The President is known as a person of Integrity.
The legend of George Washington telling no lies as child, when asked if he chopped down the cherry tree fills us with the vision a smart child. Mr. Washington became known as honest as the day was long. The child turned into a leader of his people through trials and tribulations.
One of many people who helped shape this country.
“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.” Oprah Winfrey
Today, I want to introduce you to another man who as a child saw the wonder of the natural world around him, Ernest Everett Just. Born in 1883 in Charleston, SC. Ernest wandered the countryside exploring rivers, lakes and oceans.
His life was full of trials and tribulations, typhoid fever, devastating Hurricane and the loss of his parents in his early childhood. Inspired by his mother, a teacher, Mr. Just graduated Darmouth College with a major in Biology along with 2 minors, one in Greek and the other in history.
As a Professor and Scientist his work centered on sea creatures which led him to his insights about egg cells and the origins of life.
Unlike Mr. Washington, Professor Just’s work never gained him recognition in the US. Professor Just did however gain recognition in the World for his discoveries.
Melina Mangal wrote a children’s picture book called “The Vast Wonder of the World, Biologist Ernest Everett Just” A little known legend’s true tale, written to inform and educate the child in all of us.
This week is celebrations of Black History Month featured in children’s picture books.
Everyone needs leaders to show them the way.