Dr. David Milburn Legacy Award
Dr. David Milburn, Astronaut Ed Dwight
Astronaut Ed Dwight: Flight Surgeon Dr. Lewis Milburn was deputy director of Aerospace Medicine (Astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison NASA Medical Science tradition) when Dwight became the first Black astronaut trainee at N.A.S.A. during the John F. Kennedy Presidency. A generation later, Dr. David Milburn and Sculptor Ed Dwight standing in front of Dwight's "magnum opus" Underground Railroad Memorial Monument on Detroit's riverfront Hart Plaza. Before a capacity crowd of Underground Railroad descendants participating in the Underground Railroad Families Historical Society's "Memorial Ceremony", dignitaries and descendants placed memorial wreaths of remembrance at the riverfront Detroit- Windsor Underground Railroad Memorial Monuments.After the 1993 completion of Dwight's Underground Railroad Battle Creek Memorial,Dr.David Milburn was instrumental in facilitating the concept of Detroit Windsor riverfront Memorial Monuments.
President Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman, Underground Railroad National Monument
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
President Barack Obama created the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument under the Antiquities Act. President Barack Obama's foresight and historic enactment memorialized Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. Tubman National Monument located in Maryland (National Park Service) area encompasses Underground Railroad historical landmarks dedicated in honor of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Pertinent Iconic Inaugural Addressment N.M.A.A.H.C President Obama September 24, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama, Sojourner Truth bust, Artis Lane, Cathy Hughes TVOne, C. Delores Tucker N.C.B.W
First Lady Michelle Obama gave an inspiring enlighten lecture at the unveiling ceremony of abolitionist Sojourner Truth bust. Underground Railroad descendant Artist Artis Lane was able to complete Sojourner Truth bust masterpiece with the support of Cathy Hughes. The late C. Delores Tucker, chaired The National Congress of Black Women, initiated the fight to include the memorial bust honoring of Sojourner Truth. First Lady Michelle Obama was instrumental placing Sojourner Truth bust in Emancipation Hall, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC. This historic effort paved the way for later statue installation of fellow abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
North American Black Historical Museum’s Amherstburg, Ontario celebrates 30th Anniversary
Before a capacity crowd of dignitaries and Underground Railroad descendants at the North American Black Historical Museum, 277 King St., Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, Dr. David Milburn accepted the Imhotep Award posthumously on behalf of his father Dr. Lewis Milburn in recognition of his “mark of excellence “in medicine. During his medical career, Dr. Lewis Milburn received the Medical Humanitarian Medal from Secretary of State Dean Rusk and President John F. Kennedy for his humanitarian work in Africa.
Reception likewise in recognition of Museums 30th anniversary celebrated its rich Underground Railroad Legacy. Museum curator Elise Harding-Davis denoted the Underground Railroad Heritage is acknowledged by many historians and scholars as the movement that played a pivotal role in bringing the civil rights struggle to the forefront of political consciousness, and forever changed the humanitarian concepts of the Western Hemisphere. With the help of Native Americans including Chiefs Pontiac and Tecumseh from 1680 to 1840, more than 100,000 runway slaves escaped from the south to Michigan and Canada. Underground Railroad descendants still live on the Mt. Pleasant Reservation and the Walpole Island Reservation in Ontario.
The War of 1812 marked the unification of Blacks and Native Americans into a powerful military force that prevented the spread of slavery from the United States to Canada. After initial military victory, credence was given to the fact that only the military push of civil war would eradicate slavery in the United States. Detroit and Chatham, Ontario are the locations were abolitionists John Brown, Frederick Douglass and Josiah Henson planned the raid on Harper’s Ferry, Va. Fascinating African global perspective of ancient Kemet (translation Land of the Blacks) was given citing books from Smithsonian scholar Dr. Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University visiting Professor at Princeton University, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar ( African Origin of Civilization, Egypt), Dr. Frances Cress Welsing formerly of Howard University Medical School (The Isis Papers, Cress Theory), Dr. Cheryl LaRoche University of Maryland visiting Professor Georgetown University and Dr. Charles Finch III of Morehouse Medical School.
Greeks Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Hippocrates and Pythagoras were all educated in ancient Kemet (Egypt), Africa. Plato stated, “Compared with the Egyptians, the Greeks are childish mathematicians” Aristotle described the Africans, “The Ethiopians and Egyptians are very black”. The ancient Greek Herodotus, "the Ethiopians and Egyptians have thick lips, broad noses, woolly hair and burnt skin”. Africans were the first builders of monumental civilizations, including the development of writing scripts, sciences, medicine, advanced mathematics, engineering, architecture, astronomy, physics, religion and the fine arts. Imhotep, the father of medicine and architecture, was the worlds first historical genius. Imhotep, eminent architect of the Saqqara Pyramid temple complex forerunner to Pharaoh Khufu’s Great Pyramid.
