• Friday, February 21, 2014

Photo taken in the early 1900s of Gloria Ford's great-grandmother, Homett Edwards Witherspoon and her children. Gloria's grandmother, Jannie Witherspoon Sumpter is at the upper left.

“The Lord shall fill us with every spiritual blessing.”

Ephesians 1:3

Hopefully you have lights, phones, computers, etc. restored by this time, and the storm has made you more grateful for God’s mercies and His provisions, and for His beauty of nature.

Black History Month

We give credit to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson chose February for reasons of tradition and reform. It is commonly said that he chose February to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. He built Negro History Week around traditional days of commemorating the black past. The 1960s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the Association for the study of African American Life and history used its influence to institutionalize the shifts from a week to a month and from Negro history to black history. Woodson died in 1950.

What if America had no black people?

There are very few crops that would have flourished because the nation was built on a slave support system.

There would be no cities with tall skyscrappers because Alexander Mills, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty in reaching higher floors.

There would be few, if any cars, because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gear shift, Joseph Gamble, also black, invented the super charge system for internal combustion engines, and Garret A. Morgan, another black man, invented the traffic signals.

One could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.

Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they would be cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.

There would be few if any newspapers, magazines, and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, Lee Barrage invented the typewriting machine, W.A. Love invented the advanced printing press, and they were all black.

Even if Americans could write their letters, articles, and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the postmarking and canceling machine, William Purveys invented the hand stamp and Phillip Downing invented the letter drop.

Joseph Smith invented the lawn sprinkler and John Burr invented the lawn mower.

Frederick Johns invented the air conditioner, and Alice Parker invented the heating furnace. Lewis Lattimer invented the electric lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern and Granville T. Woods invented the automatic cut off switch.

Thomas W. Steward invented the mop and Lloyd P. Ray the dust pan.

Jan E. Matzelinger invented the shoe lasting machine, Walter Sammons invented the comb, Sarah Boone invented the ironing board, and George T. Samon invented the clothes dryer.

John Standazrd invented the refrigerator.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “By the time we leave for work, millions of Americans have depended on inventions from the minds of blacks.” There are also many other inventions by blacks not mentioned here.

Black History Parade

Don’t forget that the 32nd annual Black History Parade is scheduled for tomorrow at 1 p.m. The lineup begins at 11 a.m. on the boulevard. Anyone interested in participating, contact Carretha Vereen at 833-3070, Abie Ladson at 843-708-8865, Odell Ruffin at 843-359-6521 or Lillie Jean Johnson at 843-546-6307.

Love Chapel Deliverance Church

There will be an outreach revival at Love Chapel Deliverance Church, March 5, 6, and 7. Wednesday and Thursday services begin at 7 p.m. and Friday’s service begins at 7:30 p.m. Evangelist Antoine Lawrence of Myrtle Beach will be the speaker for all three nights. For more information call 843-240-0676. Apostle Richard Frazier is the overseer, and Evangelist Avis Frazier is the pastor.

Howard AME Church

Please worship with me at Howard AME Church in the Gemantown community of McClellanville for their Black History Program on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. I will be speaking according to the theme, “Are your eyes still on the prize?” You may call Mrs. Clara Gadsden, the chairperson at 527-2345. Reverend Merrie Lee Salley is the pastor.


Don’t forget to join me on Saturday on 1470 AM WLMC radio station for our youth program at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. for Sunday with Gloria. There will be prayers offered for all that listen.

Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, city and county workers and all who have worked so hard to restore various outages and property damages. Most of all, let us pray for one another. May God bless and keep you until we meet again.


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