• Patterson-Greenfield

The Patterson’s of Greenfield, Ohio, were an African-American family who, beginning in 1915, manufactured automobiles, buses, and trucks. They called their line the ‘Patterson-Greenfield’ and produced vehicles until the 1930s, when they could no longer compete with the large Detroit companies.

The family was established by Charles Richard Patterson, a blacksmith who escaped from slavery in West Virginia just before the Civil War by running away to freedom in Ohio. He bought into a blacksmith business, took it over, and founded the Charles R. Patterson Carriage Co. which built various horse-drawn vehicles beginning in the 1860s.

Oustanding Work by Dakota Jones

Check out Dakota’s poster on a new billboard for the @Kennethcole HIV awareness campaign. They partnered with the amazing @rushphilanthropic to let#rushkids create these beautiful posters that will be around NYC!!!! This one’s at 3rd and St.Marks in BK. The students at Rush are immensely talented so look out for their work. You can learn more about Dakota and his fellow artists at forgood.kennethcole.com Dakota and his poster2-15

February-Promoting Our Own: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

Ibrahim 2014Experienced in the civic, public, and private sectors with an interest and passion for sustainability and technology. Skilled public speaker, facilitator, project manager, policy analyst, consultant, community organizer, fundraiser, and writer.

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin uses one book for everything – poetry, notes, essays, unpublished fiction, lists, and no-cost therapy. He is the author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet and contributor to All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim.



A Father’s Advice: You Will Never Be Ready To Be A Parent, You Just Have To Be Up To The Challenge

My finished Contributions Please Enjoy!!

My contributions to    http://www.blackpast.org/


Brown, Gayleatha Beatrice (1947-2013)

Hatter, Hamilton (1856-1942)

Holloway, Anne Forrester (1941- 2006)

Leslie M. Alexander (1948- )

Riley, Jerome R. (1840-1929)

Stanfield, Sylvia Gaye (1943- )

Watson, Barbara Mae (1918-1983)

See more at: http://www.blackpast.org

New Careers Corner: for Our young people to think about!

I’ll be posting different careers for our youth to think about and you adults out there that feel you are stuck in a rut!

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.”                [M. Williamson, 2014]

A SCRUM Master

(Might sound kinda funny but… it’s new world out there with new ways of doing things)  a better way of working –

There is a defined curriculum for all Professional Scrum courses and certifications.What is Scrum? Scrum is a way for teams to work together to develop a product. Product development, using Scrum, occurs in small pieces, with each piece building upon previously created pieces. Building products one small piece at a time encourages creativity and enables teams to respond to feedback and change, to build exactly and only what is needed.

More specifically, Scrum is a simple framework for effective team collaboration on complex projects. Scrum provides a small set of rules that create just enough structure for teams to be able to focus their innovation on solving what might otherwise be an insurmountable challenge. 

However, Scrum is much more than a simple framework. Scrum supports our need to be human at work: to belong, to learn, to do, to create and be creative, to grow, to improve, and to interact with other people. In other words, Scrum leverages the innate traits and characteristics in people to allow them to do great things together. read more at   https://www.scrum.org/Courses/Scaled-Professional-Scrum

Met a New Friend who knew our people in Nebraska

Her name is Lyn Messersmith and her  weekly column appears in two local papers, Sheridan County Journal Star, and Valentine Nebraska,  Midland News. Once a month in Cattle Business Weekly

She’s an excellent writer, and It’s my privilege and honor to have her permission to  reproduce her writings from time to time.

Here’s her 2/25/15 Post

The Lay of the Land

By Lyn Messersmith

Judgment Calls

My friend and I enjoy interacting with audiences after presenting programs for the Nebraska Humanities Council. Often we hear pioneer tales or are reunited with people from our pasts, and whenever we mention the places we hail from, somebody asks if we know this or that person in those hometowns.

Recently, during a story about lady bronc rider, Tad Lucas, I added that I too am a native of Cherry County. A frail looking woman came up later to tell me her daughter had connections with a family in Cherry County.

“Yes, I know them,” I replied, preparing to add what good folks they are. But she wanted to convey a message of her own.

“Well, they’re Catholic, you know,” she said. “I’m a Protestant. My faith has kept me going through the loss of my husband, but my kids, well, some of them are following the right path but others I’m working on them.”

