On the Shoulders of Giants is a mini eBook highlighting heroes of African American, African and Indigenous American descent. This eBook is an extension of my blog page On the Shoulders of Giants. This book and the blog page were designed to create awareness about heroes of the past and present who gave the world hope and freedom. It is important to recognize and understand the contributions of those before you, particularly those of African or Indigenous descent. Our past is significant because of the plight we had to overcome and in some aspects are still overcoming, to be considered human beings. This book is intended to bring awareness and give an alternative perspective of the history of Africans, African-Americans, and Indigenous Americas in North America. I believe the media gives negative perspectives of the history of nonwhite persons in North America. This book and the volumes to follow will bring light to the major accomplishments of non-whites before, during and after slavery. I feel it is important for the nonwhite youth of the world to understand the significant impact people of their culture and other
cultures have made.
This volume focuses on heroes from Mexico, America and Canada. This book is for the brave trailblazing men and women in history, who used their talents to empower and uplift their people and or fought for their freedom. When one is knowledgeable about their past, their sense of self worth will improve and they become a vessel of information to pass along to the next generation. The following ten people are trailblazers we can be proud of for serving their people. We stand on their shoulders. Enjoy!!
Joseph A. Ward is a certified Life Coach, a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He possesses over six years of experience in delivering academic success presentations to grades K-12, college-aged students, and middle aged adults. By working in diverse venues such as grade schools, college campuses, juvenile divergent programs, correctional Institutions, religious communities, homeless shelters, and foster homes he has become skilled at providing valuable life skills training to a wide variety of community members.
A graduate of the “New Hope Program” with the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, Mr. Ward served as a co-facilitator with the program for over four years, working to teach life and professional skills to underprivileged persons. He helped to establish the Florida A&M University chapter of Men of Strength (MOST) and currently serves as a co-facilitator with the organization. Mr. Ward also successfully developed the Sexual Violence Prevention Program with the Florida Department of Health in Leon County and holds over six years of sexual and domestic violence Prevention training experience with A Call to Men, Men Can Stop Rape, and the Florida Council against Sexual Violence. Mr. Ward is the founder of Live Skilled Live Fulfilled, a comprehensive life skills training and sexual and domestic violence prevention company. He is the author of On the Shoulders of Giants Vol: 1 North America, the host of The Freedom Train talk radio show on WTAL 1450 AM, and the lead contributor for the Live Skilled Live Fulfilled blog.
Mr. Ward’s commitment to his community has proven him to be a reputable teacher, coach, trainer, and motivator. He is dedicated to uplifting and educating individuals around the world while helping to create mindsets and environments which fosters greatness.