Albert Einstein And Black History Month

Einstein with blackchildrenToday, February 1, 2014, marks the start of Black History month in America.

I was searching for something to post to mark this day when I came upon information proving that scientist Albert Einstein was vehemently against race prejudice.  Apparently, when Einstein came over to America he was shocked by it.  It appalled him, and he was quite vocal about how he felt.  At one point Einstein uttered these words: There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States.  That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.”

In 1937 when Marion Anderson was denied accommodations in a hotel because of her skin  color, Einstein invited her to stay in his home, which she did.   This is a side of Albert Einstein that I never knew about, and I bet that many people do not know about this.  I wonder why historians never include this information about one of the world’s greatest scientist.

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A well researched book about this side of Einstein was published back in 2005.  I just found out about it this morning, and ordered it from Amazon.

Einstein1You can read a very good article about the book and Einstein HERE.

albert-einstein-papers-4x3There are letters written by Einstein where he expresses his disgust with how blacks are treated.  At this point in time you should be able to access all of Einstein’s letters at Einstein Archives Online.

Einstein receives honorary degree from Horace Mann Bond President of Lincoln University. The photo on wall is Marian Anderson. Courtesy, Langston Hughes Memorial Library at Lincoln University in PennsylvaniaDuring the last years of his life, Einstein turned down many offers of Honorary degrees from many Universities, but he was happy to accept one from Horace Mann Bond, who was the President of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  Horace Mann Bond is also the father of Julian Bond.

Welcome to Black History Month

6 comments

  1. Griff H says:

    Yes, he was very clear headed about race. Too bad he was less understanding of his wife, wanting her to set aside her scientific career interests and stay at home with the kids so he didn’t have to put energy there. Always easier when it’s once removed, I guess.

  2. Veganopoulous says:

    He also said “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” 🙂 Vegetarian could also mean vegan in that quote!

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