Black History Month - A Celebration of America's Greatness

During Black History Month we should all celebrate the five Presidents of the United States whose ancestry shows that they had Black Ancestors. Barack Obama is the only Black President who physically looks Black, but there are four others who were of mixed ancestry. Let's celebrate the diversity in our culture.

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Zeyad says that Pres. Obama "physically looks black". I wonder if you would care to elaborate on what you consider "looks Black" means. Which physical parts of the President look Black, and which look Causcasian since the President has a Caucasian mother but an African father? This should be interesting.

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The article I read said he physically looks Black, but to answer your question. All races and ethnic groups have some physical features that are different than other groups. Italians and Germans have different features. On the other hand Fred and a Dagwood sandwichs are similar in appearance.

Did I miss the part of your answer where you explained which physical parts of the President look Black? It sure sounds racist to me.

Un huh If anyone had posted anything remotely like that he would jump shit out of his skull along with a couple other posters claiming all forms of charges and squawking like wet hens. Comon Chuck answer the inquiry unless you really think all black people look alike.

Is the original post an invitation to guess which four? Um, Coolidge? His predecessor Harding? Andy Jackson? How about Ben Harrison?

Patience is a great virtue.

Very good, Donwert, Jackson and Harding are on the list.

The original post is a fishing expedition to point out that some presidents came from the relationships between owner and slave. Zeyad wants to remind you that many slave holders had sex with their slaves. But in his post he doesn't make the claim he read an article that talked about Barack's features, he just posts it as his own. Only now he realizes how racist that might sound so he compares me to a sandwich. Doesn't matter, we see him for what he is now.

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I think Black History Month is insulting. What it says/implies is:

1. Blacks didn't contribute anything notable enough to American history to be included in our typical historical study media, so we have to single out and herald people and events whose importance would otherwise go unnoticed due to their unimportance.

2. Blacks have to be pampered with additional recognition because they just aren't as self-actualized or accomplished as Whites.

3. It's a way for rich White liberals to patronize the "helpless, downtrodden, unaccomplished" Blacks. It makes the liberals feel good about themselves.

As usual your conclusions are a pack of untruths. Black History month is a celebration because White America refused to acknowledge the great accomplishments of Black Americans in order to try to minimize them in society. Years ago some Blacks were beaten and murdered for accomplishing great deeds. Many other Black American's ideas were stolen by white Americans leaving the originators penniless. Black Americans created Black History Month and now people like you are still at the same old game. Just remember, every time you put that cell phone up to your ear a Black Man invented it. Every time you eat food that has to be refrigerated while being transported, a Black man invented it. Every time people play Xbox, remember a Black Man invented it. Every time you stop a traffic signal, remember a Black man invented it. I can go on and on, but I have a feeling your mentality won't change.

Growing up in the 1960s, I can't remember one African-American being noted in our history books, except for Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. And little was said about them. As a young child, my mother, who loved to read, would take me and my older brother to the main library in downtown Toledo every 4 weeks. We rode the bus, because she hadn't seen the need to get a driver's license. I got hooked on biographies, so I read about the struggles of Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, WEB Dubois, and others, by reading their life stories. I recognized the name Frederick Douglass, but I didn't really know his story until I read it on my own. Harriet Tubman was just a footnote until I read about her. I don't remember ever seeing Benjamin Banneker's name in a history book until I started teaching American History in the 1980s!
Until at least the late 1960s, the giant corporations who ran all the large book publishing companies would only produce American History books which were extremely Euro-centric. Even when I was teaching in the early 1980s, I went out of my way to purchase a book about south-Saharan African History so that I could better teach about the great African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, etc., which were briefly mentioned in more modern history textbooks. For example, Mansa Musa, who headed the Kingdom of Mali 1312-1337, was one of the wealthiest people in the history of the world, and, by some estimates was the wealthiest ever! His fortune today is estimated by some to be the equivalent of about $400 billion. When he took a large caravan through Egypt on his Hajj to Mecca, he gave away so much gold that the value of gold in that area was depressed for about the next century.
I strongly suggest that those who are ignorant of the contributions and achievements of Africans and Asians, and African-Americans and Asian-Americans, actually read about them and/or take a university course or two. Please don't continue to see the world only through your Euro-centric tunnel vision. My favorite novel of all time is 'To Kill A Mockingbird." I first read it shortly after it was published in 1960. I was a young teenager at the time. While it is a piece of fiction, it parallels the types of real life experiences which led so many African-American males into prisons, and/or a hangman's or vigilante's noose, throughout the South well into the 20th Century.

