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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Unveiling Excellence: The Role of Black Architects in Shaping Skylines

When you gaze up at the architectural marvels that decorate our cities, the blend of concrete and sky that heralds both human achievement and nature's grandeur, have you ever considered the hands that molded these modern-day pyramids? Not just any hands, but those steeped in a rich tapestry of perseverance and creativity, tracing back centuries. This is not just an ode to architects but a revelation about a particular group of architects who've indelibly imprinted the skyline.

You think skyscrapers just shoot out of the ground like some kind of steel bamboo, huh? Or maybe you think they're hatched, fully formed, from golden eggs laid by futuristic cranes. Nah, these architectural symphonies—these skyline stalwarts—they have architects. But not just any architects. I'm talking about Black architects. Yep, these creators take more than just bricks and mortar to mold the silhouettes of our cities; they imbue them with history, courage, and resilience.

Picture your morning coffee. Whether you grab it from the corner café with the snobbish barista who insists on calling it an "Americano" or you brew it yourself to the soft whirring of a Keurig, there's a habit in there, a ritual. Now imagine if each sip reminded you of the marvels of our cityscapes, specifically, the contributions of Black architects. How, you ask? By seeing that cup as half full, not of coffee, but of untold stories, of underrepresented talent.

Mind blown? Let me turn that notch of awe up a little. Ever heard of Norma Merrick Sklarek? She was the first African American woman architect licensed in New York and California and the first female fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She was essentially the Aretha Franklin of architecture, belting out hits like the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Queen of Soul meets Queen of Skylines. You'll find yourself humming "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" the next time you walk past a towering structure, I guarantee it.

So, let's weave this into a narrative, shall we? Imagine a young girl, perhaps your daughter, niece, or simply a curious kid next door. She's mesmerized by the tall buildings she sees in a magazine. Each page flip is punctuated by her wide-eyed "wows" and "awesomes." Then she stumbles upon a feature about Norma Merrick Sklarek or Paul Revere Williams—another legendary Black architect—and suddenly, her "wows" gain depth. Her eyes see possibilities, her mind imagines a future, and her heart soaks up the pride of representation. This is the magic of unveiling excellence. It's not merely the role of Black architects in shaping skylines; it's their role in shaping dreams, aspirations, and yes, even morning coffee musings.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

1619: The Beginning - Unearthing the Untold Stories of the First Africans in America

In 1619, an English ship named the White Lion arrived on the shores of Point Comfort, in present-day Virginia. Its cargo marked a pivotal moment in American history: the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans. The stories of these resilient individuals deserve to be shared, remembered, and celebrated.

At the heart of any untold story lies the power of connection. As we embark on this journey to understand the experiences of the first Africans in America, we recognize the importance of shedding light on the resilience, determination, and courage of those who faced a new and uncertain world.

These early African arrivals came from diverse backgrounds, each with their own unique stories. Some were skilled laborers, artisans, and musicians, while others were farmers and herders. Yet, they all shared a common experience: being forcibly removed from their homes and transported across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the transatlantic slave trade.

As we delve into the lives of these individuals, we also uncover the resilience that allowed them to adapt and survive in an unfamiliar land. From creating new communities to maintaining their cultural traditions, these first Africans in America laid the foundation for generations to come.

One such story is that of Angela, an African woman who arrived in Virginia in 1619. Although not much is known about her life, we do know that she was one of the first documented Africans in the English colonies. Her presence serves as a reminder of the thousands of African men, women, and children who arrived on these shores, each with their own untold stories.

Despite the hardships they faced, the first Africans in America contributed significantly to the development of the English colonies. They brought with them valuable knowledge, skills, and traditions, which were woven into the fabric of colonial society. Over time, their descendants would continue to shape the nation's cultural, social, and economic landscape.

As we look back on the events of 1619, we are reminded that these untold stories are an integral part of our collective history. By understanding and sharing these narratives, we can honor the legacy of the first Africans in America and inspire future generations to cherish the rich tapestry of our nation's past.

Let us continue to unearth the untold stories of the first Africans in America and ensure that their resilience, determination, and courage are never forgotten. Together, we can celebrate their legacy and create a future where everyone's story is heard, appreciated, and acknowledged.

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