Art of the Month

If Kindness Were A Person, I think this is what it would look like.  I saw a Facebook post where someone listed the accomplishments of Josiah Henson. It spoke to me.

For those who do not know this face, this is the man who inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Henson was born into slavery in Maryland. His father was sold off when Henson was a child. The young boy’s memory of his father was the day he was beaten with a whip and had his ear cut off.  The rest of his siblings were sold off, and he fortunately was able to go with his mother.

As Henson worked as a slave, he became a preacher and good businessman who was trusted by his owner. Isaac Riley, the slave owner abused the young boy physically and treated him harshly.

Despite the hardship Henson learned all he could about business and God’s word. This enabled him to travel around and preach while handling business matters for his owner.  Henson tried to buy his freedom with money he had earned preaching, but Riley swindled him and tried to sell him down south.

Circumstances smiled on Henson, as the young man who was to take him to sell came down with malaria. A kindhearted Henson cared for the young man so he wouldn’t die.

In 1830 Henson escaped to Canada with his wife and two youngest children. He started a freedman settlement called the British American Institute. It became one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad. Henson guided 118 slaves to freedom. 

With the help of Samuel Atkins Eliot, Henson wrote the story of his life, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, which was published in 1849.

On one of Henson’s trips to America he was invited to visit an American woman who wanted to hear about his life in slavery. There he met Harriett Beecher Stowe and told of some of the things he had experienced.

Over the next couple of years, she wrote a story of her own. It first ran as stories in the National Era on June 5, 1851. Later it was published as a book, in two volumes.  It became a hot topic selling more than 300,000 copies (And Stowe did not share any of her profits with Henson.)

After the Civil War Henson toured the US on a 100-city tour. He also  met with Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle and years later met with President Rutherford B Hayes at the White House.

He died in 1883.

(This information came from The Smithsonian Magazine and Wikipedia)

Art of the Month

If Kindness Were A Person, I think this is what it would look like.  I saw a Facebook post where someone listed the accomplishments of Josiah Henson. It spoke to me.

For those who do not know this face, this is the man who inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Henson was born into slavery in Maryland. His father was sold off when Henson was a child. The young boy’s memory of his father was the day he was beaten with a whip and had his ear cut off.  The rest of his siblings were sold off, and he fortunately was able to go with his mother.

As Henson worked as a slave, he became a preacher and good businessman who was trusted by his owner. Isaac Riley, the slave owner abused the young boy physically and treated him harshly.

Despite the hardship Henson learned all he could about business and God’s word. This enabled him to travel around and preach while handling business matters for his owner.  Henson tried to buy his freedom with money he had earned preaching, but Riley swindled him and tried to sell him down south.

Circumstances smiled on Henson, as the young man who was to take him to sell came down with malaria. A kindhearted Henson cared for the young man so he wouldn’t die.

In 1830 Henson escaped to Canada with his wife and two youngest children. He started a freedman settlement called the British American Institute. It became one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad. Henson guided 118 slaves to freedom. 

With the help of Samuel Atkins Eliot, Henson wrote the story of his life, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, which was published in 1849.

On one of Henson’s trips to America he was invited to visit an American woman who wanted to hear about his life in slavery. There he met Harriett Beecher Stowe and told of some of the things he had experienced.

Over the next couple of years, she wrote a story of her own. It first ran as stories in the National Era on June 5, 1851. Later it was published as a book, in two volumes.  It became a hot topic selling more than 300,000 copies (And Stowe did not share any of her profits with Henson.)

After the Civil War Henson toured the US on a 100-city tour. He also  met with Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle and years later met with President Rutherford B Hayes at the White House.

He died in 1883.

(This information came from The Smithsonian Magazine and Wikipedia)

Art of the Month

If Kindness Were A Person, I think this is what it would look like.  I saw a Facebook post where someone listed the accomplishments of Josiah Henson. It spoke to me.

For those who do not know this face, this is the man who inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Henson was born into slavery in Maryland. His father was sold off when Henson was a child. The young boy’s memory of his father was the day he was beaten with a whip and had his ear cut off.  The rest of his siblings were sold off, and he fortunately was able to go with his mother.

As Henson worked as a slave, he became a preacher and good businessman who was trusted by his owner. Isaac Riley, the slave owner abused the young boy physically and treated him harshly.

Despite the hardship Henson learned all he could about business and God’s word. This enabled him to travel around and preach while handling business matters for his owner.  Henson tried to buy his freedom with money he had earned preaching, but Riley swindled him and tried to sell him down south.

Circumstances smiled on Henson, as the young man who was to take him to sell came down with malaria. A kindhearted Henson cared for the young man so he wouldn’t die.

In 1830 Henson escaped to Canada with his wife and two youngest children. He started a freedman settlement called the British American Institute. It became one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad. Henson guided 118 slaves to freedom. 

With the help of Samuel Atkins Eliot, Henson wrote the story of his life, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada, as Narrated by Himself, which was published in 1849.

On one of Henson’s trips to America he was invited to visit an American woman who wanted to hear about his life in slavery. There he met Harriett Beecher Stowe and told of some of the things he had experienced.

Over the next couple of years, she wrote a story of her own. It first ran as stories in the National Era on June 5, 1851. Later it was published as a book, in two volumes.  It became a hot topic selling more than 300,000 copies (And Stowe did not share any of her profits with Henson.)

After the Civil War Henson toured the US on a 100-city tour. He also  met with Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle and years later met with President Rutherford B Hayes at the White House.

He died in 1883.

(This information came from The Smithsonian Magazine and Wikipedia)

Art of the Month

This month we salute those High-Flyers. There are no limits to what we can achieve!

Bessie Coleman is an African American and Native American who became an aviator.  She was born in Atlanta Texas in 1892 and got her pilot’s license in France in 1921 because American flight schools did not allow African Americans in.

She made a living doing air shows. She bought her own plan

She died in an accident in 1926.

Mae C Jemison is an African American engineer, physician, and former NASA Astronaut. She was born in Alabama in 1956 but her family moved to Chicago.

When she joined NASA she worked in Launch Support and later on a Space Shuttle mission. She logged 190 hours in space and orbited the earth 127 times.  On her mission she took a poster of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a statue from West Africa and a photo of Bessie Coleman from her pilot’s license.

T-Shirt of the Month

This month the shirt is dedicated to my short film 14 to Fate. It is an Afro futuristic piece. The theme is we all have choices to make but will they be good ones.

There is a choice between a regular Tee, a sweat shirt and a tank.

If you would like to support this film, you can purchase this shirt at : 14 to Fate

My favorite is the tank!