(African American) INVENTORS
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Categories include: History/Philosophy/Words/King Holiday
Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail
Some of the songs and hymns that Martin Luther King Jr. loved -
OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS
Courageous Civil Rights Leader
(A speech she delivered at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio, on May 29, 1851)
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted
over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages,
or over mud-
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.
Something to think about
Intelligence plus character-
EDUCATING THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA
Presumably, everyone regards education for America's children as a high priority. Here is one view from a distinguished citizen:
Black inventors and their work.
I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.
Dr. Benjamin Carson
To make your dreams come true, you have to stay awake.
Contains an Introduction, Selected Bibliography, Blues Lyrics, and Research and Study Topics.
Personalities featured include: Gwendolyn Bennett, Marita Bonner, Arna Bontemps, Sterling A Brown, Countee Cullen, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Rudolph Fisher, Marcus Garvey, Angelina Weld Grimke, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles Spurgeon Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Alain Locke, Claude McKay, Mary White Ovington, George Schuyler, Anne Spencer, Wallace Thurman, Jean Toomer, Carl Van Vechten, Eric Walrond, Dorothy West, Walter White.
JUST THE BLACK NOTES
Dr. Wintley Phipps, pastor of Palm Bay Seventh Day Adventist Church, Palm Bay, Florida popularized the fact that negro spirituals mainly use the black notes of the piano. His illustrations included a powerful rendering of the well-
(In 1998, Dr. Phipps founded the , "an organization dedicated to making a better place by starting with the most significant members of the society -
One brother, James Weldon Johnson, wrote the words in 1899. He was born on June 17,
1871 in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Atlanta University in1894 (MA 1904),
and went on to be come a songwriter, anthologist, teacher, and lawyer. He was the
His works in clude: The Autobiography of an Ex-
James Weldon Johnson died in a car accident in Wiscasset, Maine on June 26, 1938. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn New York.
His brother, John R. Johnson, composed the music. He was born on August 11, 1873
in Jacksonville, Florida. He too attended Atlanta University, and also the New England
Conservatory of Music. With his brother, James, he belonged to the songwriting team
of Cole and Johnson Brothers. He also edited a number or collections of African-
John R. Johnson died November 11,1954 in New York City.
A little poem, pointing to the lasting effects of an unkind word.
Once, riding in Baltimore,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.
Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me "nigger."
I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.
(by Countee Cullen)
A leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance
A presentation on Race, Law and the Constitution by Gloria J. Browne-
Analysis of Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union”
A panel discussion analysing The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect
Union", moderated by Jelani Cobb with editor T. Denean Sharpley-
ISSUES AND IDEAS
Relating to African Americans