For the month of February I will be posting articles on four African-American who through creativity changed the world.Let these articles motivate you to create.
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver was born a slave in 1860 in Missouri. He died in 1943 in Tuskegee Alabama.
Carver was a man of exceptional imagination. He is the picture of one who rose above limiting circumstances and a crippling system of slavery and discrimination to thrive and create filling the earth with the fruit of his discovery.
Carver merged his science with his faith. He believed God and sought to connect with God as he explored the wonderful mysteries of creation and its Creator. By seeking the knowledge of God Carver discovered many of God’s secrets. Carver was a prophetic scientist who talked with God and heard God speak to him revealing many things to Carver as he walked and talked with God in the fields of Alabama.
His creativity caused him to seek and develop many products that made life better for million of Americans and Carver could have been a very wealthy man but he was driven to create and he rejected the offerings of fame and fortune. Though he was well-known he never sought that platform. Henry Ford offered him $100,000 a year to leave Tuskegee University and come to Dearborn Michigan and establish a laboratory. That amount of money would worth 1.3 million dollars today. Carver turned Ford down.
I believe these are the keys to Doctor Carver’s success.
1. He was determined to rise above his circumstances.
2. He remained focus in the adversity.
3. He created a synergy between his science and faith.
4. He explored creation and discovered many secrets.
5. He was driven by service to mankind, not fame and fortune.
6. He had an incredible imagination.
7. He spoke to God and heard God speak to him.
SOURCE: Carver: A life in poems by Marilyn Nelson.