AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center
February has been designated as Black History Month. Some years ago I read the story below by Makebra Anderson. It highlights the many contributions of people of color. Join the AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center in celebrating Black History Month.
"One morning, a little boy named Theo woke up and asked his mother, "Mom, what if there were no Black people in the world? "His mother thought about that for a moment, and then said, "Son, follow me around today and lets just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world. Now go get dressed and we will get started.” Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. His mother took one look at him and said, "Theo, where are your shoes? Son, I must iron your clothes. Why are they so wrinkled?When she reached for the ironing board it was no longer there.
You see, Sarah Boone, a Black woman, invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a Black man, invented the shoe lasting machine. The shoe lasting machine is a machine that attaches the top of the shoe to the sole."Oh well," she said, "Please go and do something to your hair." Theo ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there."You see, Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the comb.
Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. Lydia O. Newman, a Black female, invented the brush.
Well, this was a sight. Theo had no shoes, wrinkled clothes, and his hair was a mess. Even his mom's hair was a mess. See Madam C. J. Walker was one of the first African-American female entrepreneurs, and she created many hair care products for Black women.
Mom told Theo, "Let's do our chores around the house, and then take a trip to the grocery store."
Theo's job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept. When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a Black man, invented the dustpan.
So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W. Stewart, a Black man, invented the mop.
Theo yelled to his Mom, "Mom, I'm not having any luck!”
"Well son," she said, "Let me finish washing these clothes and we will prepare a list for the grocery store."
When the wash finished, she went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was not there. You see, George T. Sampson, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer.
Mom asked Theo to get a pencil and some paper to prepare their list for the market. So Theo ran for the paper and pencil but noticed that the pencil lead was broken. Well, he was out of luck because John Love, a Black man, invented the pencil sharpener.
Mom reached for a pen, but it was not there because William Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen. As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge another Black man, invented the typewriting machine, and W. A. Lovette, another Black man, the advanced printing press.
Theo and his mother decided to head to the market. Well, when Theo opened the door he noticed the grass was almost 5 feet tall. You see, the lawn mower was invented by John Burr, a Black man.
They made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn't go. You see, Richard Spikes, a Black man, invented the automatic gearshift and Joseph Gammel invented the supercharge system for internal combustion engines. Without these, the car wouldn't work. Gammel was also a Black man.
They noticed that the few cars that were moving were running into each other and having wrecks because there were no traffic signals. You see, Garrett A. Morgan, a Black man invented the traffic light.
Well, it was getting late, so they walked to the market, got their groceries and returned home. Just when they were about to put away the milk, eggs and butter, they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see John Standard, a Black man, invented the refrigerator. So they just left the food on the counter.
By this time, Theo noticed he was getting mighty cold. Mom went to turn up the heat; however, Alice Parker, a Black female, invented the heating furnace so they didn't have heat. Even in the summer time they would have been out of luck because Frederick Jones, a Black man, invented the air conditioner.
It was almost time for Theo's father to arrive home. He usually took the bus. But there was no bus. Buses came from electric trolleys, which were invented by another Black man, Elbert R. Robinson. He usually took the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator.
He also usually dropped off the office mail at a near by mailbox, but it was no longer there because Philip Downing, a Black man, invented the letter drop mailbox and William Barry, another Black man, invented the postmarking and canceling machine which, which is how we get stamps.
Theo and his mother sat at the kitchen table with their head in their hands. When the father arrived he asked, "Why are you sitting in the dark?" Why? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a Black man, invented the filament within the light bulb. Without a filament a light bulb won’t turn on.
Theo quickly learned what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world. Daily life would be a lot more difficult, not to mention if he were ever sick and needed blood. Charles Drew, a Black scientist, found a way to preserve and store blood, which led to his starting the world's first blood bank.
And, what if a family member had to have heart surgery? This would not have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a Black doctor, who performed the first open heart surgery."
You don't have to wonder, like Theo, what the world would be like without African-Americans. It’s clear, life as we know it would be very different! This February celebrate the contributions of African-Americans.
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National Science Teacher's Association Annual Conference
This year NSTA will be held in Atlanta, GA, March 15-18.
NSTA conferences offer the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers. For more information go to http://www.nsta.org/conferences/. You don't want to miss this learning opportunity.
Accepting Proposals For the Gulf Coast Writing Conference
Each year the Alabama Regional Inservice Centers sponsor the Gulf Coast Writing Conference. Nationally known speakers along with teacher leaders throughout Alabama share their expertise. Proposals are now being accepted. For more information click here, submission deadline February 26, 2018.
Lead Like a Pirate PLU
The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center will offer an ACLD approved PLU "Lead Like a Pirate" The session will begin April 1 and end June 1. There is no cost to participate- we just need ten administrators and/or teacher leaders to join in the learning. To register send your name, email address, school/school system to email@example.com no later than March 15, 2018.
The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center is one of eleven centers in the state of Alabama serving teachers in the area of professional development. Located on the campus of Alabama A&M University, we serve twelve school districts in North Alabama. We offer a range of professional development opportunities for educators and administration to help them.
The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center also has a lending library. Administrators and teachers in our districts are welcome to check out books, videos and the latest DVD’s to enhance your onsite professional development.
Housed in our facility are two state initiatives, Science in Motion and Technology in Motion. The AAMU/UAH Regional Inservice Center is here to serve YOU!!!! As a part of the Alabama A & M University family we believe that “Service is Sovereignty”.