Black History Month: Day 14 – The Man Who Opened Our Hearts

Today in Travelbox History Corner, I wanted to honor a man notable for his "gifted hands." He is a pioneer as a surgeon, performing one of the most legendary surgeries in modern medical history. I am of course, talking about... Dr. Daniel Hale Williams. (Did you think I was talking about someone else?) Daniel Hale … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 14 – The Man Who Opened Our Hearts

Black History Month: Day 13 – The Real McCoy

Elijah J. McCoy was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most having to do with the lubrication of steam engines. In 1872 he designed a “lubricating cup” that distributed oil evenly over an engine's moving parts. Though other inventors made an effort to sell their own models of … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 13 – The Real McCoy

Black History Month: Day 12 – Jesse Owens Goes to Germany and finds Brotherhood

Jesse Owens was a track and field athlete who became the first American in Olympic Track and Field history to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  This record was unrivaled until Carl Lewis matched Owens' feat nearly 50 years later at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 12 – Jesse Owens Goes to Germany and finds Brotherhood

Black History Month: Day 11 – The Immortal Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and unknowingly became the progenitor of the HeLa cell line, one of the most important cell lines in medical research ever discovered. Her immortal cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 11 – The Immortal Henrietta Lacks

Black History Month: Day 10 – The Brutal Murder of Emmett Till

I thought about omitting this entry into the Travelbox History Corner, but recent events changed my mind.  Though Emmett Till was not the first victim of racist terrorism in the American south, but his murder galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. While visiting family in Money, Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, was … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 10 – The Brutal Murder of Emmett Till

Black History Month: Day 8 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Keeping in line with yesterday's musical theme, today we'll be discussing one of the unsung pioneers of rock and roll. Most people associate the birth of rock and roll with artists like Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley. But much of history leaves out the woman known as "The Godmother of Rock and Roll" … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 8 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Black History Month: Day 6 – Ruby Bridges

Good morning, Travelbox fans! Yesterday, I shared with you the story of Charles Hamilton Houston, the man whose decades long strategy led directly to the racial integration of American schools.  Today I wanted to share with you the story of a little girl who was the very first beneficiary of that legacy.  Her name is Ruby Bridges. … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 6 – Ruby Bridges