was also invented to help save lives. After witnessing an accident on a roadway, Morgan decided a device was needed to keep cars, buggies and pedestrians from colliding. His traffic signal was designed to stand on a street corner and notify vehicles and walkers whether they should stop or go. After receiving a patent in 1923, the rights to the invention were eventually purchased by General Electric.

So next time you are waiting at the traffic light thank God for Morgan.

The facts about Morgan came from black-inventor.