Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ECBC Celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center is hosting a special blog series featuring historical facts and insights of notable African American inventors and ECBC personnel. We invite you to follow the series this February here on the Center’s official blog site.

Name: Damon G. Smith

Title: Environmental Scientist

Years of Service: 26

What moment in black history do you find to be the most significant moment for you, the community, or the Nation? Why?

For me, the most significant moment in back history was on December 1, 1955, when Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, an African American, defied the order of the white bus driver to give up her seat on the segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, so that a white passenger could sit. Parks in that moment typified the inner strength and determination of millions of black men and women of her era to be seen as equals in a world where blacks were treated as second class citizens; more often they were treated worse and left to eke out a living in degradation and mortal fear. On that day, Parks rose up or rather sat down and said enough is enough, I am human, I am American, we are equal and we are one.

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