It was hard to listen politely as her discourse became even more judgmental.  But, I’ve learned that when someone so opinionated gets going, about all that’s required of me is an occasional; “Hmmm, I see,” or, “I’m sure it will turn out ok.”

Then, a man approached Deb with a response to her mention of having taught school on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

“Those Indians, they don’t believe in God, do they?”

Deb has a profound respect for Native Americans and their spirituality. As she carefully began to explain some of those concepts, the man interrupted her several times.

“I mean they don’t believe in God the right way, not like we do, isn’t that right?”

Eventually, I think both of them called a truce, knowing this wasn’t going anywhere good. We usually come away from a performance energized and uplifted, full of new ideas, and reassured that, after all, is said and done, humans are more alike than different. This time felt like we traveled home under a cloud of sadness. But nothing happens by mistake, and the lesson I took from those encounters is this.

Most of us take for granted that everyone else thinks like we do, or if not, then they are wrong, and we argue our points. We apply this to virtually all aspects of life. It’s the reason we say things like, “How could she do that?” “I can’t figure how they live that way,” or “It’s about what you’d expect of a …” (fill in the blanks with Republican, Liberal, Hispanic, lawyer, teenager, man, blonde)

When we say those things, we reveal ourselves, our conceit, prejudices, ignorance, arrogance, and most of all, our fears because, above all, we fear being different. In our minds, different equals wrong, and in order for someone to be right, someone else has to be wrong. The rise of global terrorism undoubtedly bears that mark.

The woman who fears Catholicism, never thought to wonder if I might be Catholic, and if so, whether her comments would hurt me. The man who denigrated Native American spirituality might well have been speaking to someone of that descent. Deb’s hair and eyes are dark, and she carries herself with that sort of proud grace common to our First Nation friends.

I’ve been in groups with someone whose family members live an alternate lifestyle while a person in the room made scornful comments about gay marriage. I also listened to rants about low life criminals, knowing that the woman in the seat next to me has a  incarcerate son.

Surely we can be true to our personal values without making mean-spirited comments. I’m still a little off center by recent encounters with judgmental people, likely because I too need to work on self-righteousness.

My children’s father had a saying, not letting one’s mouth overload another part of the anatomy. We all do that. We can all do better.

February Birthdays, Anniversaries and Remebrances

Birth Anniversaries: February

19 Feb
Albert D Thompkins – 1922
Tennessee ‘Tennie’ Elizabeth Miser – 1872

21 Feb 
Beatrice Mitchell – 1936
22 Feb
Dennis Elehugh Walker – 1972
Philip Amos Johnston – 1929
Samuel Richard Robbins – 1910
G. William Cross – 1887
Samuel Richard Robbins -1910 
G. William Cross – 1887 
Lt George W Hatter – 1846
23 Feb 

Amy Ross – 1893
25 Feb 
Clifford L Tymony Jr – 1984
Louis Hale Morton – 19**
Barbara Ann Hatter – 1942
Leroy Haynes  – 1898
26 Feb 
Gerald H Tymony – 1987
27 Feb
Kelly Ray Brooks – 19**
Fanny “Ethelda” Robbins – 1920
Mary Alice Beaird – 1892
Catherine Louisa Hatter – 1871
28 Feb 
 Rochelle R. Watkins19**
 Norman Hatter – 1906
 Henry DePriest – 1865
 Charlotte Riley – 1929
 Norman Hatter – 1906
 Henry DePriest – 1865
 Silas Y. Birch – 1858

Wedding anniversaries

24 Feb                                                                                                                                                                               Tip Brooks & Roxie Woodson – 1973                                                                                                                    Boris & Kelly Ferrell – 1997

25  Feb                                                                                                                                                                          Kenneth Marvin Hayes & Georgia Jewell McAfee – 1947

28 Feb                                                                                                                                                    Samuel Emanuel & Laura L Kersey – 1875

Death anniversaries

18   Feb                                                                                                                                                                       Roberta A. Beaird – 1999

22  Feb                                                                                                                                                                        Dennis Elehugh Walker – 1972                                                                                                                  Philip Amos Johnston – 1929 

24   Feb                                                                                                                                                                     Mary Ellen Pegg – 1956

25  Feb                                                                                                                                                                           Clifford L Tymony Jr. – 1984                                                                                                                    

28 Feb                                                                                                                                                           Charlotte Riley – 1929 

Black History Month – Did you know?

