National Black Family Month on July, 2024: Yellowstone National Park Must-sees?

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Yellowstone National Park Must-sees?

my family and I just got back we were there for four day's and saw everything everything except a moose! Lot's of black bears, bison and elk 1 grizzly 2 eagles a wolf and a coyote. try and come in or go out the south entrance through the Grand Teton's it is actually prettier (In my opinion) than Yellowstone.

The entire landscape of the park is aw-inspiring obviously you gotta see old-faithful (just don't eat there the cafeteria food was horrible!) the grand canyon of yellowstone and the upper and lower falls are amazing. Good Luck

I need some help with a Black History Month report..?

I need some help with a Black History Month report..?

Come to the Rap/Hip Hop section. Every day of the month we've been dropping black history month facts. Since today is the 11th, that's 11+ facts. Some stuff we've discussed:

Q: Guess Who?

- I was born to former slaves

- I was a Director of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration

-Former VP of the NAACP

-Elected into National Women's Hall of Fame

-I founded the National Council of Negro Women

- In 1904, I started a school for African-American girls (which would later merge with a school for African-American boys, and is a present day HBCU)

- I was awarded the Haitian Medal of Honor and Merit

A: Mary McLeod Bethune

Q: What was the name of the first slave ship built in the English colonies?

A: It was the Desire, launched from Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1637. Until then, only European ships transported slaves to the colonies.

Q: Sports

1.) __________ was the first Black coach in any proffesional sports league

2.) _________was the first Black in Major League Baseball (not just including the modern era)

3.) __________ was the only African American to ever win the men's singles at Wimbledon

4.) _________ was the second African American female to win Wimbledon

5.) _________ was the first majority Black owner in sports

6.) _______ was the first Black coach to win the Super Bowl

7.) ________ set the record for most points scored in a high school basketball game (105 points)

8.) _______ was the first female to play on an all-male professinal basketball team. (Name her, and the team she played for)

A: 1. John McLendon

2. Moses Fleetwood Walker

3. Arthur Ashe in 1975

4. Venus Williams

5. Bob Johnson

6. Tony Dungy; Head Coach for the Colts

7. Cheryl Miller

8. Lynette Woodard. she played for the Harlem Globetrotters (considered a proffesional team)

A Sad Story

Sara (Saartjie) Baartman, was born in the Eastern Cape in 1789 to a Khoisan family (in present day South Africa). The Khoisans played a big role in shaping South Africa's past and present, but during that specific time, The Dutch hunted down and killed members of the Khoisans because they were considered a "threat" to settlers. Now, Sara was a slave, but in 1810 at the age of 20 she was sold to a British Doctor who told her she could make alot of money showing off her body to the Europeans, so she was put on a ship and sent to London. There, she was put on display in a building and she was forced to parade around naked in circuses. She was displayed at bars, museums, even at universities.

Details about Khosians; they are described as having 'honey-colored' skin, and they store their body fats in the lower back area, rather than thighs n belly. But back to the story, their body types were natural for them, but Europeans used them as excuses to stereotype Blacks. In London, Sara paraded naked on a stage 2 feet high, led by her keeper, and exhibited like a wild beast. She walked, sat, or stood when ordered. After 4 years in London, Baartman was given to a showman of wild animals in Paris, she was often handled by an animal trainer, and her movements were described by a general as “"something brusque and capricious about them that recalled those of monkeys." It really is a shame to me that scientific papers were written about Sara Baartman to “prove” the superiority of the white race.

Sara died in Paris in 1816, a poor prostitute, and an alcoholic. She became known as the “Venus Hottenhot” which was meant as a derogatory term to describe Khosians of South Africa. However she did not even get a decent burial. Her body was plastered, she was dissected, and her organs, genitals, and brain were conserved. To sum it all up, this is really a story of a woman, whose natural body caused her humiliation from those not understanding, I mean, she was treated like an animal for reasons beyond any of us.


Paul Laurence Dunbar was born just after the Civil War, his parents both being slaves that escaped from their chains. His parents instilled in him a love of learning and history. He was the only black student at Dayton Central High School and he participated actively as a student. During college, he was both the editor of the school newspaper and class president, as well as the president of the school literary society.

Growing up, he was torn between writing in the traditional "vernacular" expected of Black Writers, but at the same time, he was brilliant and preferred writing in an Old English style. So, he was very confused as to how to write. At the same time, the effects of slavery were constantly around him.

While a prominent writer, he stayed in close contact with the likes of Frederick Douglas, Booker T Washington, and was even honored by President Theodore Roosevelt. His most respected poem is a sonnet on Frederick Douglas modeled on Wordsworth's sonnet to Milton. He passed away just before his chance to make his presence felt on the Harlem Renaissance and here's a look at one of his writings "The Unsung Heroes"

“A song for the unsung heroes who rose in the country's need,

When the life of the land was threatened by the slaver's cruel greed,

For the men who came from the cornfield, who came from the plough and the flail,

Who rallied round when they heard the sound of the mighty man of the rail.

