Do we know what hardwork is? I mean do we REALLY work as hard as those before us? Times have changed a lot and as a black fake in America of course I know my history and a bout racism, discrimination, and all of that. Blacks were snatched and brought here and forced to work doing the jobs nobody else wanted to do and they "owned" them.
But what about when Slavery ended? What did those African-Americans do when they were no longer forced to be slaves? How did they get by? What jobs did they work? What kind of priveleges did they have?
Let's talk about one emancipated slave, Eliza Ann Grier. After spending 7 years working as a teacher she decided she could best serve her community and fellow African-Americans by getting her medical license. So in 1890 she wrote to the Women's Medical college of Pennslyvania to inquire about the cost of her schooling.
In 1897 she completed her schooling after 7 years because she alternated a year of school with a year of cotton picking to pay for school and in 1898 she did it! She became the FIRST African-American Wan in the state of Georgia to be licenses to practice medicine!
She struggled for a while trying to keep her practice but ended up passing away after only a few short years practicing medicine in 1902, BUT her story and her journey is history. OUR history, not just African-Americans but all Americans. Eliza went above and beyond to pursue her dream and she was the FIRST to do it in Georgia! Eliza was a HUGE inspiration to me in school because I wanted to be a Doctor. Once I got to college I wasn't making the grades so I ended up letting my dream go BUT never will I forget what Eliza did for herself... For us... She opened a door and paved a way!
I don't know about you but I feel I owe her A LOT and because of her determination and hardwork, like so many others that paved the way, we are ableTo get scholarships now and assistance AND we know we can be ANYTHING we want!!
BUT do we have what it takes to do what she did? What many before and after her did? We should go for ANYTHING no matter how big or how small or even how impossible it MAY seem! And for that..... I want to tell Eliza... Thank You....
Dawn aka Javi is a Super Cool 32 year old wife and homeschooling mother to 2 young boys and now one new baby girl!!