William Still helped guide slaves to freedom!

Well, if you’re knowledgeable, you know about the history of black

people in slavery. And yes enduring such painful experiences of slavery

can make anyone flee. Being a slave in itself makes people flee.

Well, this one African American man named William Still was one

of those who helped runwayss get to Freedom’s Land. He had to

smuggle them across the US border to Canada. Bounty hunters could

back then legally abduct former slaves living in the free northern states.

Yet under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for

fugitive slaves.

William Still put his life on the line to help runaway slaves make

it to  freedom in the years leading up to America’s Civil War. Still was the

director of a complex network of Abolitionists, sympathizers and safe

houses that went from Philadelphia to Southern Ontario. He spent 14 years

helping about 800 former slaves to escape. He even kept meticulous records

of the many escaped slaves who passed through the Philadelphia station.

When the Civil War was over, Still published secret notes he had kept in

diaries during those years. Even today,  there is some of the best evidence

we have of the workings of the Underground Railroad  documented. It tells how the

freedom seekers who used it, where they came from, how they escaped,

and the families they left behind.

Well, he is truly a man with a heart of gold.  I just had to share

this information about him. History means alot more because of him.

He is passionate and his story is savory.

http://underground-railroad.lunchbox.pbs.org/black-culture/shows/list/underground-railroad/home/

LaShay Harvey is an African American sexologist telling you about the African American sexual experience!

 

What’s one of the most pleasure experiences in life besides food?

Sex would be. Well, while I’m on the topic  I don’t know too many

black sexologists, or any at all. But they exist. It should be no surprise.

LaShay Harvey, a black  woman( known as a

sexologist) researches sexual agency, sexual freedom, and

sexual development in the African American community. She seeks to get

the entire picture of the African American sexual experience. SHe has a BA in

Communications from the University of Central Florida. LaShay coordinates a

research study at the Johns Hopkins University on pelvic inflammatory disease

in young girls and young Adult women. She has been invited to guest lecture

at various universities and organizations presenting to over 15,000 people.

Also she’s done over 1,300 presentations  completed on workshops dealing

with sexual pleasure and sexual identity development. She can help you

if you have any questions or are interested in booking! I know I have

my questions about sex. Don’t you?

http://www.lashayharvey.com/

 

The African Holistic Health Book tells you the natural way to treat illnesses and the acheivements of black people!

What are  two more important topics in the world besides money,

a car, a house, long hair, and a thin body?  Health and black History

ofcourse. They both influence the future. So it’s best to know them

both and know them well. The book talks about illnesses like :

arthritis, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, backache,

autism, bad breath, breast cancer, broken bones, cancer, etc. He lists

herbs to help with specific illnesses from A to Z. It talks about

the accomplishments of African Americans, how the eyes can

show signs of disease, how the oldest instrument in the world

is the AFRICAN harp. The African drum language was stolen by

Caucasians. It lets you know that black people hear, sing, and

play music at a higher level because of the melanin in the

inner ear bones and great bone density and the melaninated hair.

Because black people have a high melanin content we

can taste the full range of flavor of foods, can smell the

true aromas, and have the highest psyche ability. And ofcourse,

since us black people have a built ihigh amount of melanin ,

we are protected from the sun’s uv rays. Black people have

hair shaped like the galaxy. Our eyes are brown, due to melanin

content. White people have blue eyes, green, and gray eyes

because you can see their veins in the back of their eyes. It also

goes more into the history of the black way of life. It shows that

using European customs and ways of life has destroyed black

relationships. Well, these are just quick highlights of the book.

You get way more knowledge when you read it. It’s alot to know.

It’s alot to then show. It’s way more than I’ve said here.

It’s serious business and I have faith that it can change your life

for the better.

Credit to: The book African Holistic Health by Dr. Llaila O. Afrika

 

 

 

Clementine Hunter, an African AMerican woman so jazzy with her oil paints!!

 

Clementine Hunter, an African AMerican woman born 1886,

was a folk artist who use to spend time in the cotton fields.

Oh, what a blessing. She spent her time in the cotton fields.

Later on in life, she worked in the house, which gave her a chance to

try out her sewing skills. She would save up small, left over scraps

of material and turned that into fabulous quilts. The plantation owner

encouraged her to make quilts and baskets in her spare time.

She tried to try and mark a painting just like the artist. She

showed someone name Francois the picture she had painted during

the night. This was the first picture she showed to anyone besides

her family. Francois encouraged her to paint more. She then

began to paint on different items such as :paper bags, use bottles,

cardboard boxes, and iron pots. Francois made sure Clementine

always had a nice supply of oil paints because she could not pay

for them herself.

Pretty soon, she was able to sell her works and turn around

and get her own paints and a suitable canvas. In 1955, the Delgado

Museum in New Orleans gave an exhibition of her work.Francois

suggested that Clementine paint wood panels for the house.

She painted nine murals, showing different scenarios on the plantations.

Her work became popular with big city art galleries  and shown

at museums too. She sold alot of her paintings, most to friends

for small amounts of money. Eventually, she was able to get her

own trailer. The moral of the story is to work for what you want.

Someone around you can inspire you on what field or career

to go into. Well, she is just one of the many talents that

exists in Black History. Hunter lived to be a 101 years of age.

credited to: Great African AMericans in the Arts by Carlotta Hacker.

 

 

Martin Davis, a young African American designer for General Motors designs cars!

