Black History Month

It’s Black History Month in the US. There a variety of ways to learn available on the internet. It’s a matter of decided what one wants to learn and diligently setting aside the time to do so.  One of my interests is photography. I came across a blog post listing 7 Black Photographers to follow. If you follow photographers, or just like photography, I recommend that you check it out.

Another option to study is to type in black history month on twitter and see what you can find out. There is a lot of information that I didn’t know, about various writers, scientists, inventors, etc. The US has exploded with racial inequality in the past two years.  Learning is a way to acceptance.

For example:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT:  In 1897, Alfred Cralle invented the Ice Cream Scooper and received Patent # 576,395 for the ice cream mold.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT: Fanny Jackson Coppin was the country’s first female African-American principal, and was also the first African American superintendent of a school district.

Are either of those earth shaking or ground breaking? No. But both are worth celebrating.
One of my favorite poets is the incomparable Maya Angelou, who was also a civil rights activist.
She said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Words of wisdom for all of us to live by. Take some time today, and learn about someone new. Influential African Americans who made great contributions to our country go beyond Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey and Martin Luther King.
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