Black History is American history and by failing to remember the good and the bad…future generations lose momentum.
Today’s Black History Moment is very personal because it is my own Black History Moment. Today, I honor my grandfather, Tim Melvin, born today, Feb 14, 1906 in Sampson County, North Carolina. Tim Melvin had no formal education and still became a successful businessman, employing both Black and White people, owning and operating a 100-acre farm, country store, and a saw/timber mill. He was generous, talkative, and extremely intelligent in spite of not being able to write his own name. For years I would hear strangers talking to my grandmother, dad or aunts and uncles and sharing with them stories about “Mr. Tim.” Grandaddy died in May, 1977, but by passing his entrepreneurship, generosity, love of family, and physical traits through the faces of his grand, great-grand and great-great grandchildren, Tim Melvin lives on.