I'm not questioning your claims about Black inventors, etc., but could you provide the names for the people you generically list in your post? It might be good Black History Month information. I have friends in Italy who have always claimed that Italians invented refrigerated transportation.

I'm not sure about moving radishes and such around but Al Gore, a democrat, invented the internet. He said so.

Frederick Mckinley Jones, an African American, is credited for inventing modern refrigerated transportation. He was given an award for his invention. Henry T. Sampson, also an African American, developed cell phone technology.

do the necessary research to actually "checktherecord". A much better handle for him is, "checktheopinion." And, most often, it is an unsubstantiated opinion at that!

Still waiting for which physical parts of the President look Black. You shouldn't put out information if you can't back-it-up.

So, c'mon, Zeyad, who are the Fab Four, and don't tell us you used Google as a crutch to identify them. By the way, did you ever stop to think that, given the posthumous revelations about him, Strom Thurmond, in a unique way, could have done a lot as president to improve race relations?

Patience is a great virtue.

Actually, I have to apologize for my inaccurate post. There are seven Presidents before Barack Obama who have Black Ancestors. In addition, John Hanson was the first President of the United States, but was removed because the United States weren't going to accept a President they knew had Black ancestors. To see the list of the Presidents click on the link below:

http://fookembug.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/the-seven-black-presidents-bef...

Zeyad, the Hanson tale has been disproven. Like many of his buddies at the time, he was a white slave-owner. Since we are midway through BHM, it would be nice if revisionists gave up their story that Rosa Parks' bus-seat episode was a "spontaneous" act of defiance. Children today are not being taught that the incident was a calculated move to draw national attention to humiliating segregation laws. Parks, who was a member of her local NAACP at the time, was selected to do the deed because she was female, was light-skinned and was middle-aged (42 at the time). Who better to appeal to the better instincts of the Caucasian majority, especially in the North? It's a disservice to mid-century civil rights fighters to suggest that they needed a spontaneous act to galvanize a movement and lacked the political skill to plan and carry out a society-changing act of civil disobedience. Whew, that was long-winded.

Patience is a great virtue.

I'm glad you provided us some good information. What this shows that history is somewhat of a mystery. Unless we were actually there none of us really know the complete truth. As far as Rosa Parks is concerned, I have investigated multiple sources about Rosa Parks and I believe the bus incident was indeed the intentional idea of Thurgood Marshall and others at the NAAP. Just like the Boston Tea Party got the attention of the British, the Bus incident got the attention of the Nation. Many people believe that the Bus Incident was the beginning of the modern Civil Rights movement. It was the the murder of Emitt Till that greatly accellerated the Movement. This type of behavior has not disappeared. The trial in Florida where a seventeen year old boy was shot and killed for playing music too loud is an example of the mentality that's still out there.

After reading the post from ZC about former Presidents and their Black ancestors I became curious about Black culture and artists. I find I like a lot of them, some old like Ellington, Basie, Ella; others new like Wonder, Drake, James Brown; and then the current crop of stars like Kanye and my new favorite Nicki Minaj. Her new single is really cutting edge and not for everyone but it lyrically is amazing. Here's a link http://bit.ly/1dMjlrV Let me know what you think.

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Remember that the star witness in the Trayvon Martin case informed us that "nigga" was not racist. Heck, Nicki wouldn't use it if it were.

Cleveland authorities have made several arrests following the mob beating of a disabled Army veteran by a group of teenagers.

Last Friday, the victim, Matthew Robinson, was surrounded by between six and eight teenagers while riding the RTA Healthline. Robinson told WOIO that he was attacked by the teens, then robbed of his possessions.

During the attack, the teens made several derogatory remarks about Robinson.

“What they were saying was, ‘Knock that boy out!’ ‘White boy.’ ‘Cracker,’” he was quoted as saying about the incident. “They were saying, ‘Knock that white boy out.’”

