Beyond Imagination

Beyond Imagination

Albert Einstein was more than the famous physicist or Nobel prize winner that we all admire and applaud. He was very pivotal in the Black right movement in his days, and his life's work not only posited the theories for gravity, motion, and other quantum mechanics. His name also rings true as a legend in the hearts of black Americans.

Einstein was not necessarily a charismatic, extraordinarily captivating public figure. He did not set up large campaigns against prejudice or other racial discriminatory issues either. But, history cannot ignore his 'one man's contribution to the movement against Color-based oppression.

Early Life And Family

Albert Einstein was born into a regular Jewish family on the 14th of March 1879. His father, Hermann Einstein, was a salesman and an engineer, while his mother was Pauline Koch. Einstein had a sibling Maja, who was two years younger than himself. In 1903 Einstein got married to Milena Maric, who was also a physicist. Before their union dissolved 16 years later, their marriage yielded three children; a daughter, Lieserl, and two sons; Eduard and Hans. Einstein later remarried his cousin Elsa Löwenthal

Einstein's Involvement with the Black Americans.

Besides his numerous academic and scientific accolades, Einstein sought numerous ways to help the underprivileged in his day. This attribute of his was probably due to the struggles Einstein had faced in his own life. Besides helping to bring about the second oldest university in Israel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in 1925, Einstein took up the cause of defending the Black Americans against Racism.

During Hitler’s reign, Einstein and other jews like himself were caught in a unfortunate situation as brutality became their entitlement. Faced with such severe, life-threatening persecutions, Einstein soon became one of 340,000 Jews who fled Germany when the Nazis rose to power. So, having faced such oppression and persecution, Einstein thoroughly understood what it meant to be victimized and discriminated against for something that wasn't one's fault at all.

In 1946 Einstein visited Lincoln University, an HBCU located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. This visit was significant for several reasons. Firstly, because this university was the first to grant degrees to black Americans, Einstein wanted to identify himself with their cause.

Albert Einstein and Lincoln University president Horace Mann Bond pose for photographs after the conferring of the honorary degree.

Secondly, this time could have rightly been called 'the dark ages of racial prejudice because of the corrosive levels of harassment the Blacks were suffering. White superiority was established normality; Black Americans had become used to the segregation that accosted them daily, several persons who dared to speak up had been murdered, numerous riots and protest had occurred e.t.c 

But all these societal cum political quagmires not minding, Einstein visited, interacted with, and took questions from the Black Students. Much to the amazement of many top-class racists, he also accepted an honorary degree from Lincoln University. Besides this occasion, Einstein also published a book titled ' The Negro Question.' This book further reinforced his stand against maltreatment of the African American Community.

Einstein was a true hero that stood against endemic Racism. His style of heroism might not have bore semblance to many others, but we cannot deny that he was an outspoken advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, for even in death, his legacy has continued to live on.

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Sources used: Blavity, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, Britannica, Live Science, Smithsonian Magazine