Friday, February 1, 2008

Black..........and Proud of it!!!!

As we embark on another Black History Month, let us pause to ponder a few little known facts..........

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African-American Firsts: Sports

  • Major league baseball player: Jackie Robinson, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Jackie Robinson, 1962.
  • NFL quarterback: Willie Thrower, 1953.
  • NFL football coach: Fritz Pollard, 1922–1937.
  • Golf champion: Tiger Woods, 1997, won the Masters golf tournament.
  • NHL hockey player: Willie O'Ree, 1958, Boston Bruins.1
  • Tennis champion: Althea Gibson became the first black person to play in and win Wimbledon and the United States national tennis championship. She won both tournaments twice, in 1957 and 1958. In all, Gibson won 56 tournaments, including five Grand Slam singles events. The first black male champion was Arthur Ashe who won the 1968 U.S. Open, the 1970 Australian Open, and the 1975 Wimbledon championship.
  • Heavyweight boxing champion: Jack Johnson, 1908.
  • Olympic medalist (Summer games): George Poage, 1904, won two bronze medals in the 200 m hurdles and 400 m hurdles.
  • Olympic gold medalist (Summer games): John Baxter "Doc" Taylor, 1908, won a gold medal as part of the 4 x 400 m relay team.
  • Olympic gold medalist (Summer games; individual): DeHart Hubbard, 1924, for the long jump; the first woman was Alice Coachman, who won the high jump in 1948.
  • Olympic medalist (Winter games): Debi Thomas, 1988, won the bronze in figure skating.
  • Olympic gold medalist (Winter games): Vonetta Flowers, 2002, bobsled.
  • Olympic gold medalist (Winter games; individual): Shani Davis, 2006, 1,000 m speedskating.

Other African-American Firsts

  • Millionaire: Madame C. J. Walker.
  • Billionaire: Robert Johnson, 2001, owner of Black Entertainment Television; Oprah Winfrey, 2003.
  • Portrayal on a postage stamp: Booker T. Washington, 1940 (and also 1956).
  • Miss America: Vanessa Williams, 1984, representing New York. When controversial photos surfaced and Williams resigned, Suzette Charles, the runner-up and also an African American, assumed the title. She represented New Jersey. Three additional African Americans have been Miss Americas: Debbye Turner (1990), Marjorie Vincent (1991), and Kimberly Aiken (1994).
  • Explorer, North Pole: Matthew A. Henson, 1909, accompanied Robert E. Peary on the first successful U.S. expedition to the North Pole.
  • Explorer, South Pole: George Gibbs, 1939–1941 accompanied Richard Byrd.
  • Flight around the world: Barrington Irving, 2007, from Miami Gardens, Florida, flew a Columbia 400 plane named Inspiration around the world in 96 days, 150 hours (March 23-June 27).
During the month of February we will bring you little know black facts.............It's just a shame a month has to be specified as "Black History Month" just to give the general public information that should be taught daily in our school systems.

Growing up .......blacks learned who "Daniel Boone" was..........Christopher Columbus, Ponce De Leon...........etc. What we were not taught were the feats of
John Mercer Langston, Joseph Rainey, and Edward Brooke.

These were three great Black Americans .....but somehow, someway were kept out of the history books we were schooled on.................... Stay tuned..............

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