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What Black History Month Means to Me, A Matlock Series

February 15, 2013

Here is the third post of our Matlock series, “What Black History Month Means to Me,” (#MatlockBlackHistoryMonth). This one is provided by Pamela Bishop, our VP & Brand Group Director:

What Black History Month means to me…
Black History Month is a two way mirror. It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by our ancestors and predecessors that help us to enjoy the accomplishments of today. It is also a time to re-evaluate my personal contribution to Black History and what I am doing to pave the way for generations to come. Pamela Bishop, VP & Group Director-Brand, Matlock Atlanta.

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Matlock’s Black History Month series spotlights History Maker’s Part 1

February 14, 2013

As we continue our focus on Black History Month, we would like to celebrate a few outstanding African Americans.  History is constantly being made and we here at Matlock want to show our appreciation to those who have played, or are currently playing, a part in shaping American history.  To begin this series, who better to start us off than the first African American female astronaut, Mae Jemison!

As we continue our focus on Black History Month, we would like to celebrate a few outstanding African Americans.  History is constantly being made and we here at Matlock want to show our appreciation to those who have played, or are currently playing, a part in shaping American history.  To begin this series, who better to start us off than the first African American female astronaut, Mae Jemison!

Mae C. Jemison (1956-current)
Mae Jemison is the first African American woman to be admitted to the astronaut training program in 1987 and became the first Black female astronaut when she traveled into space aboard the Endeavor in 1992 as a science mission specialist. Since her retirement from NASA in 1993, Ms. Jemison founded her own company “Jemison Group,” as well as many foundations promoting the uses of arts and science in our everyday lives. Want to learn more about Mae Jemison? Check out http://www.drmae.com; http://www.biography.com/people/mae-c-jemison-9542378

What Black History Month Means to Me, a Matlock Series

February 7, 2013

Cheree Anderson

by Cheree Anderson, Project Coordinator, Matlock Atlanta

In grade school, I learned about our country’s Founding Fathers, I was tested on my knowledge of the first pilgrimages to America. My English lessons introduced me to the great writers and poets of our time. Science class presented a different view of my world and allowed me to experiment with ideas. I was a sponge. I absorbed all of this information and could recite it at will. However, no matter how much knowledge I gained or how “smart” I thought I was, I always felt like I wasn’t as good as some of my fellow classmates.

In 3rd grade all of that changed. This was the first time I can remember actively participating in Black History Month at school. It was then that I learned of the contributions African-Americans (or freed slaves) had made to our modern-age. I was astounded by innovations that would not have been if not for my ancestors. You see, I had countless lessons about the great Thomas Edison… inventor of the light bulb, but it wasn’t until Black History Month that I learned about Lewis Latimer who invented the most important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament. From the cotton gin to the traffic light and everything in between, African-Americans were pioneers in innovation. Learning of my ancestors’ accomplishments motivated me and provided a young Cheree with just the right amount of encouragement to feel like I, too, could do anything I put my mind to.