Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.


Black History is American History: Part 3

Black History Collage

I’m not sure what middle school teaches our children about history, black or simple American history.  I know that everyone knows about Dr. Martin Luther King and the accomplishments he achieved before his assassination.  I want to give attention to some of those who have impacted our lives in a major way who happen to be black.

I talked with Tyler to find out what he has learned this year about black history month and I got the same response.  He gave me information about Dr. Martin Luther King, what a surprise.  I take nothing away from Dr. King and his legacy, his noble peace prize and the many lives he changed because of his non-violence civil rights movement, but there are many others who go unnoticed year after year and they literally changed they way we live our lives.

 Here’s a list of 10 African American Inventors

  • Elijah McCoy (1843-1929) invented an oil dripping cups for trains.  This is where the expression “the real McCoy came from.
  • Lewis Latimer (1848-1928) invented an important part of the light bulb -the carbon filament.  Latimer worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.
  • Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852-1889) invented a shoe making machine that increased shoe making speed by 900%!  In 1992 the U.S. made a postage stamp in honor of Matzeliger.
  • Granville T. Woods (1865-1910) invented a train-to=station communication system.  Woods left school at the age of 10 to work and support his family.
  • George Washington Carver (1860-1943) scientist, botanist, educator and inventor,developed peanut butter and  over 100 products made from peanuts, including cosmetics, dyes, paints, plastics, gasoline and nitroglycerin, and 400 plant products.  Carver was born a slave.  He didn’t go to college until he was 30.
  • Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) Invented a hair-growing lotion.  Walker grew up poor.  But she became the first female African American millionaire.
  • Garrett Morgan (1877-1963) Garrett Morgan invented the gas mask, and the first traffic signal.  Morgan only received an elementary school education.
  • Otis Boykin (1920-1982) invented the electronic control device for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the pacemaker.  Boykin invented 28 different electronic devices.
  • Dr. Patricia E. Bath (1949- ) invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see.  Dr. Bath has been nominated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Lonnie G. Johnson (1949-) invented the world-famous water gun, the Super soaker.

These are all great inventions that made our lives easier.  They were created by Americans that happen to be black.  Everyone has a gift inside of them and something special to leave as their individual mark.  Make sure you share this information with your pre-teen, so they too can know that there is no limit to what they can do to move America and the world forward into the future.

With love from one mom to another,

your friend D.W.

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2 Comments on “Black History is American History: Part 3”

  • Darlene Rogers February 20th, 2014 3:22 pm

    D.W. Im certain this wonderful information is not in our education system however as parents its our responsibility to make sure its known. Thank you for spreading a bit of Pride. Im sure my son is very appreciative of Mr. Morgan for inventing the gas mask as he just completed boot camp.:)

  • Denise February 20th, 2014 3:47 pm

    Darlene I appreciate your encouragement I care about others and look to encourage when I can.

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