Black History - Can You Name More Than 5 ?

Greetings Family,(Contact Information At The Bottom Of The Page)It's your friendly neighborhood "Digital Drummer" again...smileHow sad it is that every year during Black History Month we hear the same old names. Year after year, the educational, social and now corporate establishment promote the same five figures in Black history; Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Benjamin Banneker. But what about the prominent brothers and sisters that are still walking among us???Why must we wait till they are in the grave to honor and commemorate the contributions of Blacks, who have helped to make this society the greatest on earth. I know…I know…Blacks in America have no culture of their own ...... That's A Lie!!!We are the originators and innovators of the best of American culture. Chose a field, medicine, entertainment, technology, fashion, or any other field and you will find a Black name at the top of the list of inventors or contributors. So I ask you again, why we do not hear their names during this time of year?How many of our music crazed youth know that Harry Bellefonte was the first recording artist to ever sell a million records (that's right Ever). Can anyone name the Black engineer at NASA that wrote the original software that later evolved into the 3D graphics that make video games so life like?Colin Powell may not have been the first Black general but he has left an undeniable mark on our military and government that cannot be ignored. We complain about a lack of Black leadership but how many know that the head of AOL/Time Warner is a black man. Oh, lets not start talking about leaders like Min. Louis Farrakhan or Rev. Fred KC Price and their ongoing effect on the practice of religion in America.So I ask you ...... How many living Black Legends can you name? How many prominent Black women can you point out to your daughter as an example of Black history in the making? How many day to day products, do your children use without thinking that a Black hand had a major part in its creation?I Challenge This Group To Name More Then Five .......***************(Advertisement)*********************Need some great ideas for corporate or personal gift-giving?Then go to City Lights Software(http://www.citylightssoftware.com)and see some of the most unique afrocentric gifts available online!We Deliver ONLINE - Direct To Your Desktop for just $14.95Please take the time to purchase one our afrocentric screen savers TODAY!Don't Just Talk the Talk...Let Your Dollars Walk the WalkIf you have any problems with purchasing online contact me direct at sales@citylightssoftware.com or call (213) 944-4176***************************************************This Online Journal was brought to you by InterServe Networks. Feel Free To Forward To Your Network Of Online FriendsWe Practice Responsible E-Commerce Marketing and Privacy Policies. We do not indulge in or encourage Spamming. We never send unsolicited emails. You are receiving this message as part of our opt-in subscriber mailing list or you are a member of an affiliated newsgroup.For comments or suggestions please contact us at the following;Jim Neusom (jneusom@yahoo.com)Executive Director/PublisherInterServe Networks/City Lights Software, Inc.www.citylightssoftware.comwww.myspace.com/jimneusomwww.myspace.com/freshfaces2uTo subscribe to our opt-in mailing list simply send an email to; The_City_Lights_Reporter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com( on Myspace go to http://blog.myspace.com/jimneusom)

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  • Chicago-Midwest
    David E. Burnett: President and CEO of NanoSEC nano science engineering corporation

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. University Professor at Harvard University

    John Hamilton McWhorter V (1965– ) is an American linguist and political commentator. He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations. His linguistic specialty is creole and the process through which it forms.

    Anthony Butts was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He has earned a B.A. in English from Wayne State University, his M.A. and M.F.A. from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

    Ishmael Scott Reed (born 22 February 1938) is an American poet, essayist, and novelist. Reed is a well known African-American writer of his generation, and along with Amiri Baraka, is controversial. His work consistently satirizes the American political culture, highlighting domestic, political and cultural oppression.

    Rayfield Waller
    School: Wayne County Community College
    Location: Detroit, MI
    Department: Writing

    Yusef Komunyakaa (born April 29, 1947) is an American poet who currently teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems[1], the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, also for Neon Vernacular, and the 2001 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

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    I think that should be a good start
  • South
    Why don't we all start community centers that teache civics, economics and African American history.
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