Remembering, Honoring and Embracing the Spirit of George Washington Carver

Posted on January 9, 2014 by


January 10, 1864 – George Washington Carver born;
agricultural scientist, multi-talented genius; rose from slavery and virtual homelessness at the age of 10-12 to pursue education; became director of agricultural research at Tuskegee Institute(1896), where he served for 47 years and revolutionized agriculture in the South and much of the U.S.

While teaching at what is today Iowa State University, as its first African-American faculty member, George Washington CarverCarver received a request from Booker T. Washington to become the Director of the Agriculture Department at Tuskegee. It is reported that his decision to accept Booker T’s invitation was embodied in a two word response: “I’m coming.”

For all of his creativity and innovations, Carver did not patent or profit from most of his products. He freely gave his discoveries to mankind. “God gave them to me” he would say about his ideas, “How can I sell them to someone else?”
Upon his death, Carver contributed his life savings to establish a research institute at Tuskegee.

Quotable Carver Wisdom:
“When our thoughts – which bring actions – are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white, we are in a living hell. That is as real as hell will ever be.”

“Our creator is the same and never changes despite the names given Him by people here and in all parts of the world. Even if we gave Him no name at all, He would still be there, within us, waiting to give us good on this earth.”

“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”

“It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.”

“There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.”