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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, 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 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…

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, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther Kinbg, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.


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The Google doodle celebrates Percy Julian on Friday, April 11, 2014. 

Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899, Montgomery, Al. – April 19, 1975, Waukegan, Illinois) was a U.S. research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants.[1]He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, and a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones, steroidsprogesterone, and testosterone, from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol. His work would lay the foundation for the steroid drug industry’s production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills.[2][3][4][5]

He later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the Mexican wild yam. His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs.[6][7]

During his lifetime he received more than 130 chemical patents. Julian was one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry. He was the first African-American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the second African-American scientist inducted from any field.[6]

(via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Lavon_Julian)

Happy 60th birthday to Ruby Bridges! As a six-year-old, Ruby Bridges famously became the first African American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South. When the 1st grader walked to William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 surrounded by a team of U.S. Marshals, she was met by a vicious mob shouting and throwing objects at her. 

One of the federal marshals, Charles Burks, who served on her escort team, recalls Bridges’ courage in the face of such hatred: “For a little girl six years old going into a strange school with four strange deputy marshals, a place she had never been before, she showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier. We were all very proud of her.”

Once Ruby entered the school, she discovered that it was devoid of children because they had all been removed by their parents due to her presence. The only teacher willing to have Ruby as a student was Barbara Henry, who had recently moved from Boston. Ruby was taught by herself for her first year at the school due to the white parents’ refusal to have their children share a classroom with a black child. 

Despite daily harassment, which required the federal marshals to continue escorting her to school for months; threats towards her family; and her father’s job loss due to his family’s role in school integration, Ruby persisted in attending school. The following year, when she returned for second grade, the mobs were gone and more African American students joined her at the school. The pioneering school integration effort was a success due to Ruby Bridges’ inspiring courage, perseverance, and resilience.

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The Ida B. Wells’ quote about lynching relates to America today. The new form of lynching is the police brutality. Consider how lynch mobs would stand watching a victim’s body die by burning or hanging. Once the victim of police brutality is shot dead, police just leave the body for a long time before calling for medical assistance. The rate of lynching during the Jim Crow period is the same as deaths from police brutality.

Some say that the reason that many blacks are getting shot by police is black crime. The thing that they leave out is that the crime comes from poverty which is an effect of the War on Drugs. The war was set up by President Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover to destroy the confidence that the Black Panthers brought to black communities and neighborhoods. The police brutality is costing the lives of the blacks. Just like Wells stated, there have been no efforts by moral forces or leaders to put an end this “wholesale slaughter.” This shows that the blacks must unite together just like they did during the Civil Rights Movement to put an end to the new lynching.

Tempie Cummins -

‘’…she used to hide in the chimney corner and listen to what the white folks say.‘

“The white chillun tries teach me to read and write but I didn’ larn much, ‘cause I allus workin’. Mother was workin’ in the house, and she cooked too. She say she used to hide in the chimney corner and listen to what the white folks say. When freedom was 'clared, marster wouldn’ tell 'em, but mother she hear him tellin’ mistus that the slaves was free but they didn’ know it and he’s not gwineter tell 'em till he makes another crop or two. When mother hear that she say she slip out the chimney corner and crack her heels together four times and shouts, 'I’s free, I’s free.’ Then she runs to the field, 'gainst marster’s will and tol’ all the other slaves and they quit work. Then she run away and in the night she slip into a big ravine near the house and have them bring me to her. Marster, he come out with his gun and shot at mother but she run down the ravine and gits away with me.”

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Exert: In honor of Black History Month…

Born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Dandridge sang at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre and became the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the 1954 block buster hit “Carmen Jones”.

Dorothy has been called “one of the most stunning women who ever lived.” But her vocal and acting talents were legendary as well. Dandridge was pushed into show business at a young age by her mother and performed with her sister Vivian until her teenage years. Although her later years were troubled and her life was cut short on September 8, 1965 at the age of 42, her body of work has been an inspiration to many. Her ability to break new ground for African American women in film has drawn comparisons between her and baseball great Jackie Robinson.

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Many African American youth feel that they have to wait until they’re around 50-years old to be an influential leader of their people. When you look at these black leaders who many expected to be in their 30s or 40s, you’d think otherwise. These men became leaders in their 20s. This shows age doesn’t matter. All it took for them to be a leader was ambition, courage, education, and listening to the advice of experienced leaders. These are the things that can turn today’s black youth into leaders when they reach their young adult years.

According to Huey Newton, African American young adults have played a major role when it came to fighting for justice and equality. By looking at the age of these leaders, you can also see why racists in the police and prison system mostly aim for young black men. The young adults are the ones most likely to bring about change. This is what the black youth need to be aware of. Once they are, they’ll have the courage and confidence to become successful leaders of their people.

Ben Affleck Hid Slave Owner Ancestor 

Affleck appeared on the US series ‘Finding Your Roots’  last September but some dark elements of his ancestry were omitted.

According to leaked emails between the producers of the show a certain ‘batman’ had asked for footage to be cut because it included the reveal that Mr Affleck had a relative who was a slave owner.

It is not unheard of for many celebrities to have historical ties to the slave trade. It seems strange for Affleck to want to hide it, instead of talking about the part of history that is often ‘swept under the rug’

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I love that I see so many people are honoring Dorothy Dandridge for Black History Month. However, there is some incorrect information being posted. Dorothy Dandridge was not the first black actress nominated for an Academy Award. She was the first black actress nominated in the category of BEST ACTRESS, which also means that’s she was the first black nominated for a LEAD role. Ms. Hattie McDaniel was the first black nominated in ANY category, and she was also the first black person to ever win (Best Supporting Actress for her role in Gone With the Wind). Ethel Waters was the 2nd black person to ever be nominated for an Academy Award, and she was also the first black woman nominated for an Emmy. Again, Dorothy Jean Dandridge became the first black person ever nominated for a LEAD role. Each of these women cemented their place in history, and deserve to be recognized.

BLACK HISTORY MOMENT:  On this day, February 13th, 1923, The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized in Harlem by Robert “Bob” Douglas. They were known to their many fans and admirers as “The Rens” and they’ve been called “the greatest basketball team you never heard of.” The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted the New York Renaissance collectively in 1963.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. Some say he was a person of violence, but his philosophy was that man has the right to defend himself by any means necessary. He demonstrated his leadership by telling the facts about the nation regardless of who it might offend and getting blacks to realize that they must defend themselves.

In America, Martin Luther King, Jr., is the only black figure recognized. The nation needs to realize that King was not the only black influential leader. Malcolm X was a great influence to many in the nation; therefore, he should be recognized in America, also.

“Problems arise in that one has to FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN WHAT PEOPLE NEED FROM YOU AND WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOURSELF.” – Jessye Norman

Happy Birthday to the incomparable Jessye Norman!  Ms. Norman is one of the most popular and highest paid soprano opera singers in the world.

Throughout her career, Norman has received numerous honors, including more than 30 honorary degrees and several Grammy Awards. In 1997, at 52 she became the youngest recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, the highest honor the United States bestows on artists. 

Today, carve out a little time for yourself!  You must fulfill YOUR needs as well.