Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dr. Louis T. Wright Braces Brain Pain

Dr. Louis T. Wright, (1891-1952), excelled in the field of medicine and brain trauma.

He is the author of nearly 20 academic papers about brain surgery.

Dr. Wright graduated from Clark University in Atlanta in 1911.  He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1915.

Wright is perhaps most famous for inventing a brace for patients with neck injuries.  His expertise included treating patients with skull fractures.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Martin Luther King Jr. Washington DC National Memorial

Ground was broken this week in Washington, D.C., for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

This photo is a computer enhanced model of what of the completed memorial will look like. Here are some fast facts about the project from the official MLK National Memorial website:

  • President Bill Clinton signed a Joint Congressional Resolution authorizing the building of a memorial for Dr. King on July 16, 1998.

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial will be adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and on a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.

  • The Memorial will evoke the memory and spiritual presence of Dr. King.

  • The groundbreaking was contingent upon raising the estimated $100 million dollars required to build and maintain the memorial.  $60 million has been raised so far.

Visit the official website, discover the dream team members who are supporting the effort, and find out how you can help too.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Democrat Arthur W. Mitchell's Black History Milestone

Mid-term elections are over in the USA.  Check your score card.  Trading faces...Congress.

The Democrats have the new majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Arthur W. Mitchell, (1886-1968), was the first black Democrat elected to the U.S. Congress (1934 - 1943).

Mitchell studied under Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute.  The Congressman, representing the First Congressional District of Illinois, received his law school education at Columbia and Harvard.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Singer Bob Marley Scores Black History Honor

Bob Marley’s former north London home was recently honored with a heritage plaque to celebrate the reggae legend’s residence in the United Kingdom.

The plaque describes Marley as a “singer, lyricist and Rastafarian icon."

Robert Nesta Marley was born in St. Ann, Jamaica, February 6, 1945.  He spread the message and spiritual passion of reggae music throughout the world for three decades.

On May 11, 1981, 36 year old Marley passed away from cancer in Miami, Florida.  By 1990, a national holiday was created in Jamaica to commemorate his birth.

The reggae icon sold 9 million copies of his album Legend.  In 1996, Legend was certified as the best-selling reggae album of all time.

Marley’s house in Kingston, Jamaica, now known as the Bob Marley Museum, is a big tourist attraction for black history scholars as well as vacationers to the Caribbean island.

The Marley legacy continues today.  Bob’s youngest son, Damian, became the first reggae artist in 2006 to win a Grammy Award outside of the reggae category for his best Urban/Alternative performance: “Welcome to Jamrock” single.

Damian Marley also lead the pack with six honors at this year’s 2006 International Reggae and World Music Awards held in New York City.

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