BHM Day 29: Black OUR Story!

We’re coming to the end of ‘Black His-story Month’, and I haven’t even written a blog about any of our great heroes and sheroes, past and present!

Each morning I had no idea what I was going to write about – I just go with the flow. When I’m channelling, I don’t even think about what I’m writing.

This has been the first day I didn’t wake up with a title in my head, or topic to write about. So today I’m going to name a few of our great scientists and inventors who contributed to world ‘civilization’. There are so many of them!

In yesterday’s blog I mentioned The Burning Ritual (which features in Year Two of Journey of a Sister). Throughout his-story, Europeans went around burning down and destroying anything that proved Africans were Great Creators. They had a habit of burning buildings down, then replacing them with buildings they had built, to try and erase OUR story. This is an extract from Year Two (e-book), where Europeans were describing the Ashanti King’s palace before burning it down:

Europeans have done their best to try and prove that Africans and their descendants made no contributions to world civilization.

Her Story

Today I will honour three Black Female Scientists and Inventors whose creations have revolutionized the world, but probably won’t go down in her-story (click on each image for more info):

Marian R. Croak (born 1955) is currently a Vice President of Engineering at Google. She has over 200 patents to her name. Her work on Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has advanced the capability of audio and videoconferencing. VoIP is essential for remote work and conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and others (courtesy of @nationalblackguide)

Dr Gladys Mae West (born 27 October 1930) is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematical modeling of the shape of the Earth, and her work developing the satellite geodesy models, which were eventually incorporated into the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Dr Patricia E. Bath (4 November 1942 – 30 May 2019)

Dr. Patricia Bath was the inventor of laser cataract surgery. She invented a new medical device called the laserphaco probe, and a technique that improves on the use of lasers to remove cataracts, and “for ablating and removing cataract lenses”.

Stolen His-story

Just as countless other inventions by Black people (e.g. electricity and traffic lights) have been credited to Europeans, in the future, these women will be forgotten for their contributions to his-story – unless WE do something about it.

If you would like to help keep their memory alive, share this blog, tell your children, and tell them to tell their children!

Invest in a set of Hidden Colors by Tariq Nasheed which tells our true history – I remember watching one about four Black women who were the brains behind NASA before they built their super-computers.

There are many more who contributed to world civilisation; educate yourself and your children! Black children who grow up learning about our great accomplishments develop a more positive self-image, strong self-belief, and are more likely to succeed in life.

Until we start telling our OWN stories, our true greatness will remain buried and whitewashed.

“You may write me off in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou

Here are some more:

“They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were SEEDS.”

In your service,

Author | Visual & Spoken Word Artist | Soul Purpose Tribe Leader

Promoting L🖤VE through Creativity!

This video-poem is an appreciation of Black Men, and features in Year Five of Journey of a Sister:

‘Ode to My King part 1’ features in Year Five of my self-help novel Journey of a Sister, download the e-book for just £4.99 (also available in audiobooks):

My goal is to turn Journey of a Sister into a film, to educate through entertainment. To support my work, donate to my film project:

My next post explains how the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE are all happening at the same time! This is why we still carry ancestral trauma in our DNA, but when WE heal we’re not just healing OURSELVES, we’re healing our ANCESTORS and FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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