They laid them down in the valleys, they laid them down in the wood,

And the world looked on at the work they did, and whispered, "It is good."

They fought their way on the hillside, they fought their way in the glen,

And God looked down on their sinews brown, and said, "I have made them men."

They went to the blue lines gladly, and the blue lines took them in,

And the men who saw their muskets' fire thought not of their dusky skin.

The gray lines rose and melted beneath their scathing showers,

And they said, "'Tis true, they have force to do, these old slave boys of ours."

Ah, Wagner saw their glory, and Pillow knew their blood,

That poured on a nation's altar, a sacrificial flood.

Port Hudson heard their war-cry that smote its smoke-filled air,

And the old free fires of their savage sires again were kindled there.

They laid them down where the rivers, the greening valleys gem.

And the song of the thund'rous cannon was their sole requiem,

And the great smoke wreath that mingled its hue with the dusky cloud,

Was the flag that furled o'er a saddened world, and the sheet that made their shroud.

Oh, Mighty God of the Battles Who held them in Thy hand,

Who gave them strength through the whole day's length, to fight for their native land,

They are lying dead on the hillsides, they are lying dead on the plain,

And we have not fire to smite the lyre and sing them one brief strain.

Give, Thou, some seer the power to sing them in their might,

The men who feared the master's whip, but did not fear the fight;

That he may tell of their virtues as minstrels did of old,

Till the pride of face and the hate of race grow obsolete and cold.

A song for the unsung heroes who stood the awful test,

When the humblest host that the land could boast went forth to meet the best;

A song for the unsung heroes who fell on the bloody sod,

Who fought their way from night and day and struggled up to God.”

black history months?

black history months?

The story of blacks and slavery on the North American continent is a convoluted and warped tale that seems to be based more on myth than fact. For instance:

Africans were not simply kidnapped, "dragged off" and then forced into slavery. The truth be told, there's (even to this day) a tradition of warring inwhich the winner takes the loser captive and either puts them to death Or enslaves them. I'm not REALLY sure that slavery is better than death, but the curator of the slavery museum on the Ivory Coast paints it as a picture of almost having done them a favor -- they get to remain alive.

The first slaves were not blacks, taken from Africa -- the region of what is now called Senigal, they were whites from the ghettos and debtors prisons of London. They were called "Indentured Servents" because they were given contracts that were supposed to expire usually within a five year period. Most did not live past three years. Those that did usually found themselves being retained for some supposed infraction of the agreement and were never released.

African slaves actually had laws of protection passed. If a handler or owner was thought to be abusive and was tried and found guilty, he faced either imprisonment or death by hanging. AND, a good and mindful owner would never simply divide up a family -- a happy slave is far more productive than is an angry slave.

Please do not misunderstand me, slavery be it black, white or purple is worng. But so many people have absolutely no idea of the facts.

Interesting facts that might sway your opinion of the Democratic National Party:

Lincoln was a Republican -- was so hated by the democrats that he actually had to sneak into Washington, D.C. for his inauguration. The democrats were pro slavery -- even at the cost of disolving these United States.

The founding members of the "social club" known as the Ku Klux Klan were all democrats.

In 1957, republican President Eisenhower called upon congress for a "Civil Rights" bill. Two senators (democrats JFK and LBJ) both fought to try and stop it. When they realized they could not, they shifted tactics and so watered down the bill, they were able to render it ineffective. This act drew the wrath of the president who called the two on the carpet for having challenged his authority. Eisenhower was also responsible for the desegregation of the military and the public schools. For the latter, he was forced to call out the National Guard.

In 1964, democrat president Johnson -- the same who'd fought the bill in '57, called for a "Civil Rights" bill. The democrats of congress filabustered against it. It passed thanx to the republicans.

In the presidential primaries leading up to the '72 elections, democrat president hopeful George Wallace's campaign promise was "No More Desegregation!"

Rosa Parks was not the first, but rather the last to make a civil disobedience protest -- may she rest in peace.

When did "they" finally make peace? That's all a matter of perspective. If you were to ask me, I'd say that there will never be equality as long as there are government programs like Welfare that by design intentionally enslave the masses to a life of subsistance on government hand-outs.

Did you know that the original intent of Planned Parenthood was to have a form of government control over the population of blacks? Seems pretty diabolical if you were to ask me. Thank you Margaret Sanger!

Equality begins with education. It's been made "free" and available. The question now becomes how do you get the parents to support it to the degree required to bring "those children" into the fold of success?

Holidays also on this date Monday, July 1, 2024...