Wednesday, January 5, 2011


   It was on a Tuesday, on the fifth day of the month of January, in the year of our Lord 1943, that George Washington Carver went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He was born a slave, but gain his freedom not long after when slavery was abolished in the United States. He became a Christian at the age of ten.
   Carver would go on to be a scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor.  He was mostly known for his discovery of  at least three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweat potatoes.
   In his lifetime, he would meet with three U.S. Presidents:  Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt.  He would become good friends Henry Ford. 
   In 1896, he was invited by Booker T. Washington to be the head of the Agriculture Department at the then five-year-old Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, later known as Tuskegee University.  As an educator, and out of his concerns for his students' character developed a list of eight cardinal virtues for his students to emulate and strive toward:

Be clean both inside and out.
Neither look up to the rich nor down on the poor.
Lose, if need be, without squealing.
Win without bragging.
Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.
Be too brave to lie.
Be too generous to cheat.
Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.


Ecclesiastes 9:10

   Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. (ESV)

Ecclesiastes 9:10

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