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Black History: The Love Sharpener Part 1

Did you know that John Lee Love, a Black African American, invented the pencil sharpener, which was patented as the “Love Sharpener” in 1897?

So in honor of this Day of LOVE and Black History Month, let’s put the spotlight on two inspirational Christian women who, despite all their hardships, have anchored their strength on Love and Faith.

Harriet Ross Tubman.  She is probably one of the most famous African American women in the history of America.  An ill-treated slave from Maryland, she escaped to Pennsylvania only to return to Maryland and help free her family.  For 11 years, she rescued about 70 slaves, and helped more than 50 others to escape to Canada using the Underground Railroad System.

Though we believe that her most important resource was her religious faith in God, many believed that her bravery was brought about by her FAITH with the divine power.  And just like the Three Kings when Christ was born, the North Star guided Harriet Tubman.  And just like Moses, she guided the slaves heading north. Harriet Tubman has been a very devout Christian and as you go along learning more about Harriet Tubman, it seems her FAITH in the divine provided her with immediate assistance.

Every day, she prayed her master to be kinder.  But one night, she was so angry at her master for his maltreatments, she prayed: “First of March I began to pray, ‘Oh Lord, if you ain’t never going to change that man’s heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of the way.”  A week later, Brodess (Master) died, and Tubman expressed regret for her earlier sentiments.”   [Bradford, Sarah Hopkins (orig. pub. 1869), (1971). Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. Freeport: Books for Libraries Press. ISBN 0-8369-8782-9.]

It was the death of his former Master that pressed her to fight against being resold to a “new owner,” knowing that this will cause her family to be separated like property settled in estate.

It was Harriet’s LOVE for her family that has been her definitive motivation above anything else to risk her life.  It is her constant belief in God’s promise that gave her the protection and the courage she needed to tread on, and be the one of the bravest women in Black African American History.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Black History IN FOCUS: Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks

What do these three remarkable Black African American figures have in common besides their courage fight for their rights?  According to USA Today, Tubman, King and Parks are the most famous Black Americans that children know.  Dennis Denenberg, author of 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet, was quoted why their popularity is astonishing, he thinks “educators feel it’s truly a story young people need to know about because we’re still struggling with it…The Cold War is over and gone. The civil rights movement is ongoing.”

Interestingly enough, in a Stanford University news release, a study also showed that both adults and teenagers list King, Tubman and Parks as the top choices when asked about greatest American heroes.  Professor Sam Wineburg and Monte Sano attributed these as effect of “multicultural education” occurring in the changes in “history curricula and textbooks, as well as the effects of news media, public discourse, the people we name our streets after—even on our coins.”  Professor Wineburg and Monte Sano particularly attributed this to the annual February’s Black History Month that effectively brought awareness about these Black American heroes.The Wave film download

The Professors came to a conclusion that “there is a very different national story that is being told right now, in terms of what it means to be an American,” he said. “We are at a moment in our history where the national story is not one that is symbolized by Paul Revere and Betsy Ross, but rather by Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks—people who selflessly gave of themselves to bring about betterment for all.

It’s no surprise the immense effect Black History Month have had among young and adults alike.  Black History Month has helped educate people of every race or nationality about African Americans.  Even more than that, Black History Month has also educated people about diversity, tolerance and equality.

If you or you’d like your children to learn more about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, Nest Learning has a wide range of resources you can look into.

 

About Nest Entertainment: From its origin over twenty years ago, NestEntertainment.com has become a leader providing entertaining and educational resources for the expansive family market.  In addition to creating enriching stories and highest quality animated and musical productions, we have carved a niche as the nexus distributor between the wholesome Family Entertainment, Home Education and Christian markets through our proven Internet retail and wholesale distribution system.

Black History Month – It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate!

In the midst of Black History Month, focusing on the national, social, scientific, and political contributions of African Americans such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman opens the door for diverse learning experiences. In honor of this month, take a field trip to a landmark of the civil rights movement, watch a biography on DVD, or listen to a Presidential speech. Nest Learning offers a wide array of products to bring these subjects to life. And while you’re sparking your children’s imaginations, here are some interesting trivia facts to share with them:

• Allensworth, California was built in 1908 as an all-black city, self-sufficient and free from racism. It is the only town in California to have been founded, financed, and governed solely by African Americans. In 1974, California State Parks purchased land within the historical township and created Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

• African American entrepreneur Wally Amos, known for his “Famous Amos” cookies, had previously been a talent agent at the William Morris agency, working with such notable acts as Simon and Garfunkel and the Supremes.

• Trumpeter Louis Armstrong earned money and bought his first coronet when he was only seven years old and taught himself to play while living in a home for juvenile delinquents.

• Performer Josephine Baker smuggled military intelligence to our French allies during World War II by pinning secrets inside her dress or writing them on her sheet music in invisible ink.

• The design of our nation’s capital, Washington DC, is credited in part to black scientist and mathematician Benjamin Banneker.

• After a long and fruitful career, actress and singer Pearl Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University in 1985 – at the age of 67.

• In addition to her career in politics as US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is an accomplished pianist and has played with such greats as Yo Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin. She has even performed for Queen Elizabeth.

• Baseball hall-of-famer Jackie Robinson helped to establish the African-American owned and controlled Freedom Bank.

• Debi Thomas, who won a bronze medal in figure skating in the 1988 Winter Olympics, studied engineering at Stanford before becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

There’s a wealth of information on people from a wide array of career paths and interests to evoke your child’s interest in Black History. It’s not too late – honor Black History Month in your lesson plan today.

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