Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Inclusion Corner

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Inclusion Corner

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Think about it! Billye

Did you know February was Black History Month? Probably so, but do your students know? This year, why not do something different during February? Why not create a bulletin board saluting famous African American agriculturists?

George Washington Carver

Born in 1864, George Washington Carver paved the way for agriculturists to come. This is one of the greatest examples of dedication in Human History. A single urge of learning has overcome the sufferings and hardships of slave life. He was the second African American to make it into the hall of fame. George Washington Carver, in the end, achieved his goal as the greatest agriculturists and so much more. Everything that he invented, he invented for the benefit of mankind.

Dr. Annie King, associate dean at the college of agricultural and environmental sciences at the University of California-Davis says she has found that students shy away from agriculture.

"I was taught by my parents, who had been sharecroppers, that working on the land or with products from the land was an honorable profession," King says. "But many parents and grandparents today tell young men and women about the great hardship associated with slavery or they speak about dirty, hard work with low pay, or even the loss of family-owned farms.

"Students bring these stories forward with them into high school and college, thus missing many new, rewarding experiences and careers," she adds.

Paul Howland Logan was the first African American forester hired by the Forest Service, who had to "pass" as white in order to earn his forestry degree from Cornell University in 1926 and then to work for the U. …

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