Spreading Good News (Post 697 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, First African American Elected Municipal Judge)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

 

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, First African American Elected Municipal Judge

Source:  The Internet

Born in Philadelphia on April 17, 1823, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs apprenticed as a carpenter.  By his early 20s he was an activist in the abolition movement, sharing platforms with Frederick Douglass and helping in the Underground Railroad.  Black intellectual ferment of the era gave him a superb education outside the classroom, and he became a powerful writer.  In 1850, he migrated to San Francisco; starting as a bootblack, he was soon a successful merchant, the founder of a black newspaper, and a leading member of the city’s black community.

In 1858, Gibbs moved to Victoria in what is now British Columbia (BC), part of a mass migration of black men and women seeking equality under the British flag.  Again he prospered, first as a merchant, then as a property developer, contractor, and elected politician.  In 1866, Gibbs was elected to the Victoria (BC) City Council, becoming the second black elected official in Canada and only the third elected anywhere on the North American continent.

Gibbs briefly returned to the US in 1859 to court and marry Maria Alexander, who had studied at Oberlin College.  In developing a coal mine in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1869-70, he built British Columbia’s first railroad.  A tireless advocate for the black community, he helped to organize the colony’s first militia, an all-black unit known as the African Rifles.  As an elected delegate to the Yale Convention, he also helped to frame the terms by which British Columbia entered the Canadian confederation.

Mifflin and Maria Gibbs separated in the late 1860s.  Returning to the United States in 1870, Gibbs studied law in Oberlin, Ohio (where his wife Maria had settled, and where four of their five children graduated from Oberlin College).  He toured the Reconstruction South and settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, soon becoming the first black elected municipal judge in the United States.  His long and sometimes dangerous efforts on behalf of the Republican Party earned him an ambiguous reward:  in his 70s, a Republican administration named him U.S. consul in Tamatave, Madagascar.  After four years Gibbs resigned at the age of 78 for health reasons.  He returned to publish an autobiography, Shadow and Light, in 1902, with an introduction by Booker T. Washington.

Back in Little Rock, Gibbs launched a new bank and supported various philanthropic causes.  He died in Little Rock on July 11, 1915 at the age of 92.

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Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman.

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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