This week, three suspects – Kenneth Matthews, Ronald Reid Williams and an unnamed 16-year-old girl – were arrested by Cleveland and RTA police. The latter filmed the attack with her cell phone, and was said to still have the video at the time of her apprehension.

Despite the arrests, concern remains as other attacks of a similar nature have happened in the area, most of which are said to have been perpetrated by other young culprits, according to WOIO.

Added Robinson of the danger, “Your mother or sister could be on the bus, and the same thing could happen to them.”

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Otis Boykin 1920 - 1982

Inventor: Guided Missle Control System
IBM Computer
Pacemaker
Many Other Electronic Devices

Thanks for the history lesson, Zeyad. Just checked Boykin's bio. He indeed had a major role in the Pacemaker. He also died of heart failure. Ain't that a bitch?

Patience is a great virtue.

Also, Dr. Charles Drew created the methods to use blood plasma to save lives and he bled to death as a result of injuries he received in a car accident, because medical personel would not administer medical treatment to African Americans.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams - An African American Physician who performed the first successful open heart surgery.

changed here, I see! To answer this question "Still waiting for which physical parts of the President look Black. You shouldn't put out information if you can't back-it-up.":*** Full, broad nose, large, full lips, more melatonin in the skin and kinky hair. NOT HARD TO FIGURE OUT. President Obama has the features of a light skinned black man. A beautiful black man!

Hate to burst any bubbles but Mr/Pres. Obama is a beautiful bi-racial man. His Mom is/was Caucasian, his father African. It's a mixing of the races. Nothing wrong with it to be sure, I love it, but he's not a black man. You need to get past color. How do you like the new Nikki Minaj song? I like the beat but the lyrics are killing me.

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Your post doesn't follow the government defintion of Black. If a person is 10% or more Black, they are Black. It's interesting how us Euro' s will backslide to support our racist agenda. Anything to try to minimize people of African decent is alive and well.

So weird, cause here's what the U.S. Census says about race- "White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as "White" or report entries such as Irish, German, Scottish, Italian, Lebanese, Near Easterner, Arab, or Polish.[16]
"Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. It includes people who indicate their race as 'Black, African Am.' or provide written entries such as Kenyan, Nigerian, or Haitian."[16]
Obama should be using this category-"Two or more races. People may have chosen to provide two or more races either by checking two or more race response check boxes, by providing multiple write-in responses, or by some combination of check boxes and write-in responses."[16]

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For Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Phillis Wheatly - African American Poet 1753 - 1784. Her work was believed to be plagiarized, so she was given an oral examination to test her knowledge and literacy because it was believed that an African American was incapable of writing poetry. Among the group of examiners was John Hancock, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence. Phillis Wheatly was the first African American to publish a book.

According to Zeyad- "Your post doesn't follow the government defintion of Black. If a person is 10% or more Black, they are Black. It's interesting how us Euro' s will backslide to support our racist agenda. Anything to try to minimize people of African decent is alive and well. " By this thinking the other Presidents you claim have Black heritage are actually the first Black Presidents, not Barack. Of course in your world the explanation will be that the white race didn't want to acknowledge the Black heritage. But I thought it was interesting to point out your hypocrisy.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

There is no hypocrisy on my part. I'm just saying what the government definition is. If we go by your definition, most Black people born in this country are White.

Wednesday, February 18, 2014 African American Tribute

Dr. Patricia E. Bath

Dr. Patricia. E. Bath (1949–) invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see.

Fast Fact: Dr. Bath has been nominated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Center for Women's Business Research

Every one loves the idea of working for them selves, running their own company, having workers under them, calling the shots and managing assets. Statistics show that African American women love the idea, According to a recent study from the Center for Women's Business Research, African American women launch businesses at a rate four times the national average, and they own everything from beauty shops and restaurants to boutiques, consulting firms, radio stations, advertising agencies and health spas.
African American women's interest in entrepreneurship has always had greater results than of women of other races. When you think of African American women managers think of Madam C.J. Walker, Cathy Hughes, Suzanne de Passe, Queen Latifah, Tracey Edmonds, Kimora Lee Simmons and Oprah. As of 2004, African-American women owned an estimated 415,000 firms. These businesses employ nearly 254,000 people and generate a total of $19.5 billion annually.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 African American Tribute

Toni Morrison - Pulitzer Prize & Nobel Prize Winning Writer, Editor and Professor

Born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. Morrison has won nearly every book prize possible. She has also been awarded honorary degrees.

