Why Aren't African Americans Included In History Classes Taught In School?
February is Black History Month, which will be celebrated in my daughter's school. Each child will be part of a play or give a small speech about someone and what they did to help America become what it is today. My daughter decided to do a speech. My daughter has Aspurger's and Syndrome goes to a school that teaches children who have Autism or Aspergers. She needs help with her speech, so since my school had never taught me anything about what African Americans, I went online. I found so much information that I was shocked. When I asked about the school she went to she went to before this she told me, that school never even mentioned African Americans at all. There are pages and pages about what African Americans have done to help the U.S.A. but none of this is taught in school. Why is that? Even though our president is black/white are we still a racist nation? I don't know. So, what I have decided to do, is list some of the achievements in our country that African Americans have done, that some know and some do not know.
1) Josephine Baker an actress who was born in America Became a citizen of France in 1937. During WWII she gave military intelligence to America's French allies. She did this by pinning small pieces of paper to her dress and writing in invisible ink.
2) Harry Belafante was the man who came up with the name of the song " We are the world" which became the the most popular song in history. This song made 20 million dollars world wide and helped more people that we even know about.
3) W.E.D. du Bois and William Milliam Monroe Trotter started the Niagara Movement, a black civil rights organization movement which got it's first name from the place were they held their first meeting. Niagara Falls. Later the name was changed permanently to NAACP.
4) Jessie Jackson did many things to help America. He successfully negotiated the release of Lieutenant Robert O. Goldman, Jr an African American pilot who had been shot down an taken hostage in Syria in 1983. The way he did this was fly to Syria and spoke with Syrian President Hafaz-al Assad. Jessie Jackson also went to Cuba and negotiated the release of 22 Americans who had been invited to Cuba by Fidel Castro. And on the evening of 1991 during the Persian Gulf War, Jackson traveled to Iraq to plead with Saddam Hussein, for the release of the " Human Shield" Jessie Jackson secured the release of several British and 20 Americans.
5) Andrew Jackson Beard invented the Jenny Coupler in 1897, which is a device that allowed train cars to hook themselves together. This saved the lives of many workers who had the jobs of hooking the cars together by hand.
6) Otis Boykin invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control of pacemakers.
7) History has given credit to Thomas Edison for the invention of the light bulb, why aren't we taught that Lewis Latimer's innovations towards it's developments? Until Latimer's process for making carbon filaments, Edison's light bulbs would only burn for minutes. Latimer's would burn for hours.
8) Elijah McCoy invented automatic lubricator for oiling steam engines in in 1872. The term " The real McCoy" Came from a reference about the reliability of Elijah McCoy's invention.
So, my question is, why aren't we taught about these these things in school? How come the wonderful and very brave things Jessie Jackson has done have not been honored? Are we still racist, and how much racist are we?
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