We Need To Study Black History More Now Than Ever!
As the present generation (X, Y, Next Gen) seems to drift farther and farther from the historical accomplishments of the Civil Rights era, our consciousness as Black people, on a whole seems to have diminished with regard to facts about our history.
We can blame it on the ‘cultural diversity” of our times or on what appears to be a realization of the “King Dream in the election of the first African American president; but in my opinion, we’re headed in the wrong direction.
I’ve spoken with teenagers who could not tell me who Martin Luther King, Jr. was. The only knowledge they have of Malcolm X is what it says on the T-Shirt they were wearing. These are two icons of Black History that were assassinated less than 50 years ago.
Test Your Knowledge of Black History?
See how many questions you can answer correctly. (No Cheating!)
- You’ve probably heard the phrase, “the real McCoy“, right? Where did it come from and what is it describing?
- How about the phrase, “monkey wrench“? What does it really mean? Where did it originate?
- Who was the first female African American Astronaut?
- He is credited with an improved process for creating a carbon filament at this time, which was an improvement on Thomas Edison’s original paper filament, which would burn out quickly. Who is he?
- He was an inventor and community leader who invented the gas mask and the automatic traffic signal. What’s his name?
- His most noted invention was a system for letting the engineer of a train know how close his train was to others. This device helped cut down accidents and collisions between trains.Who was he?
Here are the answers:
- Elijah McCoy. McCoy had wanted to work as an engineer but was repeatedly frustrated in this goal due to racial discrimination. In 1870, he found work as a fireman and oiler at the Michigan Central Railroad. Working in a home-based machine shop in Ypsilanti, McCoy invented an automatic lubricator for oiling the steam engines of locomotives, boats, and so on. For this he obtained his first patent, “Improvement in Lubricators for Steam-Engines” (U.S. Patent 129,843 ) on July 23, 1872.
- Jack Johnson heavy-weight boxing champion was the inventor of the Wrench for which he received a Patent. So why do they think they call it the Monkey wrench? The word (monkey) was a term used to describe African Americans.
- Mae Jemison became the first African American woman astronaut in 1987. She was a physician who also spent time with the Peace Corp. After Mae Jemison left NASA’s space program, she joined the staff of a medical school, and also runs her own technology firm.
- Lewis Latimer was known as a “Renaissance” man, a man of many talents.An accomplished poet, painter, playwright, musician as well as a pioneering engineer, he overcame many obstacles without having any doubts about his talents. Recognizing that Thomas Edison’s bamboo filament was impractical (Edison’s original bulb lasted only 30 hours before burning out), Latimer invented the carbon filament, thus making the light bulb practical.
- A pioneer inventor, Garrett A. Morgan (1877 – 1963) was responsible for the creation of such life-saving inventions as the gas mask and traffic lights. He was an inventor and community leader who invented the gas mask and the automatic traffic signal.
- Granville T. Woods invented more than a dozen devices to improve electric railway cars and many more for controlling the flow of electricity. His most noted invention was a system for letting the engineer of a train know how close his train was to others. This device helped cut down accidents and collisions between trains.
How well did you do? If you scored more than 4 correct, you did better than average. If less than that, you need to hit the books!
Here is a FREE resource to download: African American History Revised.
As we face major issues like the Prison Industrial Complex (The New Jim Crow), the Mis-Education of our children, a shrinking middle class the vast majority of us are content to somnambulate through life.
The wake up call many Black people are waiting for ain’t gonna happen… at least no time soon! In the meantime, we perish!
Madison Avenue advertisers knows you better than you know yourselves. They’ve study us and our history and they twist it to propagate messages that feed the lower chakras.
This is why you see such a proliferation of violence and sexually skewed advertisement.
If you have not already done so, I suggest you read our article on Mind Control, and then grab a copy of Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell.
While we are waiting on the next MLK or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz to arise and lead us to the “promised” land, we have lost ground and are continuing to lose ground.
Don’t let it happen. You study and make your children study our history… before it’s too late!
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