Friday, February 21, 2014 African American Tribute

James Baldwin - 20th Century Writer

James Baldwin was an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer with works like The Fire Next Time and Another Country.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 African American Tribute

Colin Powell

Colin Luther Powell (/ˈkoʊlɨn/; born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army.[1] He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position.[2][3][4][5] During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was the first of two consecutive African American office-holders to hold the key Administration position of U.S. Secretary of State.

Monday, February 24, 2014 African American Tribute

Shirley Chisholm:

Shirley Chisholm made history in 1968 when she was the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress from New York. She topped that feat by running for president in 1972.

Read more: http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-most-famous-african-american-politicians.ht...

in Toledo. I think it was around 1973 or 1974. I recall that we went there with our friend from the Lucas County Young Democrats, Lise, (Yes. That's how she spelled it.), Ashley, Lud Ashley's daughter from his first marriage. Ms. Chisholm was speaking at a meeting of the Black Elected Democrats of Ohio. Somewhere, in one of our old-fashioned picture albums, I think we have a picture we took with her.
I don't remember the specifics of Ms. Chisholm's speech. She covered important topics of the day having to do with equal rights, and beyond. I do remember being impressed with the depth of her knowledge about the topics of her speech, and by her expansive vocabulary. Her thoughts flowed fluidly from her lips, despite a pronounced lisp with which she spoke. IMHO, Shirley Chisholm would have been an excellent POTUS. America just wasn't ready.

Ah, 1972. Joining other campaign volunteers in going door-to-door to hand out McGovern literature on a variety of issues at the time. How wonderfully naive we were to think America really would elect a man who would get us out of Vietnam. That's no knock on Rep. Chisholm, of course. On another note, wouldn't it be nice if Chris installed software that would automatically move a thread up to the top as new comments are made, similar to how ToledoTalk works? It's a shame Zeyad's thread is so far down the ladder.

Patience is a great virtue.

Damn shame, even sadder that he didn't start Black history month posts until the 12th. I hope he catches up before the month is over, maybe double posts some days. Include some local people like Jan Scotland, Michigan's Stacy Swimp, Jack Ford etc etc

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Sadder yet is some people's focus on slamming African Americans with all negatives.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 African American Tribute.

Twyla Page - Local Activist and Caring Heart. Ms. Page has helped numerous children find a better life in the Toledo area. Bravely she has presented the truth about injustice to everyone regardless of their beliefs and convictions. With her energetic style she has exposed many unjust people in the Toledo Area..

thas what i'm talkin' bout

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 African American Tribute

Jim Jackson

Jim Jackson was a professional basketball player. During his 14-year career, Jackson played with more than 10 NBA teams, including the LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Houston Rockets.

Jackson played three seasons at Ohio State University before entering the NBA draft. Jackson’s number, 22, was retired by OSU in 2001. Jackson is currently a successful businessman and an analyst for the "Big Ten Network."

my man! loved the downtown restaurant, detailing shop, and steam plant. You know you've made it when you live in Stone Oak. Sounds like the name of the big house on a plantation down South doesn't it? I know there's a Shady Oaks, Oak Grove, and White Oaks.

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I was very shocked to read your post. More to come!

Thursday, February 27, 2014 African American Tribute.

Patricia Harris - African-American Woman Ambassador

Patricia Roberts Harris was the first African American Woman in U.S. history to hold the rank of ambassador when she was appointed as appointed Ambassador to Luxembourg on June 4, 1965, and presented her credentials on September 7. She served until September 22, 1967.

Friday, February 28, 2014 African American Tribute

Clyde Tisdale - Community Leader

For decades Mr. Tisdale dedicated his life to the betterment of the lives of children in the Toledo area. He organized after school programs in sports and social programs to teach chidren the principles of team work and giving respect to others. He spent many years with the YMCA providing inner city children with organized sports and project teams which were unavailable to many African American Children in Toledo. He helped transform hundreds of children to become responsible adults in our Toledo culture, some becoming educators, scientists, lawyers, doctors, super athelets, engineers, coaches, successful businessmen, policemen, firemen, and most of all good citizens.

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