The Purpose Of Black History Month
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and that of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century. Negro History Week was the center of the equation.
It is easy to give up hope when you do not know what you can do. It’s easy to give up your future when you do not understand your past. We are more than just athletes; We are more than just entertainers; we are more than just drug dealers. Or petty criminals. We are doctors, and we are engineers. We are scientists, and we are teachers. We are contributors to the world at large. However, the history that we have read about since we were children has never adequately depicted the contributions of African Americans to society. Our history is rich, Of innovators who have changed the course of this country. The legacy That has been left to us by our ancestors Is to continue to grow and achieve excellence. No one said it would be easy, but we have great examples of people in our history who have overcome incredible odds and accomplished great things. Indeed, we have it much better than they ever did, and we can achieve so much more. Our story has not come to an end. But it’s just beginning, and we cannot allow others To dictate our level.
The Deck Is Stack But......
Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at nearly five times the rate of whites, and Latinx people are 1.3 times as likely to be incarcerated than non-Latinx whites.
Racial minorities are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, they are more likely to face stiff sentences. African-American males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males and 2.5 times more likely than Hispanic males.
We will Overcome!
To overcome doesn’t just mean to gain victory over an obstacle, and it’s much more than that! To overcome means that we know and understand the barriers we face, consciously facing them knowing that the odds are against us. Overcoming requires us to have two things: hope & faith. The goals of the challenges that we face are to kill our hopes for the dreams of our future. There will be times when it will seem that those challenges have succeeded in their goals. However, we can resurrect our hope. We must make sure the hope that we restore is spiritual and not a carnal hope. A carnal hope seeks fame, money, and acknowledgment. All these things are temporary at best. A spiritual hope is everlasting, connected to our divine purpose, given to us by our Heavenly Father. That is why faith is so necessary. Without faith, it’s impossible to overcome the obstacles we face. We must believe in ourselves. We must believe in the vision and the mission given to us by God.
We Are Royalty!
Believe in yourself! You are someone! You are loved! You belong, and you have a purpose! Your past does not define you. You are royalty, and you can become the person you strive to be. You are not a stereotype defined by culture or the media! You are not a police or FBI profile! You are wonderfully made! To be unique and uniquely used by God our heavenly that made you.
You Are Not Alone
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
Learn from those who came before you. Know that if they could overcome their mountains you can overcome the mountains you face today.
The Black Man Who Invented The Traffic Light
invented the first automatic three-way traffic signal system, which he eventually sold to General Electric.
When Morgan was in his mid-teens, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to look for work, and found it as a handyman to a wealthy landowner. Although he only completed elementary school education, Morgan was able to pay for more lessons from a private tutor. But jobs at several sewing-machine factories were to soon capture his imagination and determine his future. Learning the inner workings of the machines and how to fix them, Morgan obtained a patent for an improved sewing machine and opened his own repair business. The first American-made automobiles were introduced to consumers just before the turn of the twentieth century. At the time, pedestrians, bicycles, animal-drawn wagons, and motor vehicles all had to share the same roads. To deal with the growing problem of traffic accidents, a number of different versions of traffic signaling devices began to be developed simultaneously, starting around 1913.
Detroit Police Officer William Potts invented the modern-day traffic light in 1920. Garret Morgan, having witnessed an accident at an intersection, filed a patent for a traffic control device which also had a third “warning” position two years later – in 1922. The patent was granted in 1923. In addition, there were several other systems, also invented prior to Morgan’s, some of which had audible warnings.
Mrs. Gladys West
The Morther Of The GPS System
Gladys West, née Gladys Mae Brown,
is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematical modeling of the shape of the Earth, and her work on the development of the satellite geodesy models that were eventually incorporated into the Global Positioning System (GPS). West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018. West was awarded the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual Webby Awards for the development of the satellite geodesy models.
Her family was an African-American farming family in a community of sharecroppers. She spent much of her childhood working on her family’s small farm. Her mother worked at a tobacco factory. Her father was a farmer who also worked for the railroad. West’s parents were both huge inspirations for her and led her to become the strong and driven woman that West is seen to be in history today West realized early on that she did not want to work in the tobacco fields or factories like the rest of her family, and decided that education would be her way out.
From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, West programmed an IBM 7030 Stretch computer to deliver increasingly precise calculations to model the shape of the Earth – an ellipsoid with additional undulations, known as the geoid. Generating an extremely accurate geopotential model required her to employ complex algorithms to account for variations in gravitational, tidal, and other forces that distort Earth’s shape. West wrote in her autobiography that she was able to solve difficult problems that stumped the other members of the team. West’s model ultimately became the basis for the Global Positioning System (GPS).
In 1986, West published Data Processing System Specifications for the Geosat Satellite Radar Altimeter, a 51-page technical report from The Naval Surface Weapons Center (NSWC). The guide was published to explain how to increase the accuracy of the estimation of geoid heights and vertical deflection, important components of satellite geodesy. This was achieved by processing the data created from the radio altimeter on the Geosat satellite, which went into orbit on March 12, 1984
African-American inventor, electrical pioneer
Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928) was an African-American inventor, electrical pioneer, and a son of fugitive slaves. With no access to formal education, Latimer taught himself mechanical drawing while in the Union Navy, and eventually became a chief draftsman, patent expert, and inventor.
Over the course of his career as a draftsman, Latimer worked closely with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, in addition to designing his own inventions
Latimer was directly involved with one of these inventions: the telephone. Working with Bell, Latimer helped draft the patent for Bell’s design of the telephone. He was also involved in the field of incandescent lighting, a particularly competitive field, working for Hiram Maxim and Edison.
Latimer’s deep knowledge of both patents and electrical engineering made Latimer an indispensable partner to Edison as he promoted and defended his light bulb design. In 1890, Latimer published a book entitled Incandescent Electric Lighting: A Practical Description of the Edison System. He continued to work as a patent consultant until 1922.