America, Black History, freedom, reading, Rights, Slavery

THE SLAVE WHO MAILED HIMSELF TO FREEDOM

Hi Guys,

Because this is Black History Month, I wanted to share with you some extraordinary people in African American History who did all they could to get to freedom.  I am sure you know that freedom is the right of every living person man, woman, boy and girl on the Earth.  It is so important and wonderful that many have died rather than become or remain slaves.  One man in particular wanted freedom so bad that he actually mailed himself to freedom.

His name was Henry Box Brown. 

 

Henry Brown

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Henry Brown was born into slavery in 1816 on a plantation called Hermitage in Louisa County, Virginia. Henry may have remembered his parents fondly, stating that his mother was the one to instill Christian values into him. He is believed to have had at least two siblings, mentioning a brother and a sister in his autobiography.

Brown was first married to a fellow slave, named Nancy, but their marriage was not recognized legally. They had three children born into slavery under the partus sequitur ventrem principle. Brown was hired out by his master in Richmond, Virginia, and worked in a tobacco factory, renting a house where he and his wife lived with their children. Brown had also been paying his wife’s master not to sell his family, but the man betrayed Brown, selling pregnant Nancy and their three children to a different slave owner.

With the help of James C. A. Smith, a free black man, and a sympathetic white shoemaker (and likely gambler) named Samuel A. Smith (no relation), Brown devised a plan to have himself shipped in a box to a free state by the Adams Express Company, known for its confidentiality and efficiency.  Brown paid US$86 (equivalent to $2,643 in 2019) (out of his savings of $166) to Samuel Smith. Smith went to Philadelphia to consult with members of Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society on how to accomplish the escape, meeting with minister James Miller McKimWilliam Still, and Cyrus Burleigh. He corresponded with them to work out the details after returning to Richmond. They advised him to mail the box to the office of Quaker merchant Passmore Williamson, who was active with the Vigilance Committee.

During the trip, which began on March 29, 1849, Brown’s box was transported by wagon, railroad, steamboat, wagon again, railroad, ferry, railroad, and finally delivery wagon, being completed in 27 hours. Despite the instructions on the box of “handle with care” and “this side up,” several times carriers placed the box upside-down or handled it roughly. Brown remained still and avoided detection.

The box was received by Williamson, McKim, William Still, and other members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee on March 30, 1849, attesting to the improvements in express delivery services. When Brown was released, one of the men remembered his first words as “How do you do, gentlemen?” He sang a psalm from the Bible, which he had earlier chosen to celebrate his release into freedom.
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America, Black History, Civil Rights

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Hi Guys,

Well, it’s February.  And every February has been deemed Black History Month.  Here a bit of history about Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local  celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2013 theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, marks the 150th and 50th anniversaries of two pivotal events in African-American history.

 

Online reference:  https://theapopkavoice.com/history-black-history-month/

 

Talk to you later,

 

 

America, Causes, Ronald McDonald House

THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!

I am a member of the Ronald McDonald House and have been for a while.  Here’s a history of it:

 

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE IS BORN.

Working as a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Evans saw families spend night after night in the hospital while their children received life-saving medical treatment. She knew there had to be a better way, and envisioned a simple house where families could stay during these stressful and uncertain times

Ronald McDonald House

At the same time, the Philadelphia Eagles were raising funds in support of player Fred Hill, whose daughter Kim was in treatment for leukemia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. When the Eagles General Manager Jimmy Murray approached St. Christopher’s about making a donation, Dr. Lawrence Naiman suggested there was an even greater need for funds resting with Dr. Evans. Jimmy Murray met Dr. Evans and quickly learned of her concept of a home for families. He reached out to McDonald’s with the idea that they could offer the proceeds from their Shamrock Shake sales to benefit this new house. McDonald’s agreed, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was born on October 15, 1974.

DETROIT BECOMES THE 11TH LOCATION.

Virginia head shot Ronald McDonald

The idea quickly spread around the United States. Many physicians and parents wondered if the same idea could work here in Detroit. With guidance from the national McDonald’s Corporation, the doors of RMHC Detroit opened in November of 1979, adjacent to the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, becoming the 11th Ronald McDonald House location to open.

Since the opening of the Detroit house, locations have also opened in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. There are more than 300 Ronald McDonald House locations around the world.

Hey guys, it’s a great thing and a great feeling to help someone else.  Talk to you later.

Jenny

Online Reference: https://rmhc-detroit.org/about-us/history/

 

America, Armed Forces, Holiday, Memorial Day, National, Patriotism, Uncategorized

OFFICIAL BIRTHPLACE OF MEMORIAL DAY

Hi guys,

Memorial Day is coming up.  I never thought of this question until now. What is the place where Memorial Day began.  It’s a good question.  I found an answer to it below:

Official Birthplace Declared In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y., the “birthplace” of Memorial Day. There, a ceremony on May 5, 1866, honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff. Supporters of Waterloo’s claim say earlier observances in other places were either informal, not community-wide or one-time events.

