Thursday, 10 November 2016

285th birthday of Benjamin Banneker

(Born 9 November 1731, Baltimore county, Maryland, US)
Influential African-centred mathematician, astronomer, inventor, author, surveyor, farmer, freedom exponent, who documents his astronomical discoveries in his widely-circulated almanacs as well  as correspondences with Thomas Jefferson (principal drafter of US constitution and future president) and others where he unambiguously asserts unfettered African freedom
(Miles Davis Quintet plays Wayne Shorter’s composition, “Footprints” [personnel: Davis, trumpet;  Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums; recorded: 30th Street Columbia Studio, New York, US, 24-25 October 1966])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

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