Our Great Granduncle
In 1895, with the inauguration of the school for colored people at Bluefield, Mr. Hatter was appointed by Hon. Virgil A. Lewis to head the institution and served as principal for the first ten years of its history. Beginning with nothing, he practically created Bluefield Colored Institute. He was superintendent of the building, managed the school and taught at the same time. Sometimes even after that, he had to take his turn at guarding the property at night.

I just found out today that:

1) In 1893, he also received the patent for a machine that would improve the harvest process Indian corn more efficiently!

2) Bluefield College in Mercer County, WV has named their Presidents House after Hamilton Hatter and it’s also now a historical landmark (1999).

In 1895, with the inauguration of the school for colored people at Bluefield, Mr. Hatter was appointed by Hon. Virgil A. Lewis to the head of the institution and served as principal for the first ten years of its history. Beginning with nothing, he practically created Bluefield Colored Institute. He was superintendent of the building, managed the school and taught at the same time. Sometimes even after that, he had to take his turn at guarding the property at night. I just found out today that: In 1893, he also received the patent for a harvest machine that would process Indian corn more efficiently!  Bluefield College in Mercer County, WV named their Presidents House after Hamilton Hatter and it's now a historical landmark (1999).

All the Black Newspapers

African American News & Issues
This paper is Texas’ widest circulated and read newspaper with a Black perspective. This is a weekly newspaper and site visitors can find current and archived issues online.

Afro American Newspaper
This newspaper is the leading news provider for African Americans in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and the longest running African American, family-owned newspaper in the US.

Atlanta Daily World
Full of top stories, classified and much more, this African American newspaper is full of relevant information pertinent to the Black communities.

Atlanta Tribune
This publication is Black Atlanta’s leading source for business, careers, technology and wealth-building.

The Atlanta Voice
The newspaper has the largest audited and circulated newspaper reaching the most diverse African American market in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Baltimore Times
With many different sections to choose from, such as news, editorials, sports, lifestyles, etc, this is a comprehensive newspaper for the African American community.

Bay Drum
This publication has been the online information network serving the African American community in the Northern California/Bay Area since 1989.

Birmingham Times
Part of the BlackPressUSA network, this newspaper provides a wealth of various information bits for the Black community.

This online newspaper is owned by Diversity City Media, and features daily news and celebrity photos. Also, features columns, and movie/DVD reviews.

Owned by the Huffington Post, this web site features daily news about African American culture. It primarily focuses on entertainment and celebrity content.

Black Star News Online
The Black Star News is New York’s leading investigative newspaper. The great team at BSN makes the publication even possible.

Boston – Bay State Banner
Providing news for the Boston’s Black community members is not all the newspaper does. It also includes editorials and opinions, as well as archives to past issues.

Call and Post Newspapers
A network of newspapers in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus who’s aim is focused on networking, educating and providing economic empowerment to all minority cultures.

Carolina Peacemaker
The Carolina Peacemaker is part of the BlackPressUSA network, and it has served as North Carolina’s leading news weekly since 1967.

Chicago Defender
Now a weekly paper in Chicago, this newspaper was once the only daily Black publication in the country. CNN contributor Roland Martin used to be the publisher.

Chicago Standard Newspapers
Yet another paper that is part of the BlackPressUSA network, Chicago Standard Newspapers provides an array of information for its Black readers.

City Flight
Giving the reader the opportunities to read the archived issues they may have missed, City Flight has many categories to choose from, as well as a “city search” section.

City News – Ohio
Providing a selection of African American categories to choose from, this BlackPressUSA network paper holds a wealth of information for its readers.

Columbus Post
Weekly newspaper based in Columbus Ohio that focuses on local and national African American news and issues.

Daily Digest for African Americans
AKIIT.com is a virtual daily digest for the latest happenings within the African American community. Its weekly columns enlighten the readers on different points of view.

Dallas Post Tribune
This newspaper is the oldest and largest Black-owned newspaper in North Texas. It’s a weekly newspaper that has been in existence since 1947.

Dallas Weekly
This publication serves the African American community through its news, opinion, entertainment, business and religion sections.