By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May.

Happy Memorial Day

 

Jenny

Online reference:  https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

America, Holiday

CINCO DE MAYO (The fifth of May)

cinco-de-mayo-poster-template-for-invitation-for-fiesta-party-vectorHi Guys,

Wow! May is almost over and it’s been a good month so far.  However, I don’t want to leave May without first talking about Cinco de Mayo day, which we observe every year on May 5th.  

Have you ever wondered why Cinco de Mayo day is celebrated here in the United States?  That’s a good questions. 

Here’s why:

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Talk to you later,

Jenny

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Online reference:  https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

 

 

America, Holiday, Thanksgiving

FUN FACTS ABOUT NOVEMBER!

Boy, Oh boy,

I have had such fun finding out about the month of November.  Read below what I found out.  Then you go online or go to your local library and see what more you can find out about November.

NOVEMBER

DID YOU KNOW THAT…

  1. November’s name comes from novem, Latin for “nine.”
  2. In the United States and Canada, November is also known as National Beard Month or No Shave Month (also known as “​No-Shave November“) as a way to raise cancer awareness. 
  3. All Saints Day is a Christian festival held on November 1 that celebrates the lives of all saints, known and unknown.
  4. Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, falls annually on November 11. It also coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which mark the end of World War I.
  5. Thanksgiving, perhaps the most popular of all American holidays after Christmas, is celebrated each year on the third Thursday of November.
  6. We also get to enjoy a rare four-day weekend (with the Friday afterward, known as Black Friday, marking the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season).

That’s just a few fun facts.  Send me some more. Thanks.

Jenny

Online reference: https://www.thoughtco.com/november-fun-facts-3456080

America, Armed Forces, National, Patriotism, Veterans Day

VETERANS DAY

Hi Guys,

Sunday, November 11, 2018 is Veterans Day.  Here’s a brief history of Veterans Day:

kids_thank_vetVeterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States.

So, be grateful and thankful for all the men and women who serve our great country.  Pray for them and their families, too.

Talk to you later,

Jenny

Online Reference:  https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

 

 

America, Armed Forces, God, Holiday, Veterans Day

VETERANS DAY

American soldier serviceman salute flag

Hi Guys,

It’s me Bookman, and my friend Jenny asked me to tell you about Veterans Day, so here goes.

talking_bookWell, it’s November and we automatically think about the Thanksgiving Holiday. But do you know what? There is a holiday that happens before Thanksgiving. That holiday is called Veterans Day. Do you know what a veteran is? I sure hope so. But just in case you may not be familiar with that word, I’ll tell  you. A veteran is any man or woman who has served in the military armed forces of this country. So, a veteran can have been in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Reserves, National Guard-any branch of military service for this great country of ours.

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11, 2017. In fact November 11th is always the day where we honor and thank all those who have served in this country’s armed forces. Maybe your dad, mom, sister, brother, cousin, aunt, uncle or even grandparents were in the service. If so, be proud of them and thank them. And if your loved one is in the service now, thank them and thank God for them and always pray for them; because they miss you just like you miss them. We want them to come home soon, don’t we?  So, on November 11th say thank you to a veteran and then say a prayer for all of them.

Here’s a brief history about Veterans Day:

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Online reference:  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts

Jenny

America, God, Memorial Day, National

MEMORIAL DAY

Happy Memorial Day

Guys,

While we were having fun barbecuing, eating watermelon, and hotdogs, and hamburger grilled outside, and drinking our favorite drinks and playing yesterday, it was such fun. But do you know that it was because of the meaning of this day, Memorial Day, that we could have such fun. So let’s see what makes it so special:

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Reference: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

So, remember to thank God for all those men and women who served in this great country’s military so that we can have fun on Memorial Day.

Jenny

America, Children, Kids and reading, Memorial Day, National, Patriotism

REMEMBERING THE BRAVE….CHILDREN

Hello guys, it’s me Jenny.  I was thinking about Memorial Day and all those who have protected us in America with their own lives.  Wow, I appreciate them and I really love them.  We can talk to each other and go places because of them.

I want you to look at the picture below.  It’s of some kids just like you.  They lived in 1865.  The one holding the flag is in the lead and they are honoring, saying ‘Thank You’ to some soldiers who died a long time ago.  Now, you know that kids in every age can be good patriots, too.  Just like you.  Ask  mom and dad about Memorial Day if you need to.  They’ll tell you that it’s a time when the entire country remembers men and women who fought in wars for our great country so that we can be free.  Do you want to honor them?  Then make it the best life you can and help others.  Talk to you soon.

 

kids memorial day 1865

Online reference:  http://sfbayview.com/2014/05/the-first-memorial-day-was-black/

Jenny