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The horrific shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, in northern Broward County on Wednesday afternoon, hit much too close to home for me. I had children who graduated from Douglas, and I helped raise the money for the school's football stadium. ...

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African American Transportation History: Mary ‘Stagecoach’ Fields

Mary Fields (c.1832-1914) made transportation history as the first African American woman to deliver the U.S. mail. Fields was born a slave in Tennessee, and she achieved her freedom in 1865 when slavery was abolished in the United States ...

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Philanthropist and Florida Lottery Winner Honored by Broward County Commission

Coral Springs resident and Florida lottery winner Miguel Pilgram garnered quite a bit of media attention this week when he was recognized by the Broward County Commission for his philanthropy and ongoing efforts to improve local neighborhoods. ...

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Black Excellence

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Norton Presents Black History Family Day to Highlight African American Artists

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Norton Museum of Art is hosting its first Black History Family Day, highlighting art by African American artists, telling their stories, inspiring visitors to make art, and featuring music and theater by African American performers. ...

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AT&T Pioneer and employee

AT&T Pioneer and employee ...

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“The Colored Museum” comes to Pompano Beach Cultural Center

TheatreSouth Atlanta (TSA), Inc. dba Herman LeVern Jones’ TheatreSouth is thrilled to announce its performances of “The Colored Museum” written by Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe this February 2018 at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center ...

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Black History in Bike History

February is Black History Month and I have been searching for a story about African American contributions to bicycling. I found the story in my bike love: bicycle travel. In my mind, the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps are trailblazers of bike touring. ...

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Four African American inventors transformed transporation

Four African American inventors transformed transporation ...

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Black History and the Transportation Industry Morgan (1877-1963) was an African American inventor who patented a type of traffic light signal. The lobby of the Texas Transportation Institute’s (TTI) Gilchrist Building displays some of the first electric traffic signals used in the United States. That equipment, which evolved from a number of even more creative manual devices, has a rich and telling history. Part of it we owe to one of the country’s first Black inventors, Garrett Morgan, who some in the transportation business refer to as “The Father of Transportation Technology.” The son of slaves, Morgan had only an elementary education. He left Kentucky in 1895 as a teenager searching for opportunity. He settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and soon became well-known for his talent as a sewing machine repair-man, eventually starting his own tailor shop. In fact, much of the sewing in his 32-employee operation was done on machines he built. Morgan is also re-cognized as the inventor of a version of the gas mask eventually modified and used by the U.S. Army in World War I. He established a successful newspaper, and over his lifetime held patents on a variety of personal grooming products. It was his experiences driving on the streets of Cleveland, however, that prompted Morgan to enter the transportation arena. Early 20th-century vehicle crashes were frequent, and after witnessing the death of a young girl in a collision be-tween an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage, he crafted a T-shaped pole unit that featured three positions: Stop, Go and an all-directional stop position that halted traffic in all directions to allow pedestrians to cross streets more safely. In his 1923 U.S. patent for the manual traffic signal, Garrett Morgan stated “This invention relates to traffic signals, and particularly to those which are adapted to be positioned adjacent the intersection of two or more streets and are manually operable for directing the flow of traffic…In addition, my invention contemplates the provision of a signal which may be readily and cheaply manufactured.” Morgan’s hand-cranked semaphore traffic management device was in use throughout North America until all manual traffic signals were replaced by early models of the automatic red-, yellow- and green-light traffic signals currently used a-round the world. Shortly before his death in 1963, the United States Government awarded Morgan a commendation for his traffic signal.

“The Father of Transportation Technology.” The son of slaves, Morgan had only an elementary education. ...

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