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Black Mail Fast Fact: 1st African American Museum In The U.S.

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In 1868, the College Museum was founded at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) by Samuel Chapman Armstrong (1839 – 1892). It is the oldest African American Museum in the U.S. Now known as the Hampton University Museum, it is still in operation on Hampton’s campus.

Armstrong was a white Union army general who commanded U.S. Colored Troops. Armstrong believed that education and training were essential to newly freed slaves. Armstrong worked worked with the Freedman’s Bureau and founded Hampton Normal Institute in 1868. One of his most famous pupils was Booker T. Washington. Washington greatly admired Armstrong and his approach to education. It was upon Armstrong’s recommendation that he was appointed to lead Tuskegee Institute. Washington patterned much of Tuskegee’s educational programming after Hampton Institute.

For more information on the museum, check out their website:

http://museum.hamptonu.edu

Sources:

http://museum.hamptonu.edu

http://www.hamptonu.edu/about/armstrong.cfm

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Jeffrey Nash: Inventor of The Juppy Baby Walker

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African American inventor, Jeffrey Nash was inspired to invent the Juppy Baby Walker at the age of 56.  Nash had a long career in sales of various products. A gifted salesman, he made millions for his employers and in doing so, always thought about how he could also achieve greater independence and financial freedom for himself.

Nash’s opportunity came in 2008.  While at his granddaughters soccer game, he saw a woman teaching her child how to walk.  In particular, he noticed that the young mother was hunched over and seemed to be uncomfortable.  He also noticed that in trying to help the child walk; the mother was pulling on the child’s arms which could have resulted in injury to the child.  These observations served as a catalyst for the invention of the Juppy Baby Walker.  Upon returning home to Las Vegas after the soccer game, Nash immediately began to work on developing a prototype design of what would become, the Juppy Baby Walker. After 4 attempts, Nash completed the final product design.

 

At same time, he was launching his new product, the economy was also doing very poorly.  Nash was notified by his employer that his pay was being cut, due to the economic downturn.  He took this as a sign that it was time for him launch his own business and that’s exactly what he did.  He began testing his new invention on the children of customers in the retail store where he was working.  Based on their feedback he further refined the product design.  He then hired a patent attorney and secured a manufacturing company to begin production.  Nash took 3 weeks off from work and began marketing the product in Nevada and California.  After 3 weeks, he had sold $12,000 worth of product. Encouraged by the positive response, Nash emptied his 401k, sold his home and car in order to invest in his business.  He has since become a successful entrepreneur.  Nash received his patent for the Jumpy Baby Walker in 2015.   He is still working hard to grow the business.  His product is currently available at major retailers such as Walmart, Sears, and Amazon, etc.

Check out his website for more info:  https://www.thejuppy.com/

Another interesting fact about Jeffrey Nash is that his daughter is married to actor Forrest Whittaker.  In launching his company he has not sought endorsement or financial investment in the product from the couple.  He feels the product is strong enough to be successful without celebrity endorsement.

Keisha whittaker
Keisha Whitaker & Forest Whitaker

Sources:

https://www.thejuppy.com/

http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/29/smallbusiness/baby-walker/index.htm

 

 

 

Black Mail Fast Fact: The First Woman Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Aretha Franklin (1942 – ) was THE FIRST woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame! Her iconic sound remains timeless!!

ALL HAIL: THE QUEEN OF SOUL!!

Patrick H. Raymond: 1st African American Fire Chief In The U.S.

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Patrick H. Raymond (1831 – 1892) was born in Philadelphia, PA.  He was the son of Rev. John Raymond and Susan Raymond.  His father was from Virginia and was formerly enslaved until he ran away.  His father was also a well known abolitionist in New York City and pastored the African Meeting House in Boston.  Around 1847, the family relocated to Cambridge, MA where they resided in the “Lower Port” which was considered one of the first African American neighborhoods in that area.  Patrick Raymond worked as a shoe maker and then became a journalist working for the Boston Herald and the Boston Advertiser. Ray and his siblings were very fair skinned and could pass for white.  He and his brother joined the Navy in 1862 to service in the Civil War.  Continue reading “Patrick H. Raymond: 1st African American Fire Chief In The U.S.”

Oppressor Approved Protests?