 

 

chrysler I’ve seen so many cars. I see my top three favorite cars most

often. So I decided to look up which cars are designed by

African Americans. I knew this would be a fun topic.

So listen, his is what  I found. Martin Davis, a

black man has led the exterior lighting and design studio

for the automaker’s North American division, the team responsible

for the exterior lighting for every brand under the General Motors

umbrella.

Davis knew he had a love for design and innovation since elementary

school. HE did not like the HOT wheels and lego sets. They just

did not keep his attention. He also did not like the toys in

toy stores, so this creative black youth made his own.

The Detroit area native collected empty cardboard boxes used to transport

fruits and veggies from the grocery store. He brung them home and just

started cutting. He molded shapes with glue, tape and constructions

paper.. Their was a small closet in the entryway of his parents house,

with enough room for a chair and his creations, interior designs for

a car that includes a dashboard and center console. He invited

his friends to test drive the car and come out with a new model

once a month.

His father thought kids playing with cardboard in their

closet was a safety concern. Thus he shut the operation down.

He still sent his sketches into Ford and was just in middle school.

He waited and thought nothing would come of his work. A

Ford employee sent his work to the design department. He

got a follow up letter from the design department with some

career advice and a list of schools. HE really really wanted

to attend the College for Creative Studies in detroit , michigan

out of the choices he had been sent.

He got the design managers attention and they took his

sketches and plastered them on a 20 foot wall in his studio

at GM. The auto company allowed him the opportunity to

travel to Birmingham, England to work at an advanced

design studio that mainly focused on Cadillacs.

Davis and his team were responsible for the exterior lighting

responsibilities for three well known programs- the GMC Acadia, Chevy

Traverse, and the Buick Enclave. And as you can see,

this is a process. He worked and worked to master

his craft. You must do one step before you can make

the other . There’s more to the story of the brilliant black man

in the car designing, here:

http://www.blackpressusa.com/black-designer-lights-up-gm/

 

 

 

 

Robert Smalls, the black slave who sailed his way to freedom!

 

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Do you the different ways black slaves escaped to freedom?

Do you know about Henry Box Brown, the black man who

mailed himself to freedom? Well, in order to survive, the

black slaves had to be clever, unique, innovative and creative.

They had to have a strong will and they sure did motivate

others to freedom. This reminds me of one particular

black slave named Robert Smalls.

Robert Smalls and a crew of fellow slaves were together

without the white captain and his two mates. Now, it\

was the right time to try something clever and daring.

They slipped a cotton steamer off the dock, picked up

some family members, then slowly navigated their

way through the harbor. Smalls, doubled as the captain

even donning the captain’s wide brimmed straw hat to

help cover up his face. He then responded with proper

coded signals at two Confederate checkpoints, which includes

Fort Sumter itself and other defense positions.

It was all clear. Smalls sailed into the open seas. Once

he was outside of Confederate waters, he had

raised a white flag and surrendered his  ship to the

blockading Union fleet. In under 4 hours, Robert Smalls,

a black male slave had commandeered a heavy army

Confederate ship and its 17 black passengers from

slavery to freedom.

Can we give a round of applause to Robert Smalls for

his take charge leadership skills? He is a true

hero.

Which Slave Sailed Himself to Freedom?

Black owned Hospitals

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I mean here in Michigan I see alot of White doctors.
I’m like, where are the black doctors. There is
surely a need for them. I would love to see
more black doctors, both dark and yellow in color.
It don’t make sense for everything to be so white.
Yes, whites have their roles,but I would like to
see more black people as doctors. Now, let’s move
on to black hospitals. Where are the black hospitals?
I surely don’t know of any in michigan. Here are
some black hospitals for your viewing:

Freedmen’s Hospital was founded 1862 in Washington
by the Medical Division of the Freedmen’s Bureau
to give the medical care to slaves. This hospital
was located on the grounds belonging to
Howard University and was the only Federally
funded health care facility for blacks in the
nation.

It’s still around Howard University Hospital,
one of only 3 traditional black hospitals
left around. The Freedmen’s Bureau
stayed around for 4 years. During that time
a movement was started that paved the way
for some ninety new Negro Hospitals.

Lincoln Hospital was established by Dr. Aaron
MCDuffie Moore in 1901 when he convinced
Washington Duke that a hospital would be a
more useful thing than Duke’s idea of
building a monument on the Trinity Campus
to Honor negroes who had fought for the
confederacy.

Provident Hospital and Training School for Nurses,
the first black owned and operated hospital
in America, was established in 1891 by
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. Provident provided
training for nursese and interns in Chicago.
Black patients were denied admission to
white hospitals. Therefore, black physicians
could not treat their patients.

In 1944, there were 125 black hospitals in America
catering to black patients. Of these 124 hospitals,
23 were fully approved by the American College
of Surgeons and three were provisionally approved.
these institutions were found in 23 states and the
District of Columbia.

Oh, and now that I think about it i saw a black
woman doctor in Deaborn Heights, Michigan. It was
refreshing and such a change.

Saint Agnes Hospital founded 1886 in Raleigh,
North Carolina on the grounds of St. Augustine’s College.
It had its share of handicaps. Despite that , it
was only well equipped hospital for blacks
between Washington And New Orleans. It served
North Carolina, adjacent Virginia and South Carolina.

http://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/blackhistorymonth/hospitals