Sunday, February 3, 2008

"We arrived on a nightmare, hoping for a dream"

The title of this post is an exert from one of the esteemed poet's Maya Angelou many poems.

This is the beginning of the 28 days that Mr. Charlie has designated to be observed by all Americans as African American History Month.

28 days!!

That is all the time that was given to us to celebrate our Ancestors contributions to this great country. I wonder if there was a month for White history which month would it be in?


I say that because January is typically the coldest and most dreary month of the year, as well as being the first month of the new year, and we all know how Mr. Charlie thinks that if he were not the first in everything, America would not be the America that we know today.

I think that question deserves to be on my side bar "Things that make you go Hmm".

Anyway, let me get to the topic of this post.

This month the only notable Afican American our children will hear about is Dr. Martin Luther King. The "King" was a great man. He paved the way for all America, not just Black America, so there is nothing bad that can be said about him.

However he was not the only trail blazer in our history. I am going to talk about a few in this post. I was surfing the net and I found alot of notable Black Americans on this site, infoplease.
These are Americans that paved the way for me to enjoy the life that I have today in this country.

Drumroll Please.....

Aaron, Henry Louis (Hank Aaron), 1934–, U.S. baseball player, b. Mobile, Ala. A durable outfielder noted for his powerful wrists, Aaron was among the first blacks to play a full career in the major leagues (1954–76). In 1974 he broke Babe Ruth's legendary lifetime mark of 714 home runs. Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, Aaron is baseball's career leader in runs batted in (2,297), and extra-base hits (1,477), and is second all-time in homeruns (755). In 1976 he became one of the first black executives in the game, beginning a long tenure in the Atlanta Braves front office.
Barry Bonds Who?

Abernathy, Ralph David , 1926–90, American civil-rights leader, b. Linden, Ala. A Baptist minister, he helped Martin Luther King, Jr., organize the Montgomery bus boycott (1955). He was treasurer, vice president, and, after King's assassination (1968), president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). An advocate of nonviolence as a means to social change, he led the Poor People's Campaign on Washington, D.C., after King's death. He resigned from the SCLC in 1977.

Bethune, Mary McLeod ], 1875–1955, American educator, b. Mayesville, S.C., grad. Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, 1895. The 17th child of former slaves, she taught (1895–1903) in a series of southern mission schools before settling in Florida to found (1904) the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls. From 1904 to 1942 and again from 1946 to 1947, she served as president of the institute, which, after merging with Cookman Institute (1923), became Bethune-Cookman College. A leader in the American black community, she founded the National Council of Negro Women (1935) and was director (1936–44) of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. In addition, she served as special adviser on minority affairs to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. At the 1945 conference that organized the United Nations, she was a consultant on interracial understanding.

Diahann Carroll(Carol Diahann Johnson)singer, actressBorn: 7/17/1935Birthplace: Bronx, New York
Stage and film actress who appeared in Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1957) and was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Claudine (1974). She also played in two successful TV series, as the working-mother title character on Julia (1968–71) and as a glamorous, scheming businesswoman on Dynasty (1984–87). She appeared in the much acclaimed TV movie Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999).

These are just a few of the millions of Afican Americans that played a notable part in American History. It would take a hell of a lot longer than 28 days to talk about every African American that gave their contribution to America's legacy.

Authors note
All the information that is posted here is from the web-site Infoplease. This is a cut and paste job, so if the people of Infoplease wish me to remove their work from my site, I will do so.


Lola Gets said...

Black History Month is held in February because both Martin Luther King Junior's and Frederick Washington's birthdays are in it. But, because Blacks want to celebrate their history in a warm-weather month, you see the rising interest in Juneteenth celebrations. Back in the day, Texas (and perhaps one or two others states) were the only ones that celebrated it, as it pertained mainly to them. But now we're seeing more states, Northern states even, having Juneteenth celebrations.


Dirty Red said...


Thanks for the History Lesson.
I did not know this. I do know about Juneteenth. I had never heard of it until I moved out here.