George Washington Carver was a man of many talents who loved life. He famously said “when you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”
Nobody lived out these words better than this man. He was a scientist, a man of faith, an artist and an educator. His rise from slavery to scientific accomplishment still inspires millions all around the world.
Whenever a list of prominent African Americans is published, George Washington Carver’s name is sure to be on it. In 1941 Times magazine called him the Black Leonardo.
This creative genius took the negative experiences he’d been through in his life and used them to impulse his vision of making a difference. Carver never married, hardly socialized, and spent most of his adult life working by himself in his lab. Yet he devoted his time to help African American farmers who were suffering the oppression of racism, poverty, and ignorance.
An orphan with a rough beginning, he seemed to excel at everything he set out to do and was especially drawn to nature. That might be why he meticulously studied how to take plants, break them down, and create other products that were beneficial to humankind.
Although history has reduced this brilliant scientist to ‘the man who did something with peanuts’ his legacy lives on even today.