Since Memorial Day is tomorrow I would like to share some facts about the National holiday. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in remembrance of the Civil War on this holiday people put flowers on the graves of those who died in the civil war though different areas in America celebrated that holiday on different dates. It wasn’t until after WWI, the name was changed to Memorial Day and is now a holiday celebrating all fallen soldiers though it wasn’t an official government holiday until 1971. So that means they literally took around 50 years to make it into an official government holiday!
Today in honor of Women’s history month I am talking about a woman who changed their world for the better. In her life Maya Angelou had many jobs and careers which included a waitress, cook, singer, dancer, actor, and director, though she is most known for her career in writing.
Her real name is Marguerite Johnson and she was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4th, 1928. She had hard childhood because her mother’s boyfriend abused here and for four years she didn’t talk to anyone but her brother. She had to move through homes and sometimes she was homeless. Her writing talked about oppression in many forms including white people on black people men on women and rich on poor.
Her most famous writing is I know why the caged bird sings the book is about a young girl growing up in 1930s Arkansas in the time of segregation. I don’t want to spoil the book but be sure to read it.
She has been nominated for Tony and Emmy awards and in 1993 she read her poem On the pulse morning at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration; she was the first African American and woman to do this. In 2010, she received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Sadly she died at 86 while writing a new book in 2014.
Please take Maya Angelou’s story to inspire yourself.
I’m here to share some Lego creations by me and my little brother. The first one I would like to show you is what I call an E.D.M which means earth defense machine. The machine has a claw for grabbing, a shield for blocking, two lasers and a slash claw. For optimum use the E.D.M has two pilots and its battery in the back. The other thing is a satellite train, the train has a giant satellite for receiving and broadcasting messages. The satellite uses its dish to catch radio waves and the middle shoots them out. So those are just some things me and my brother built.
I always wanted to travel the world and now I’m going to talk about Japan. Japan is a part of Asia, the country’s capital is Tokyo and there are many sights to see such as Mt. Fuji and the cherry blossom tree, they also sometimes eat blowfish. In Japan, 80% of the country follow the Shinto religion, the word Shinto means way of the gods, there are over 100,000 shrines in the country. Shinto has Kami which are sort of gods. Japan is a really nice place and I would like to go there.
The Ebola virus has reached the United States of America and I have some tips on how to stay healthy. When someone first contracts Ebola the symptoms resemble that of the common cold or the Flu. Later on symptoms such as bleeding from the eyes; purple spots on the skin and fever can occur. Ebola is very hard to contract because it is transferred through bodily fluids and the contaminated area must come in contact with an opening in the body such as the mouth, nose, eyes, cuts, and bruises in the skin. Always wash your hands after going to public places and after eating. Use these precautions to avoid catching Ebola. So far the disease has had three cases in the United States of America and a major outbreak in West African countries including Liberia. It is predicted that there will be thousands more cases of Ebola through December. There are five different strains of Ebola though all of them are fatal.
Our way of life on the planet earth depends on resources such as renewable ones and non-renewable ones. As an example for a non-renewable resource (a resource that when used does not reproduce) take oil; oil is derived from plants buried underground millions of years ago then compressed into a liquid. We use oil to fuel machines such as cars and buses. Non-renewable resources can become scarce after long periods of time and when these essential items numbers deplete catastrophic things can happen to the industries of oil and many other products. Renewable resources are things such as trees; a tree for example is able to grow from a seed and reproduce they are excellent examples for renewable resources. Though people can still halt the reproduction of these resources for example cutting down trees and forests; this can cause damage to the planet ending the loss of our resources. You can help by saving trees and donating money to save the forests.
Our population today the population is in the billions and is expected to go much higher in the next few years. The population used to be somewhere in the millions but then there was the Industrial Age. Amazing breakthroughs in medical science started happening; cars came to roads and trains moved important goods. Then the amount of people on earth sky rocketed to immense numbers. That is why the population is very massive; though because of our great numbers the planet Earth’s resources are steadily decreasing; this can have catastrophic damage to the planet. Since we can’t stop population growth what we can do is save water; take more showers and drive cars less.