“Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.” -Benjamin Franklin
“Forethought and temperance are the virtues which produced thrift, and with thrift the economic progress of society. And those are the virtues which today are gravely compromised.” -Adriano Tilgher
A Sister Souljah interview, before she began writing novels…Such poise, intelligence, and strength!
“George Washington Carver was born in Diamond Groove, Missouri, in 1864. He worked his way through Simpson and Iowa State colleges and completed his masters degree. He accepted a position with Iowa University in Iowa City, the first African American to do so. He received a letter from Booker T. Washington asking to join him as they would work together to educate Blacks in the South. George Washington Carver left the comforts and prestige of Iowa University and arrived in Tuskegee, Alabama, where there was little money, few scientific resources, but two men with a vision.
George Washington Carver inspired his students and continued to do research. He helped farmers around the region to rotate their crops, showing them the importance of replenishing the soil. He developed more than 325 products from the peanut and sweet potato. Presidents called him their friend. Scientists from around the world sought his advice and opinion.
In the early 1900s, Thomas Edison offered to pay him $100,000 to work in a laboratory designed to his specifications if he would leave Tuskegee. Henry Ford matched that figure and offered him a job with the Ford Motor Company. Can you imagine what $100,000 would be worth in today’s figures?…
George Washington Carver chose to stay and was committed to empowering Black people in the South. He thought he could be of greater service at Tuskegee. When he died, he was buried next to his friend, Booker T. Washington.” -From, “Sankofa: Stories of Power, Hope, and Joy”
“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader. A boss says ‘Go!’; a leader says ‘Let’s go!'” -E.M. Kelly
Poet, Georgia Douglas Johnson, who was also an educator and at one time a vice principal, opened a literary saloon where artists and activists could share their ideas and their art. She ran this literary saloon that held weekly events for about 40 years.
“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” -Frank Herbert
“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.” -Author Unknown