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By Evelyn M. Bingham
SUN COLUMNIST & POET
There are many definitions or meanings
for the word Instrument, see how the word
defines itself in your mind. These are some
of the many complex meanings: A tool,
implement or devise, or by other
terminology such as utensil, apparatus ,
contrivance, gadget, contraption, appliance,
gizmo, or mechanism.
A tool or devise, used for a particular
purpose, especially: A tool or device
designed to do careful and exact work, or
precision work. A devise, of a multitude of various types used to produce music, as well as the human singing voice. A means, whereby something is achieved, performed, or furthered, as in one used by another, as a means or aid. An implement, one designed for precision work, a formal legal document (such as a deed, bond, or agreement), a measuring device for determining the value of a quantity under observation, an electrical or mechanical device used in navigating an airplane, ship other type of vessel.
What is an instrument? How is it used? How to become one? Are you an instrument?
This word, instrument, appeared in my mind today, as all of my subject matter for my writings do, and I know immediately that this thought, is different, and to stay tuned and put a marker on the thought, for I know from experience, that this word or idea is to be the inspired topic of an upcoming, written revelation, and it is not my job to question or wonder why, but to be obedient and to just transcribe!
At first thought, I would say that an instrument, is a tool, made to be used by someone who has the knowledge and the power to use it. The instrument, in itself, has no intent, power, or purpose and unused, will behave as any other inanimate object. Unless, something or someone is used for a specific purpose, its full value and power will not nor cannot be realized to its fullest extent.
We can choose to look at each instrument, object or person, as a gift, a gift which when given or received must be used and appreciated. An instrument must be used to fulfill its purpose, or its creation will be wasted! Think of all the magnificent musicians, vocalists, actors, scientists, and ordinary people, who each day, do extraordinary accomplishments, simply because they are using themselves and their talents, as God given instruments, thereby; seeking to present the best of themselves, in the hope and intent of making our world a better place!
By Evangelist Barbara Colbert
From the creation of Eve in the
garden of Eden, women have been an integral part of shaping the history of
mankind. In early creation, women
were treated as less than chattel,
bartered for, herded, oppressed and
prohibited from voting or even public
speaking. Yet, defying the odds,
courageous and determined women
who, despite the oppression and
blatant discrimination, persevered and
succeeded in rising above it all to
become icons in American history.
Sarah Breedlove, known as Madame C. J. Walker, was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and political activist. Madam C. J. Walker was the wealthiest African American self-made businesswoman in America in 1919. She was one of six children of enslaved parents, who developed and owned her own hair care products business, knows as the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She was a generous donor to many charities and funded organizations and agencies to help other black Americans gain education and opportunity in the early 1900’s.
Mildred Fay Jefferson was the first African American woman to graduate in surgery from Harvard Medical School in 1951. Doctor Jefferson was one of the first known advocates who spoke out against abortion and was instrumental for her work as president of the National Right to Life committee.
Mary Eliza Mahoney born during slavery times, became the first African American woman to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in the United States. Nurse Mahoney was a pioneer challenging discrimination against African Americans in the nursing profession. In 1908, Mary Eliza Mahoney co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses with Adah Belle Samuels Thoms, another trailblazing African American woman who prevailed in the nursing profession in early 1900.
Marie Maynard Daly was the first black American woman in the United States to earn a PhD in chemistry at Columbia University in 1947.
Barbara Ross Lee, the sister of actress and songstress, Diana Ross, earned her degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973. Barbara Ross Lee was the first African American woman to become a Dean of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Women of all nationalities have made great strides in achieving fame and fortune as entrepreneurs, educators, aviators, physicians, politicians, great entertainers and even serving in the armed forces, all boldly pronouncing to a world that said, “No you can’t”, an indisputable “Yes I can!”
There are also women who may have never left the homestead, but were instrumental in raising their sons and daughters to become great achievers in life. There are many great leaders who have paid earnest homage to their mother, to whom they contribute their moral constitution, accomplishments and ultimate successes.
Women are still making history today. From those who are forever in the limelight, such as our illustrious former first lady Michelle Obama, to those who serve behind the scenes working within the layman’s arena on the homefront, balancing roles of wife, mother, career woman or homemaker. Some who may never make the front page news, or even be written in the annals of history, but are women who in some way or another, contributed to the history of our nation.
Songstress, Helen Reddy’s song says it all,
“I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore. Oh yes, I am wise, but it’s wisdom born of pain. Yes, I’ve paid the price, but look how much I gained. If I have to, I can do anything. I am strong. I am invincible. I am woman.”