Black History – The “Real” McCoy

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We have lots of Canadian Blog Readers/Fans, so to Celebrate the annual month long celebration and highlighting of Black History and accomplishments in Canada, we also provide Canadian Black History.

Elijah McCoy (courtesy Library and Archives Canada/nlc-11320)

Elijah McCoy, The “Real” McCoy

Born in Colchester, Ontario, to self-freed parents from Kentucky, Elijah McCoy received his higher education as a mechanical engineer in Scotland. After his training, he chose to live in Detroit, Michigan, where he became concerned about the injuries and deaths caused when workers attempted to lubricate moving machinery. Many of these workers were young Black boys employed in the position because they were small and agile. McCoy developed a self-lubricating device with a drip cup, which revolutionized industry. The device allowed the gradual and constant release of oil, which allowed machines to work continuously without having to be stopped to be lubricated—and without anyone having to risk life and limb to apply oil while machines remained in operation. The device had a range of applications, from locomotives to industry.

McCoy’s first drip cup invention was patented on July 12, 1872. The drip cup device was so effective and so highly regarded that other manufacturers copied it. However, none worked as well as McCoy’s invention. Canadian and American railroaders asked for it by name as the “real McCoy,” giving rise to the expression denoting authenticity. McCoy went on to own his own firm. He filed 57 other patents in Canada and the United States, including a folding ironing board and a lawn sprinkler.

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Black History Fact – Mathieu DaCosta Canadian Stamp Issued

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Mathieu DaCosta Black History Stamp Image © 2017 Canadian Postal Service. All rights reserved.

We have lots of Canadian Blog Readers/Fans, so to Celebrate the annual month long celebration and highlighting of Black History and accomplishments in Canada, we provide Canadian Black History.

The new stamp, released to start off 2017 Black History Month, shows an artistic interpretation of Mathieu DaCosta the first known black man to set foot in Canada.

Mathieu DaCosta was an African from the Benin Empire of West Africa hired as a translator for French explorers to the New World.  Although he may have arrived earlier, the first actual record of his presence in Canada was with voyages of  Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, and Samuel de Champlain in the 1600’s.

The first official record shows him under contract to sail with Dugua in 1608 acting as interpreter for three years. It is thought that he could speak Dutch, English, French, Portuguese and a pidgin Basque.

As no image exists of DaCosta, designer Andrew Perro and illustrator Ron Dollekamp worked closely with Canadian historical illustrator and storyboard artist Francis Back to ensure the period clothing and sailing ship reflect DaCosta’s time and socio-economic milieu.

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Black History – The “Lone Ranger”

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Bass Reeves, First Deputy U.S. Marshall West of the Mississippi River

 

It is believed that the “Lone Ranger” was inspired by the African American First Deputy U.S. Marshall West of the Mississippi River, Bass Reeves. He was born a slave in Crawford County, Arkansas.

 

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When the Civil War ended, freedmen came West with the hope of a better life where the demand for skilled labor was high. These African Americans made up at least a quarter of the legendary cowboys who lived dangerous lives facing weather, rattlesnakes, and outlaws while they slept under the stars driving cattle herds to market.

In 1875, Judge Isaac Parker hired Bass Reeves as one of 200 Deputy Marshals in the Oklahoma Territory sent out to tame “Indian Country,” and this is how he acquired his Indian companion.

He worked mostly in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory. Like the Lone Ranger, he was a master of disguise, had a Native American companion, was an expert marksman, and rode a large gray (almost silver) horse. He was 6’2”, 190 pounds with broad shoulders and was larger than most men during that era.  It is noted that he wore a trademark black hat and wore twin .45 Colt pistols and used the cross-draw style. He also gave silver dollars as his calling card.

Reeves stated that he had brought in 3,000 living felons and had only killed 14 outlaws in self-defense.

According to Lt. Dan Marcou (www.policeone.com), the lengthy and glowing obituary for this universally respected former slave turned U.S. Deputy Marshal described him as “absolutely fearless and knowing no master, but duty.”

Sources: Wikipedia.com; pbs.org/black-culture; and policeone.com

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Black History Fact – Dorothy Height Stamp Issued

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Yesterday, February 1, 2017, was the first day of issue for Dorothy Height stamp, the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage Forever series. Dorothy Height is the 15th African American woman to appear in the series.

Dorothy Height (1912-2010) was a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. She dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Dorothy Height received the nation’s two highest civilian honors for her work, the Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

Dorothy Height was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.

She served as national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 1947 to 1956; was the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; and an honored guest at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, where she was seated on stage.

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Celebrating Black History Month 2017 with Cheryl Holloway

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Black History Month – Throughout the month of February, I will spotlight various books, facts, information and quotes for Black History Month. They will have the image below on the page. I am planning some interesting blog posts.

This morning I watched The View and the guest was Michael Eric Dyson and he was discussing his new book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.  He spoke of our “First Toddler Presidency.” It was a very interesting comment and observation. What are your thoughts?

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