When you buy a carton of almond milk, think back to George Washington Carver who discovered, and created milk made with peanuts. Carvers love for agricultural saved the south with all the inventions he discovered from peanuts. Things we use everyday like flour, soap, lotion, wood stain, and hundreds more. He was a scientist from yesterday who created over 200 inventions that are incorporated into America and the world.
The contributions of African Americans are infused in all areas of society. Music, sports, medicine, and education are just a few. Contributions of African Americans are like branches on trees that keep on growing, and will continue to be relavant to our growing U.S.society.
Ray Charles born blind grew up with a mother who gave him strong roots that he would incorporate in his adult life. His song Georgia On My Mind was made the official State Song in 1979 in the State of Georgia. His musical talents of playing the piano, and singing about his life through strong songs created a legacy for musicians of today and the future.
Norma Miller a Harlem born young lady grew up to be the Queen of Swing. Norma danced her way into places like the Apollo Theatre doing a popular acrobatic dance called the Lindy Hop. Norma’s great achievements spiraled her to appear in television, and in films. Norma Miller lead the way for future dancers to perform all over the United States and abroad.
Great movies have been made on the struggles of African Americans. The movie Selma about struggles of African Americans in Alabama recently released, won at the Oscars for best song with John Legend, and Common. Selma was directed by an African American female named Ava DuVernay. Martin Luther King was played by David Oyelowo. His performance left a lasting impression. Oprah Winfrey producer of Selma put on her magnificent acting shoes, and portrayed real life anxiety and emotion in her scenes.
Beyounce Knowles, one of Americas premier singer/dancer/actors, continues to wow the world with her sultry silky voice. Songs like Grown Woman, Drunken Love, and Pretty Hurts, tops the charts and keeps her presence in the limelight. Her success has been made possible from the musical forerunners like Lena Horne, Gladys Night, Aretha Franklin and so many others.The contributions of African Americans continues to add diversity to the world.
As the end of the celebration month of February comes to a close, remember contributions of African Americans is daily. New inventions are being made, new singers are being born, great minds are experimenting with new thoughts, and creative ingenuity is happening all over the United States, and the world. Stay Tuned!