In Honor of Black History Month:
Elijah McCoy was one of the most innovative people in American History. McCoy was born in Canada to slaves who had escaped via the Underground Railroad. He was sent to Scotland to study mechanical engineering, then settled in Detroit. When racial prejudice prevented him from being hired as an engineer, McCoy was forced to take a job as a fireman on the Michigan Central Railroad. At that time, all trains had to be stopped periodically so they could be oiled by hand. McCoy developed a device that lubricated machinery automatically while it was still in operations -----Yessssss!. He received a patent for it in 1872. His inventions were soon in use around the world and resulted in the saving of millions of dollars. Others tried but didn't succeed to copy his work. In a phrase that has become a part of the American language, they said they wanted “THE REAL McCOY.”
The Real McCoy, we salute you!!!!
Doyenne Events Spotlight: Smoke and Mirrors: The Secret Life of a Cheater BY KETIMA WHITEHALL ‧ RELEASE DATE: MARCH 31, 2014
Ketima Whitehall is an accountant and CTA certified relationship coach living in Silver Spring, MD. When asked what led her to writing she said "My desire to write fiction is the logical outgrowth of my love of reading. I want to create the stories that pluck readers from their ho-hum lives and transport them to exciting places with exciting people, if only in their minds."
Smoke and Mirrors is Ms. Whitehall's first published work, although she has written several poems and short stories. Ms. Whitehall spends time with her family, which includes two children and four grandchildren.
She can be found on twitter @KetimaW, and on Facebook as Ketima Whitehall. A copy of her book can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Amazon review and my thoughts exactly: Fifty shades of Grey ain't got nothing on this provocative, sizzling hot Novel about the twisted games men and women play with each other. This book had me laughing out loud , cheering , and sitting on the edge of my seat. Wait till you see how it all plays out!!! Bravo, to the author, I am eagerly awaiting a sequel... Cuz I've gotta know what happens next!
I am so proud of you sis, we salute you today!
Robert Smalls (1839-1915) was a Civil War hero; U.S. Congressman. When the Civil War began, Smalls was assigned to the slave crew of a confederate ship called the Planter. On the night of May 13, 1862, while the captain and officers were ashore, Smalls smuggled his wife and five other people abroad and then together with the rest of the 80 man crew, weighed anchor and silently guided the Planter out of the Charleston Harbor. Wearing clothes belonging to the Captain - Smalls steered the vessel past Confederate forces holding Fort Sumter and Morris Island and became an instant hero when he turned the Planter over to the Union Navy. Congress award Smalls and rest of the crew appraised value. Smalls was also made a captain in the Union navy and given command of the Planter. After the war, Smalls was elected to the South Carolina House of Representative and State Senate and, later, to the U.S. Congress.
Today, Doyenne Events spotlights... Dr. Rebecca Dupas as we continue to celebrate contributions made by African Americans throughout #BlackHistoryMonth❤️🖤💚
Dr. Rebecca Dupas is a Louisiana native, an educator, and a recent doctoral graduate. Rebecca is also an award-winning poet whose writing, performance, and contribution to the poetry community has been recognized in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and beyond. Rebecca has published four CDs, two books of original poetry, and a children's book. Rebecca has appeared on Centric, Fox 5, and most recently on C- Span, PBS News, WEAA, and in The Washington Post alongside President Clinton.
Support Rebecca by purchasing her books, "Not Without Black Women" and "Mario Goes to the Museum at rebeccadupas.com. While you’re there make sure to check out my favorite piece, “Dripping'' This engaging poem shows challenges that African American people have to face in the workplace every day. This relates to the many feelings that are suppressed from being black in corporate America.
Dr. Rebeca Dupas, we salute and support you today for all of your future educational and professional endeavors amongst the youth and adults of the community.