OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY…IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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While surfing the news this morning on Yahoo, I came across this fascinating article about Hattie McDaniel and her career as an Oscar Award winning movie star. A favor had to be called in for her to be allowed to enter the “whites only” hotel and club where the Oscar Ceremony was being held that would go down in history because of her historic win.

As some sit tomorrow night and watch the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night, which by the way has been highly scrutinized this year for its absence of nominations of people of color, I hope that Ms. McDaniel’s achievements and dignity will help to shore up the belief especially in our young people that anything can be achieved.

I also hope that all of those in attendance who are there because they stand upon her shoulders and the shoulders of other pioneering Black actors will glance upwards for a brief moment in homage and thanksgiving to the spirit of a woman whose testimonial wish to be buried in what is now the Hollywood Forever Cemetery was denied because of its strict “whites only” policy.

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY….IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Frederick McKinley Jones (1982-1961) was the first man to invent a practical refrigeration system for trucks and railroad cars. He received the patent on July 12, 1940. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, his formal education ended in the sixth grade, but by 1930 his self-teaching was so effective that he was manufacturing movie sound equipment. The development of the refrigerating device marked a new direction for his efforts, and its success revolutionized the transportation and marketing of fresh foods. In 1991, he was the first black to receive the National Medal of Technology (posthumously).

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY….IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

1837-JAMES MCCUNE SMITH (1811-65) was the first black to obtain an M.D. He studied in the African Free School in New York City, where he was so gifted a student that when Lafayette visited the United States in 1824, the young Smith delivered the welcome address. Unable to pursue his education in the United States, Smith studied at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and medical degrees. He was a very successful physician in New York, with a busy practice and two drug stores. He was also an avid abolitionist.

Sources: Dictionary of Black Culture, P. 410; Garrett, Famous First Facts About Negroes, P.111; Morais, The History of the Negro in Medicine, P. 31 

 

Black Firsts, 2,00 Years of Extraordinary Achievement, Gale Research Incorporated. 

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY: THANK YOU CHARLIE SIFFORD SR….R.I.P.!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/golf-pioneer-sifford-dies-at-92/ar-AA8XrHi?ocid=ansSportsXchange11&adlt=strict

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/charlie-sifford-strong-willed-golfer-who-broke-down-racial-barriers-dies-at-92/2015/02/04/4a476aac-ac7e-11e4-9c91-e9d2f9fde644_story.html

These links offer a glimpse into the life of Charlie Sifford Sr., the first African-American PGA Professional, who recently passed away.

If you get an opportunity, read his biography entitled “Just Let Me Play: The Story of Charlie Sifford, the First Black PGA Golfer.”

I have had the pleasure of being in the company of Mr. Sifford.

Thank you Sir for your courage and pioneering spirit to integrate a game that I love so much and now enjoy regularly in venues that I would not have been allowed to play in but for your contributions to blazing the trail.

R.I.P. Mr. Sifford!

Thank You So Much!

C. Randolph Keller

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“IN DAILY LIFE WE MUST SEE THAT IT IS NOT HAPPINESS THAT MAKES US GRATEFUL, BUT GRATEFULNESS THAT MAKES US HAPPY.”

INSTAGRAM-THE GOODQUOTE

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“YOUR SUCCESS IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO THE NUMBER OF LIVES YOU HAVE TOUCHED FOR THE BETTER.”

V. CHAVAN

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“IT’S HARD TO STOP SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHERE THEY ARE GOING.”

Unknown

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