Because the Month of April is all of the following: 1) National Black Women’s History Month, 2) National Inventors Month, and 3) National Awareness Month, I think it is fitting to discuss a blend of all three. Today, CALIFORNIA IS ME® has taken the time to shine a light on those who illuminate the invisibles, like Queen Calafía’s California Amazon, Fawn Weaver. Are you aware that a Slave, Nathan “Nearest” Green, invented the process of making Jack Daniels®? Fawn Weaver, a black woman, recently used her California courage to restore a wrong (see New York Times article). She, an author too, has since invented a whiskey brand, called “Uncle Nearest 1856” to honor a slave’s legacy. Indeed, necessity is the mother of invention. The American Black person was uniquely born out of necessity-in the American fabric of enslavement and their own personal struggles. Law Professor Kevin J. Greene of TJSL commented both on the Black American contribution in music and inventorship:
“Similarly, Black inventors (against stunning odds) created technical and scientific works that impacted entire early American industries. Evidence that exists indicates that Black inventors too faced similar divestiture in the industrial marketplace. The misappropriation of the work of Black artists and inventors reflects the systemic subordination based on race that characterized most of U.S. history.”
-Kevin J. Greene. See (Stealing the Blues article by Kevin J. Greene).
Thus, it is logical, due to the upward mobility from slavery, that the Black person in America would have unknown historical intellectual property treasures then and today. Black women aka California Amazons and their children continue to develop dreams and conceptualize ideas. I dub Fawn Weaver the “Queen of Restoration” for uncovering, monetizing, and crediting King Nathan Green for his tasty invention.
Queen Fawn has been a guiding light for CALIFORNIA IS ME EST. 1510® and my discovery of California’s Black Queen Calafia.
Inspired also by Sarah Breedlove Walker aka Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first woman, of any race, self-made millionaire, I am now not only a copyright holder, but now I am a trademark holder.
“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.”
-Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912 (Madam Walker Essay” from www.madamcjwalker.com by A’Lelia Bundles )
I dub thee Queen C.J., the “Queen of the Glory Crown” for making a way out of no way! According to Queen C.J. “America doesn't respect anything but money. What our people need is a few millionaires.“