Friday, January 22, 2010

If you're like me...

...and didn't know why Black History Month was consigned to February, here's a little insight...

Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) "launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history". Prior to that many black Americans were not being recognized for their valuable contributions to society and history.
Dr. Woodson chose the 2nd week in February as an homage to Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, not only because both their birthdays were in February but also because of their influence on African-American history. The week was later extended to the entire month of February.


Dr. Carter G Woodson
(Pic from Wikipedia)

There are innumerous African-Americans whom have all made considerable contributions to our history so I've decided why wait until February?

I did not know that William Potts should be thanked for the traffic light. This policeman from Detroit "rigged it from parts from three colors of railroad lights and some wire and switches". Later in 1923, Garrett Morgan was credited for it because he patented the invention and sold it to General Electric. (He also invented a hair-straightening prep & a respiratory protective hood, similar to a gas mask). He was also the 1st African-American in Cleveland to own an automobile.



Garrett Morgan 1877-1963
(Pic from Wikipedia)

As I learn more, I will share with you.
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmintro1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_G._Woodson

http://transportationhistory.suite101.com/article.cfm/who_invented_the_traffic_light

1 comment:

Ana said...

FINALLY! ..makes sense now
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