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October Black History Month - Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott is the first African Caribbean woman elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom.  As a member of Parliament (MP), she was a representative in the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament. It is obviously for the common people unlike the upper house, the House of Lords (the Senate).  

As a MP she has had to apologize several times for making comments about White European racism.  She apologizes but does not back down when comments are needed.  The inability to receive proper healthcare from non-African providers, Britain’s involvement in the creation of racism, not be able to get a taxi… are some of the comments which she has come under attack.  

Diane is founder of the London Schools and the Black Child initiative, which aims to raise educational achievement levels amongst Black children. She hosts an annual conference for educators, children and their parents and an annual academic awards ceremony. 

In 2008 Ms. Abbott was awarded the Spectator/Threadneedle Speech of the Year Award and a Human Rights Award from Liberty. 



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October Black History Month - Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott is the first African Caribbean woman elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom.  As a member of Parliament (MP), she was a representative in the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament. It is obviously for the common people unlike the upper house, the House of Lords (the Senate).  

As a MP she has had to apologize several times for making comments about White European racism.  She apologizes but does not back down when comments are needed.  The inability to receive proper healthcare from non-African providers, Britain’s involvement in the creation of racism, not be able to get a taxi… are some of the comments which she has come under attack.  

Diane is founder of the London Schools and the Black Child initiative, which aims to raise educational achievement levels amongst Black children. She hosts an annual conference for educators, children and their parents and an annual academic awards ceremony. 

In 2008 Ms. Abbott was awarded the Spectator/Threadneedle Speech of the Year Award and a Human Rights Award from Liberty. 

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131018/news/news2.html

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Today in Black History - September 30, 1975

Virgie M. Ammons received patent number 3,908,633 for her invention of the “Fireplace Damper Actuating Tool”. Inside the fireplace chimney is a damper which opens and closes to allow smoke from the fireplace to be drawn upward out of the house. Ammons invention allowed the damper to be locked in the closed position, preventing cold air and dust from blowing down the chimney back into the house. Other than the fact that she was born in Eglon, West Virginia, little is known about her life.

Virgie M. Ammons (Fireplace Damper)

http://www.google.com/patents/US3908633

Today in Black History - September 30, 1975

Virgie M. Ammons received patent number 3,908,633 for her invention of the “Fireplace Damper Actuating Tool”. Inside the fireplace chimney is a damper which opens and closes to allow smoke from the fireplace to be drawn upward out of the house. Ammons invention allowed the damper to be locked in the closed position, preventing cold air and dust from blowing down the chimney back into the house. Other than the fact that she was born in Eglon, West Virginia, little is known about her life.

Virgie M. Ammons (Fireplace Damper)

http://www.google.com/patents/US3908633

Today in Black History - October 1, 1952

Joseph Black became the first Black pitcher to win a World Series game when he pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 4 to 2 victory over the New York Yankees. Black was born February 8, 1924 in Plainfield, New Jersey and won a baseball scholarship to Morgan State University where he graduated in 1950. Black was called up to the major leagues in 1952 and was chosen National League Rookie of the Year after winning 15 games and saving 15 others. That year was the highlight of his five year major league career and he retired with a record of 30 wins and 12 losses. After his playing career ended, Black worked in the baseball commissioner’s office advising players on career choices and became an executive with the Greyhound Bus Company. He also wrote a syndicated column “By The Way” for Ebony magazine as well as an autobiography, “Ain’t Nobody Better Than You,” which was published in 1983. Black died May 17, 2002. His biography, “Meet the Real Joe Black,” was published in 2010. Also in 2010, the Washington Nationals began to annually present the Joe Black Award to a Washington area organization chosen for its work promoting baseball in African American communities. The award recognizes Black as the first African American player on the Washington Senators. 

Black helped the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues win two championships in seven years. He and Jackie Robinson pushed for a pension plan for Negro League players and was instrumental in the inclusion of players who played before 1944 Black then played for a year in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor league system.
~E .Walker

Today in Black History - October 1, 1952

Joseph Black became the first Black pitcher to win a World Series game when he pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 4 to 2 victory over the New York Yankees. Black was born February 8, 1924 in Plainfield, New Jersey and won a baseball scholarship to Morgan State University where he graduated in 1950. Black was called up to the major leagues in 1952 and was chosen National League Rookie of the Year after winning 15 games and saving 15 others. That year was the highlight of his five year major league career and he retired with a record of 30 wins and 12 losses. After his playing career ended, Black worked in the baseball commissioner’s office advising players on career choices and became an executive with the Greyhound Bus Company. He also wrote a syndicated column “By The Way” for Ebony magazine as well as an autobiography, “Ain’t Nobody Better Than You,” which was published in 1983. Black died May 17, 2002. His biography, “Meet the Real Joe Black,” was published in 2010. Also in 2010, the Washington Nationals began to annually present the Joe Black Award to a Washington area organization chosen for its work promoting baseball in African American communities. The award recognizes Black as the first African American player on the Washington Senators. 

Black helped the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues win two championships in seven years. He and Jackie Robinson pushed for a pension plan for Negro League players and was instrumental in the inclusion of players who played before 1944 Black then played for a year in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor league system.
~E .Walker

This Month in Black History - October 2014

Beginning 1 October 2014 and ending 31 October 2014, Pan-African Black History Month 2014 will be celebrated with Africa’s Children in the United Kingdom and West Indies.  There Black History Month is October.  After all it was Sister  +QUEENIE CEE that rendered the inspiration for celebrating Black History Month on Google Plus.  

Each day in October we will pay honor to history given by one of Africa’s children in diaspora in the United Kingdom and/or the West Indies.  We hope Sister +QUEENIE CEE will share her expertise as she is from England.  

Much to Come

The Scottsboro Boys London - Opens October 2014

The Scottsboro Boys Highlights

This Month in Black History - October 2014

Beginning 1 October 2014 and ending 31 October 2014, Pan-African Black History Month 2014 will be celebrated with Africa’s Children in the United Kingdom and West Indies.  There Black History Month is October.  After all it was Sister  +QUEENIE CEE that rendered the inspiration for celebrating Black History Month on Google Plus.  

Each day in October we will pay honor to history given by one of Africa’s children in diaspora in the United Kingdom and/or the West Indies.  We hope Sister +QUEENIE CEE will share her expertise as she is from England.  

Much to Come

The Scottsboro Boys London - Opens October 2014

The Scottsboro Boys Highlights