“It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.” ~ George Washington Carver
Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” -George Washington Carver
My sister organized a talent show at a school one year and in an effort to add educational value to the mix and sell the school’s administrators on the idea she added a Black History Month Quiz. Maybe 10 questions were asked and prizes were given for the correct answer.
Time after time they answer my fellow New York City teens gave was “George Washington Carver” even after he was used as an answer already. Yeah, I know…
Black History Month should be called George Washington Carver Month while Carter G. Woodson’s ghost still toils in obscurity.
My white teachers in school used to tell me Carver invented peanut butter as if that made him the most relevant great Black American in February.
He didn’t even invent peanut butter!
“Peanut butter was invented and reinvented many times during history. Peanuts were known as early as 950 B.C. and originated in South America. The ancient Incas used peanuts and were known to have made it into a paste-like substance. As a crop peanuts emigrated from South America to Africa by early explorers and then traveled by trade into Spain who then traded the product to the American colonies.” -wiki.answers.com
Carver never patented peanut butter and “by 1914, many companies were making peanut butter.”
Not to diminish this man’s efforts let it be known Carver was quite possible the freshest and the greenest of his time.
Carver’s scientific discoveries included more than 300 different products derived from the peanut, some 100 from sweet potatoes, about 75 from pecans, and many more including crop rotation.
The crop rotation alone was so important it allowed farmers to prevent depletion of the soil from the damaging effects of only planting a cash crop like cotton.
This was done in the service of Black people and humanity. For 47 years carver taught the formerly enslaved how to be self sufficient through agriculture.
He was frugal [read cheap]. By the time he died Carver amassed over $60,000, which he donated the entire sum to the George Washington Carver Museum. Hey what’s greener than saving your green!
So enough with the peanut butter already!