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No true protest has ever been oppressor approved” -Enid Gaddis

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Carole Simpson: Trailblazing African American Journalist

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Carole Simpson (1940 – ) is an award winning pioneer in the field of broadcast journalism. As an African American female journalist, she has achieved many “firsts” in the field.

Simpson was born in Chicago, IL in 1940. She excelled in school was encouraged to go into teaching because of the lack of opportunities available to women and people of color in the field of journalism.

Simpson attended the University of Illinois and then transferred to the University of Michigan where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1962. She was the only African American journalism major in her graduating class. Her first job after college was working at Tuskegee University as a journalism instructor as well director of the university’s information department.

She began her broadcast career at WWTW, a public access station in Chicago. Simpson would go on to achieve several “firsts” throughout her 40 year career in journalism:

  • Simpson became the first woman to broadcast radio news in Chicago in 1965
  • She was also the first African American woman to anchor a major television network evening newscast when she joined NBC Nightly News in 1970
  • Simpson was also the first woman or minority to be the sole moderator of a presidential debate in 1992.

Simpson ended her broadcast career in 2003 but continued to work for ABC as an ambassador, traveling on behalf of the network visiting schools to educate students on the changing media landscape. She officially retired in 2006.

Throughout her career she experienced, racism sexism; still she persevered and continued to excel.   In 2007, Simpson joined Emerson College, in Boston, MA as a journalism instructor and leader in residence.

Simpson married James Marshall in 1965.  They have one daughter, Dr. Mallika Joy Marshall and one son, Adam Marshall.

Sources:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/journalism-and-publishing-biographies/carole-simpson

http://www.diversityjournal.com/10122-news-lady-the-carole-simpson-story/

http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/carole-simpson-legacy-journalism/

Racist History Of The National Anthem

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Time to educate ourselves on the racist history of the national anthem. The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote the song shortly after being in a battle with the British Colonial Marines. The Colonial Marines were a group of enslaved black soldiers who were promised their freedom in exchange for being in the British Army. Key was apparently a little salty about the encounter even though his troops won. Key was pro slavery and thus, probably was none to happy about engaging in combat with blacks whom he thought were inferior.

Sources:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/amp/oped-colin-kaepernick-racist-history-our-national-anthem-n642636

http://www.theroot.com/star-spangled-bigotry-the-hidden-racist-history-of-the-1790855893

When The “Public” You Collides With The “Private” You….

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A powerful quote from our Black Mail founder, Enid Gaddis.

Something for my sisters to ponder……..

“When the public you collides with the private you……. My dear sister, whatcha gonna do?”

Stop hiding behind true lies.

Watcha gonna do when your sleeping giants rise?

The cape is ripped.

Your wings are clipped.

That shiny halo was just a disguise.

Whatcha gonna do when you sleeping giants rise.

Enid Gaddis ©2017 All rights reserved.

We must not “lose” or “loose” ourselves to be anything less or more than who we actually are. Sometimes, being your authentic self is a radical and defiant response to the demands that society and individuals will place upon you.

Remember you are wonderful. But you are not Wonder Woman. So excel at being your own brand of wonderful.

You are beautiful, but not Beyonce beautiful. Excel at being your own brand of beautiful.

Revel in, and relish your own complicated, complex, imperfect, got-it-going-on, one-of-kind, phenomenal self!

-Enid Gaddis, Black Mail

Dorothy Height Drops Wisdom

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“If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.”

-Dorothy Height

This quote powerfully speaks to the life and legacy of Dorothy Height.

Dorothy Height (1921-2010) was a commanding leader of the civil rights movement. She was a strong advocate for women’s right; particularly African American women. She is perhaps best known for her leadership of The National Council of Negro Women. She led this organization for 40 years. Height is also known for her work with “Wednesdays In Mississippi” which created opportunities for black and white women from the north and south to increase dialog and collaboration. Height also was employed by the the YWCA and was instrumental in helping the organization’s integration efforts.

Born in Richmond, VA, Height was raised in Rankin, PA. She received a $1,000 scholarship from The Elks, an African American social and benevolent organization, which helped her pursue a college education in the field of social work. Height was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and served as its national president from 1947-1956.

Height never married and had no children. She died at the age of 98.

Sources:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/social-sciences-and-law/social-reformers/dorothy-i-height

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/height-dorothy-irene-1912

https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/local/la-me-dorothy-height-20100420-story,amp.html

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