This online publication is the Electronic Urban Report for Black entertainment news – including music, film, and television. Run by Lee Baily of Rabercom Enterprises, this site has tons of loyal visitors.

Exodus Online
Informing the Black community with its various categories, including world and national news, entertainment, history, etc, Exodus is an all-encompassing newspaper.

Final Call
The Final Call was founded by Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. Readers can either read online, or they can subscribe to the full print edition.

Ink News Online
The paper is your best source for news about Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana’s Black community. It was incorporated in 2001.

Insight News
Insight News is the journal for community news, business and arts. It was started in 1974 and seeks to provide preferred access to Black consumers for business, agencies and organizations.

Jackson Advocate
This paper is Mississippi’s oldest African American newspaper, and the largest weekly newspaper in the state.

Los Angeles Sentinel
The largest newspaper on the west coast that focuses primarily on African American content. This paper was recently acquired by The Baker Group – a black-owned real estate developer.

The Metro Herald
Based in Alexandria, VA, this is the only black-owned newspaper in Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is distributed to local schools, libraries, businesses, and even to Congress.

The Miami Times
This publication is the largest minority-owned newspaper in the Southeast United States. It reports on African American issues in South Florida and nationally.

Michigan Chronicle
The Michigan Chronicle is the state’s most respected African American publication. It is an award winning publication that was founded in 1936.

Milwaukee Courier
This newspaper provides news, op-ed, sports, and classifieds, among other things, to its African American community of readers.

Mississippi Link
The paper is the first African American publication in Mississippi made available via the World Wide Web, a leading source of urban, rural, and community news.

Monroe Free Press
The Free Press is the voice of the Monroe area African American community. In addition to news and sports, it provides Black facts and local history.

National Association of Black Journalists
NABJ is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

New York Amsterdam News
Part of the BlackUSAPress network, this paper is one of New York’s largest and most influential Black-owned and operated business institutions.

New England Informer
The paper’s mission is to disseminate information to empower Black Americans along the Eastern Sea Board and beyond.

New Journal and Guide
The New Journal and Guide is Virginia’s oldest Black weekly newspaper, proud to be a wholly Black-owned and operated business.

New Pittsburg Courier
The New Pittsburgh Courier is one of the oldest and most prestigious Black newspapers in the United States, established in 1907.

New York Beacon
New York’s finest African American Newspaper is part of the BlackPressUSA network. It provides readers with an array of categories to choose from.

People’s Voice Weekly
The Voice considers it their duty to set the record straight, where issues and events in the African-American communities are concerned.

Philadelphia Tribune
The Tribune includes information in categories including, but not limited to, news headlines, lifestyle, entertainment, and sports.

QBR The Black Book Review
QBR provides an avenue new books and new authors to get recognized. Books are sectioned into genre categories, and reviews are also provided.

Sacramento Observer
This newspaper in Sacramento offers weekly news on African American issues, entertainment, business and more. This paper has won many awards, and is a favorite to many.

San Francisco Bay View
The Bay Review is a national black newspaper that includes front page news, editorial and commentary, and web exclusives, in addition to an assortment of other items of interest.

South Florida Times
This publication is a newspaper that is designed to “Elevate the Dialogue” throughout the African Diaspora. It is the most influential weekly newspaper in South Florida serving the African-American and Caribbean community.

Tennessee Tribune
The Tribune offers a fresh and encouraging look at people and events that are having a positive impact on the African American future.

Launched by Henry Louis Gates and Washington Post, this online newspaper offers socially-conscious and culture-rich content to avid African American readers.

Tri-State Defender
This newspaper is one of the longest, continuously-published African-American papers in the United States. It was very active in the Civil Rights Movement.

Weekly Challenger
Part of the BlackPressUSA network, the Challenger provides African Americans in the St Petersburg, Florida area a newspaper to come to for all their news.

Weekly Press
The Baton Rouge Weekly Press is considered to be the number one minority newspaper in The Greater Baton Rouge area and has served the public for over 31 years.

Westside Gazette
The Gazette is part of the BlackPressUSA network and much of its readership stems from the Ft Lauderdale, Florida area.

Windy City Word
This publication is a weekly newspaper serving the Greater West Side of Chicago since 1991. It projects a positive image of the community it serves.

Find this and much more at this website: http://www.blacknews.com/directory/black_african_american_newspapers.shtml