African religious influences are still present today. Amen was said at the end of the prayers in temples of Amen-Ra and it can still be heard today in churches around the world. Pharaoh Akhenaten, King Tuts father, pioneer of religious monotheism had a profound theological effect on the ancient African Hebrews. Ancient Hebrews would later send missionaries to the Khazar Empire in Eastern Europe resulting in a large European conversion to Judaism. World’s first religious trinity Osirus father, Isis mother and Horus son dates back to 7,000 b.c. Horus virgin birth occurred on the sun’s Winter Solstice December 25th. When daylight becomes longer hence the child of virgin birth bringing forth illumination. Black statues of Isis and Horus were the Archetype for Madonna and Child. Many of the Egyptian Pharaohs, such as Queen Hatsheput who ruled as Pharaoh and Ramses III sent naval expeditions to the far corners of the earth Expeditions West to Central America Olmecs (Quetzalcoatl), Sumerians (Blackheads), East to India (Buddha) and S.E. Asia (Angkor Wat). The Polynesian Kahuna Religion states that Polynesians originated from the African Nile Valley. With closing remarks Elise Harding-Davis invited guests to view museums Underground Railroad exhibit and tour Canada’s first National Underground Railroad Historic Site, museum’s Nazery A.M.E. Church.
North Star Abolitionists Underground Railroad Domains
Prince Albert - President of Society for the Extinction of Slavery, Lt. Governor James Graves Simcoe Toronto (Ontario Black History Society-founder Dr. Daniel G Hill, Nikki Clarke) Warren G. Salmon Canada, Prince Hall Masons St. Paul's A.M.E. Church Hamilton Ontario, Windsor Dr. Howard McCurdy - Prime Minister Nelson Mandela South Africa, Conservative delegate Geneva Cross Milburn - Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, Judge Pierre - Louis Panet Montreal Quebec, Hartwick College (Congressman Isacc Newton Arnold - Emancipation Proclamation and 13th amendment), Julia Baxter Bates Rutgers University, Dr. Karen Cook Bell (Bowie State University) Md., Julie Dash " Brothers of the Borderland" The National Underground Freedom Ceneter Cincinnati Ohio, Gullah (Geechee) "Daughters of the Dust" (Beyonce - Lemonade) Library of Congress, Dr. Elizur Deming (Dr. William Mayo) Indiana medical college, Dr. Martin Robison Delany Harvard University Medical School, Dr. John Van Salee (Jacqueline Kennedy, Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Vanderbilt) Alexander Hamilton, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower, Babe Ruth, Clark Gable, University of Virginia College at Wise Dr. Brent Kennedy (Melungeons- President Abraham Lincoln, Ava Gardner, Elvis Presley), John Legend Underground Railroad, descendants Dwayne " The Rock" Johnson, Dr. George McCurdy director Human Rights Commission Nova Scotia, David Walker-Charlotte North Carolina (Queen Charlotte, King Charles Stuart II, Queen Philippa) McGill University (Dr. Charles R. Drew), Bates College (Oren B. Cheney) Maine, Colby College, Bowdoin College (Major General Oliver Howard, Freedmen's Bureau, Howard University), Williams College (Samuel Chapman Armstrong founder Hampton Institute) Massachusetts, Dr. Paula A. Johnson Wellesley College (John and Mary Sawyer) Wellesley, Smith College (Lydia Maria Child, Dewey Hall, Sessions House) Northhampton, Amherst College (Henry Wood Beecher, Robert Purvis), Swarthmore College (Edward Parrish, Joseph Wharton, Lucretia Mott) Pennsylvania, Geneva College, Adrian College (Asa Mahan), Vassar College (Matthew Vassar) New York, Dr. Joy DeGruy (abolition, enslavement PTSS) Dartmouth College New Hampshire, Quakers Laura Smith Haviland Raisin Institute - Dr. Nathan Thomas House Cass County (Cassopolis) and Second Baptist Church Detroit Michigan.
Buxton National Historic Site and Museum,North Buxton,Ontario
Honoree late Dr. Lewis Milburn standing in front of First Baptist Church. Dr. Milburn’s ancestors provided a protected sanctuary in Chatham, Ontario for a meeting of abolitionists including Frederick Douglass and John Brown this historical meeting helped precipitate the Civil War and Emancipation. Dr.Milburn toured Buxton National Historic Site Museum,attended several Buxton Labor Day Homecomings.
