That's me featured in the article about choosing the first Black girl as Color Girl in the history of Annapolis. This was as viral as you could get in 1976 for any Black African-American. Jet Magazine was in every store back in St. Louis, Missouri (of course a former slave state -Missouri Compromise). During my school years my teachers did not teach much about slavery. The writing of this book facilitates a deepen historical perspective of the early pace setters or pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am a product of Dr. Kings work.
Missouri Compromise of 1820
In the years leading up to the Missouri Compromise of 1820, tensions began to rise between pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions within the U.S. Congress and across the country. They reached a boiling point after Missouri’s 1819 request for admission to the Union as a slave state, which threatened to upset the delicate balance between slave states and free states. To keep the peace, Congress orchestrated a two-part compromise, granting Missouri’s request but also admitting Maine as a free state. It also passed an amendment that drew an imaginary line across the former Louisiana Territory, establishing a boundary between free and slave regions that remained the law of the land until it was negated by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. (History.com, 2009).
Excerpts from Chapter 2......
I can’t remember everything from the early years. I know that as a young child I always felt safe and surrounded by family that loved me. There were no computers or wireless technology back in the late 50’s and 60’s that existed in my childhood. Calculators did not exist, and the only computers were mainframe computers in far away places (I had no idea they even existed back then). The television had three regular channels ( ABC, NBC, & CBS) and 1-2 UHF channels. We use to have to put an aluminum flag on the antenna to get a better reception. There were no remote controls to change the channels except for the children in the homes. I remember being home and watching TV seeing President John F. Kennedy shot in Texas in November of 1963. President Kennedy was shot the day after my father’s birthday.
I watched shockingly as Sirhan Sirhan shot Robert F. Kennedy several times at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles during his presidential campaign. I remember hearing about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. doing work called the civil rights movements of black people. I did not understand why Ms. Parks.......
History.com (2009). Missouri Compromise of 1820. Retrieved from
Dr. Jordan B smith jr.
I attended the U. S. Naval Academy from 1972-1976 earning a B.S. in Mathematics. Served 20 years both active and reserve in the US Marines. Veteran of the Desert Shield/Storm. I earned a MAED and Ed D. specializing in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2015. I graduated from CBC High School in Clayton, MO in 1972.