#TIBH: George Washington Carver

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George Washington Carver (front row, center) with faculty colleagues at the historically Black Tuskegee Institute 1906. Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Today in Black History, George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Missouri in 1864 (or possibly 1861). A pioneering American scientist, Prof. Carver encouraged the diversification of crops in the South using alternatives such as peanuts and soybeans.  He invented over 100 uses for the peanut including gasoline and nitroglycerin. Although Carver never legally married, he was survived by his longtime companion, fellow scientist and Tuskegee professor Austin W. Curtis, Jr.

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Producer/Musician Pharrell Williams

Producer/Musician Pharrell Williams Courtesy RapGenius.com

 

Happy May Day! With the revelation of LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s White supremacist comments, the Supreme Court’s decision to undermine affirmative action and the struggle of NCAA players at Northwestern to exercise their freedom to organize, this is a great day to honor laborers everywhere. This month at The Progress, we are also celebrating Afro-Asian Solidarity Month.

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