You don't know where you're going until you know where you've been...
Every four years we have the opportunity to enjoy an extra day in February. A 29th day in February means an extra day to reflect on Black History month.
View Woman's ultimate goal is to empower and to create a positive image. In a world where race is still a relevant issue, we can only hope that our presence is creating thought provoking conversations that lead to change.
Black History month was originally created as Negro History week in February 1926 to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Achievements of African Americans are the reason for the time of reflection. Great or small - any feat accomplished to further the advancement of our presence in our country is worth celebrating.
We admonish you to continue to uncover those that have served in your local community. Once you've discovered something or someone, don't forget to share what you've found.
It's been several centuries since we were first planted in an unknown land without our consent. The sacrifices that were made by many became their life sentence. It is up to us to make sure those sacrifices are not forgotten. We've come a long way from being owned like property; from regularly beaten, raped, and murdered for no other reason than being black; from being forbidden to educate ourselves; from being unable to own our own land and work for ourselves, but there is still work to do.
Always be a part of the solution, strive to make changes in your own community, and be proud of who you are and where you've come from.
Did you know that there are many people within our local communities that have contributed to the advancement of our race? Many times when celebrating Black History we may unknowingly look over those that served within our own towns and cities.
Check out some facts about Longview's first and only hospital for blacks and one of the first black doctors to work in the city.
Camp Normal Industrial Hospital was Gregg County's designated medical facility for African Americans before the Civil Rights Act. Blacks were not allowed to be seen in hospitals with whites. The hospital was established in the late 1930s and the building still remains in it's original location at 506 West Methvin Street.
The doctor that was chosen to serve the black community was Dr. William Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell was a native of Dangerfield. He completed his undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M and received an MD and PhD at University of Galveston where he finished fourth in his class.
Be inspired to continue to delve into the history of your own. You never know what jewels you will discover!