During Black History month, we are honored to highlight the historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. From the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement and the countless inventions that have changed the way we live. We tell their stories.
I remember this day like it was yesterday. I was 13 years old and going to Carver Middle School and we were actually excited about the Space Shuttle Challenger taking off on that day. This was the first time that I had heard of the name Ronald Mcnair.
I love this time of year because it gives me an opportunity to learn as well as inform others about how rich black history truly is. From the astounding accomplishments, against all odds to the heroism of our forefathers struggle for our civil rights. Every year we remember them and tell there stories.
This Black History month we salute African American's who's inventions impact the lives of Americans everyday like; H.A. Jackson for the he kitchen table, Lydia Newman for the hair brush, Alexander Miles for the electric elevator and John Burr who designed the first lawn mower with traction wheels and a rotary blade in 1899.
African Americans have made a profound impact on this country, even though many of our accomplishments go unnoticed in American History books. From bringing the world Jazz and Rap/Hip Hop to the countless inventions used in our daily lives like the traffic single, refrigeration, blood banks, performing the first successful open heart surgery down to America's favorite snack the potato chip. Whether you know it or not, Black History is celebrated 365 days a year.
The Courir De Mardi Gras is translated to"Mardi Gras Run" and is a tradition in South and central Louisiana. It's where a group of revelers get together and go house to house in a community to collect items for a gumbo and once it's done is results in a big cook out and dance.
Here is a really cool video I found from 1975 from the documentary "The Good Times are Killing Me".
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