One of the world’s greatest scientist of the 20th century was George Washington Carver.
George Washington Carver was born into slavery around 1864 in Diamond Grove, Missouri;
a frail and sickly child most of his young life. He was so ill suited to work in the field that his owner traded
young George for a broken down race horse.
I often wonder, how this boy, this child with no mother, no father, how was he able to dream of being free and educated?
The harshness of his existence and non existence of a single role model baffles the mind. I began to study the life of this
great agricultural genius in 1984 when I was asked to portray him in an Off-Broadway stage production called ‘CARVER’…
in preparing for my role I discovered the most exciting subject I had ever read about up until that time, and even now, today
(July 24, 2014) no one has overcome more hardships than this quiet, gentle man known the world over as the
Wizard from Tuskegee.
In 1918 the great Inventor Thomas Edison offered George Washington Carver $200,000 and the promise of $100,000
a year if he would come work for him. During World War One George Washington worked to replace textile dyes that were being imported from Europe. George Washington Carver produced over 500 different shades of dyes for the Government.
In 1927 he invented a process for producing paints and stains from Soybeans.
There was a Hollywood movie made about his life in 1938 called “Life of George Washington Carver” and in 1942 Henry Ford
erected the George Washington Carver Museum.
George Washington Carver is the only American to have two U.S. Naval Ships named after him.
George Washington Carver is also the only American that has two U.S. Postage Stamps and a half dollar coin in his image.
If one were to take a poll and ask who is the most accomplished Black American, many would say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I, Charles Micheaux have studied the life of both of these great men; I have studied George Washington Carver’s life
for the past 35 years.
George Washington Carver is the most accomplihed American of the 20th century!
George Washington Carver is the most accomplished Black American in the history of America.
George Washington Carver was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite hero from childhood to adulthood.
I have a twitter account and with me you will see a picture of Dr. George Washington Carver in the backround of my own.
Today, no young person has an excuse not to be what they dream of being, no, just look at the life of
George Washington Carver and you will know that if there is the will there is a way, to make your dreams and ambitions come true.
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER IS THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED AMERICAN OF THE 20TH CENTURY!