Freedom Conductor Award Recipients
Underground Railroad Descendants – museum trustee chairman Colonel Lawrence Millben, Dr. David Milburn, and Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III Freedom Conductor Award recipients experienced the empowerment while viewing museums ancient Egyptian “Visiting the Royal Family” exhibit, the Underground Railroad artifacts and Historic Nazery A.M.E Church. Toronto Ontario, Niagara Falls Heritage Area, Montreal Quebec, Charles Mitchell - William Jerome (Dr. Lorraine McConaghy) Victoria British Columbia, La Nesha De Bardelaben NAAM executive director Seattle Washington, Milwaukee Wisconsin (Colin Kaepernick), Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims (Pastor Henry Ward Beecher, Harriet Beecher Stowe) New York, Owen Brown - John Price Oberlin Heritage Center (Tamika Y. Nunley) Oberlin College Ohio, Earlham College (Jeremiah Cox, Levi Coffin) Richmond Indiana, William Lambert (Dr. Richard E. Smith) St. Matthews Episcopal Church Detroit (Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society Detroit Public Library) were North Star Underground Railroad Destinations.
Dr. Sandrea Smith, Dr. David A Milburn, Alivia Watt
Detroit Institute of Arts Friends of African and African American Art
Romare Bearden, Dr. David Milburn, Walter B. Ford II
Dr. David Milburn served on Detroit Institute of Arts (D.I.A) Founders Junior Council (F.J.C) and Friends of African and African American Art (F.A.A.A.A) boards respectively, chaired Romare Bearden Exploratory Committee, With support of Walter B. Ford II (Board of Trustees Chairman), Romare Bearden became the premier Black artist to have a major seminal exhibit at D.I.A. The collaboration culminated in Romare Bearden's D.I.A. Centennial Project "Quilting Time" a heuristic focus on Black southern. congregational- soldality convergence as illustrated in "Underground Railroad Quilts" during Quilt pattern and codes creation.
Dr. David Milburn, Dr. Helen M Shannon, Cecile Keith Brown
Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council (F.J.C.)
Detroit Historical Museum Underground Railroad
Tuskegee Airmen at Detroit Historical Museum honored underground railroad descendant Colonel Lawrence Millben first black base commander Michigan Selfridge Air Base. Famous Tuskegee Airmen were acknowledged General Benjamin O. Davis Jr, General Daniel "Chappie" James Sr., Charles Alfred Anderson (Elenore Rosevelt), Mayor Coleman Young, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson (Congressional Gold Medal) and Harry T. Stewart (won inaugural National "William Tell" Top Gun 1949).
Dr. Yenwith Whitney Chairman
Tuskegee Airmen Alfred Cole, William Thompson, and Nate Carr as Underground Railroad descendent Dr. Yenwith Whitney an elite fighter pilot and M.I.T. aeronautical engineer presented Dr. David Milburn with the venerated "Man of the Year" Award for his contributions to medicine and community, noblesse oblige.
Charles H Wright Museum
Dr. David Milburn was the recipient of Charles H. Wright Museum's coveted "Legacy Award," chaired the Economic Development Committee during the building of Museum of African American History. Dr. Milburn standing to the left of his mentor's Dr. Charles H. Wright bust, David Smedley's masterpiece. Dr. Wright was a mentor to many in medicine and encouraged noblesse oblige, giving back to the community. Underground Railroad Descendants Dr. Barbara Smith, Dr. David Milburn, Dr. Roberta Wright of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Colonel Lawrence MIllben retired base commander of Selfridge Airbase, and Grace Doss.
Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers
Underground Railroad descendants Mayor Dennis Archer, Ada Thompson-Milburn family matriarch, and Dr. David Milburn share family history at Dr. Milburn's Detroit residence
Atty. Harry E Johnson Sr, Dr. David Milburn, Judge Craig Strong
Atty. Harry E. Johnson Sr. pivotal role, National General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, President of Martin Luther King Jr. Washington D.C. National Memorial Foundation. M.L.K National Memorial Dedication October 16 2011 reflected staunch support from Dr. David Milburn, Judge Craig Strong, Judge Damon Keith, Attorney General Eric Holder, John H. Johnson, Four Star General Johnnie Edward Wilson, Senator Edward Brooke, Alphas nation-wide and internationally.
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Clifton Wharton chairman Rockefeller Foundation, U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young Premier Norman Manley, Premier Sir Edward T. Richards
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Martin Luther King Jr., Paul Robeson, Astronaut Winston E. Scott St. James A.M.E. Zion Church Ithaca N.Y. Seven Jewels Cornell University
Quadrature of the sphere
Dr. David Milburn
Dr. Cornel West
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