Black History: Phillis Wheaty

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(May, 8th 1753 – December 5th, 1784)

‘Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land, taught my benighted soul to understand, that there’s a God, that there’s a savior too: once i redemption neither sought nor knew. Some view our sable race with scornful eye, “Their color is a diabolic dye.” Remember, christians, negroes, black as cain, may be refin’d, and join angelic train.’

 

Many may not know her name, but we are all spectators of her influential work. Phillis Wheatley was both, the second African American published poet, and the first African American woman to be published. Born in Senegambia, Wheatley was kidnapped and sold into slavery at age 8. She was purchased by John Wheatley to be a personal servant to his wife, Susana.

The Wheatley’s educated Phillis, and took notice of how rapidly she learned. It wasn’t long before Phillis mastered Latin and greek, and began to write poetry. She published her first poem at the age of 12, and her first volume of poetry, ‘Poems on various subjects, religions and morals.’ Susana Wheatley helped finance publishing for the book; in which seventeen men had to write forwards for, having to prove that Phillis’ work was original.

Going on, she was unsuccessful in finding a publisher for a second volume of poetry, but continued her writing and support for America’s independence.

Phillis Wheatley, we thank you for your words, and your intelligence.

Black History: ‘I Have A Dream speech’

Watch one of the most influential speeches ever given, by one of the most influential man to ever live, in its entirety.

We Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, for his resilience and powerful heart, in the face of the many trials and tribulations that affected African Americans.

Pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King, we thank you.

Black History: Tupac Speaks

Watch as a young Tupac Shakur speaks on Social inequality, and the hardships of the inner-city.

The lyrical powerhouse often reflected social injustice and the hardships of the inner-city in his songs. Before his untimely death, and before the fame, Tupac (2pac) was already just as aware at the age of 17. Listen to what he has to say as we celebrate our Black History Month.

Does what he speak on, still hold true today?

Black History: George Washington Carver

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How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.  George Washington Carver

January 1864 –  January 5th 1943 (79)

It is hard to imagine anyone who was called a former slave, to also have American scientist, educator, and humanitarian attached to his name, but then again, not everyone is George Washington Carver. Born into slavery in Missouri, Carver was a sickly child. He was orphaned at a young age, and brought up by Moses and Susan Carver; on their farm. ‘From Slave to student’ some describes George, as he was the first black student at Simpson College. He later transferred to IOWA Agricultural college to study Science. Carver Earned is Bachelors in 1894 and his Masters in 1896, he went on to become the first black faculty member at that college.

In his life, Carver developed hundreds of different ways that peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans, and soybeans could be used in farming and in households. His discoveries greatly improved the agricultural output and health of southern farmers. Before his discoveries, the only main crop in the South was cotton. Later in his life, George taught under the direction of Booker T. Washington for over 47 years, at what is now called Tuskegee University. Described as a man who never sought out for fame and fortune, inscribed on Carvers Tombstone is the epitaph “… He found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.”

  George Washington Carver, You are recognized for your selflessness, and your kind spirit. We thank you for your Genius and sharing your inventions with the world. 

 

 

Justinjwrites.com Celebrates Black History Month.

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“My Black History cannot be limited to just a month,” Seems like the new saying once February arrives every year. There has been a surge  of those who feel the need to down play the annual historic occasion and label it as a ‘Race issue.’ I use to be one of those same very people. The type that focuses on such a negative view at a time where we should  be celebrating historical figures that impacted the world with their contributions. Having Black History Month is not ‘The White mans’ way of limiting recognition to our history makers, even if it was, is it not our responsibility to keep such legacies alive? Is it not our responsibility to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of those who have helped the progress of our people?

Black History Month is our reminder. Let us be reminded of the brave faces who looked adversity in the eyes and overcame. Let us be reminded to continue to celebrate our people. Let us be reminded that we too can change the world, with our, inventions, our words, our acts of selflessness, our intelligence, and our actions.

So yes, Black history is American history, but the month of February is not a bind that holds our celebratory stature to just 28 days. But it is our reminder of how far we have come, and how much further we can go.

Join Justinjwrites.com in celebrating our Black History month. Visit daily as notable African-Americans are highlighted and recognized for their contributions to the advancement of our people.

Live in the Now

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Living in the now is a difficult practice. We create a world where the “What If’s,” and mocked up fantasies help us cope with what reality actually is.  In order to accept reality, we must live in the now.  Creating who we want to become in life, differs from creating our own escapism reality.  When we start to create our own reality, nobody else lives in it. Facts and opinions are bias and one sided. Experiences always victimize us or glamorize us, and life is always centered on us. Creating who we want to become in life means, we acknowledge and understand our environment and the issues that we face, yet we also know that the future we imagine for ourselves can become the reality that is.  When we begin to live in our own reality, we close our minds to change, we are always right, and we do not…

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Claim Your Individuality

Be Original. 
  We are living in a time where it has become easier to become seduced by the glitz and glamor of certain lifestyles. We become consumed in the hype of certain mediums, allowing our bodies to become a vessel to represent who we are not. Have you ever stopped moving and asked yourself the question “who am I?”  We often lose our originality, our individuality, because we allow what is placed in front of us to dictate who we are. We lose ourselves in music and different forms of entertainment, forgetting the part that entertainment is simply here to entertain us. We can relate to some forms of entertainment that speaks to us, and tells stories parallel to our stories. We are inspired by entertainment, and look for better days like those who are inspiring and entertaining us. We forget that the source of our entertainment has had to walk a different journey. The inspiration and relatable factor should only serve as a foundation, while we determine our own design in life. The only way our design in life can be completed and not become a duplicate, is if we keep our individualities.
Be original.
    Often we lose our individualities in the mist of growing. We are pulled in so many directions, still determining what makes us who we are. Changing is growth, but who are we changing into? Are we changing into who we want to be, or who we are trying to emulate?
Be original.
Some of us change without even acknowledging our growth. We do not stop to learn who we are becoming. We lose our originality in the people we surround ourselves with, not knowing if they should or should not be in our lives. We cannot determine  who our surrounding is until we know why we are allowing certain individuals to surround us. We have to get to know who we are by separating ourselves from the entertainment mediums that is constantly placed in front of us.
Be original.
   The people we surround ourselves with eventually will show us who we are.  If I were to pick a circle of five people I surround myself with I would learn about myself that  I am  Compassionate, hardworking, helpful, understanding, and creative. What can you learn about yourself from the people you surround yourself with? Do you believe those traits accurately describe who you are?
Claim your individuality by staying true to who you are. By not allowing your circumstances, you environment to change who you are. But letting  the Change in you be from wanting to discover the  best version of yourself.
Be original
Grow, change, find yourself, but keep your originality. We must be honest with ourselves. We must accept ourselves. If we have to make excuses about who we are, we must stop moving and ask ourselves “who am I?” Originality is freedom. Being original is Claiming your individuality. Once we make the decision to Claim who we are, we  begin to live, and when we do; we start to live positive.