Monthly Archives: February 2015

Booker T. Washington and the Building of Tuskegee Institute – Pt. 2

The Soul that is within me, no man can degrade.  I am not the one that is being degraded on account of this treatment, but those who are inflicting it upon me – Frederick Douglass Booker T. Washington spoke that … Continue reading

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Booker T. Washington and the Building of Tuskegee Institute -Pt 1

“Too often, it seems to me, in missionary and educational work among underdeveloped races, people yield to the temptation of doing that which was done a hundred years before, or is being done in other communities a thousand miles away. The temptation often is to run each individual through a certain educational mould, regardless of the condition of the subject or the end to be accomplished . . . no white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man’s clothes, eats the white man’s food, speaks the white man’s language and professes the white man’s religion.”
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Minnesota Avenue – A Picture Book

This was what I did at my job during the summer time.  The store was not busy at all, so I had a lot of down time and wrote a little story book about my summer on Minnesota Avenue during … Continue reading

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Back on track – the beginning of the end of my time at UB

Writing is such a tricky thing.  I get derailed for a couple days.  I procrastinate or have just been too busy to sit down and continue my story.  But that’s an excuse.  I was stuck.  I didn’t know how to … Continue reading

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Black History Month – Day 26

From another favorite poets (and Native Knoxvillian) Poetry – Nikki Giovanni Poetry is motion graceful as a fawn gentle as a teardrop strong like the eye finding peace in a crowded room we poets tend to think our words are … Continue reading

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Black History – Day 25

As this Black History Month winds down, I am struck by gratitude that there is so much that has yet to be discovered.  I am filled with humility at the ancestors who fought and struggled to get us here.  So … Continue reading

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Black History Month – Day 24

Black Inventors through American History George Alcorn Not many inventors have resumes as impressive as George Edward Alcorn’s. Among his credits, the African-American inventor received a B.A. in physics, a master’s degree in nuclear physics and a Ph.D in atomic … Continue reading

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Black History Month- Day 23

Still I Rise -Maya Angelou You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset … Continue reading

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UT Medical Center and Apple Emojis

I have to take a break from my story to voice a couple concerns. And to keep up with my resolution to post something everyday. I missed a post yesterday.  Because as I sat at my computer to write the … Continue reading

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Black History Month – Day 22

Langston Hughes – Harlem Renaissance poet I love the poetry of Langston Hughes because it really speaks to me as a mixed race person in America and definitely as a transracial adoptee.  The poem, As I Grow Older personifies what … Continue reading

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