Wendell Scott Becomes 1st Black NASCAR Winner Dec01

Wendell Scott Becomes 1st Black NASCAR Winner...

On December 1, 1963, Wendell Scott became the first Black driver to win a race on NASCAR’s highest level, the Grand National Series. He finished the race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida two laps ahead of the the second place finisher Buck Baker, however Scott was not announced as the winner, with Baker getting that honor instead. After Scott protested the finish, NASCAR claimed that a scoring error was to blame and awarded him the victory. Many in attendance believe that NASCAR was terrified of the prospect of Scott kissing the white beauty queen, a NASCAR custom for the race winner. In 2010, the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame presented Scott’s family with a trophy, as Baker had taken the original trophy home with him 47 years...

Rosa Parks is Arrested...

Rosa Parks Arrested Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Her actions were seen by many as starting point in the civil rights era. Her actions brought about the Birmingham Bus Boycotts in which Blacks demonstrated their defiance and eventually forced the desegregation of the bus lines. Parks would continue being involved in the civil rights movement for the rest of her...

Football Player Jack Trice Dies Oct08

Football Player Jack Trice Dies...

Jack Trice, an offensive lineman playing in his second game for what is now known as Iowa State University, died the following day, October 8, 1923, from injuries sustained during the game against the University of Minnesota. Trice was alleged to have been targeted by the Minnesota team for rough play and suffered a broken collarbone on the second player of the game. Continuing to play through the pain, he was  trampled later in the game by three Minnesota players and taken to the hospital where he died the following day. Iowa State University refused to play football against the University of Minnesota for 65 years. The death of Trice was made even more poignant by the discovery of a letter he worte before the game in which he offered his hopes for his performance. “My thoughts just before the first real college game of my life: The honor of my race, family & self is at stake. Everyone is expecting me to do big things. I will. My whole body and soul are to be thrown recklessly about the field tomorrow. Every time the ball is snapped, I will be trying to do more than my part. On all defensive plays I must break through the opponents’ line and stop the play in their territory. Beware of mass interference. Fight low, with your eyes open and toward the play. Watch out for crossbucks and reverse end runs. Be on your toes every minute if you expect to make good. Jack.”   In 1997, after persistent efforts by student groups, faculty and alumni as well as high profile public figures (including Paul Newman, Hubert Humphrey, and Nikki Giovanni) Iowa State University renamed Cyclone Stadium as Jack Trice Stadium, the first and currently the only Division 1 stadium or...

Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier Jun11

Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier...

On June 11, 1959, Charlie Sifford became the first Black player to take part in a a Pro Golfers Association event at the U.S. Open. Two years later, the PGA remove a provision in its bylaw which prevented Black from being members of the PGA. Sifford would become its first member and won two events over the course of his...

Lincoln University Founded Apr29

Lincoln University Founded...

1854 – Lincoln University, a Historically Black College University,was chartered on April 29, 1954 in  Oxford,...

Motown Records is Formed

Motown Records was formed today in 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr.

Vanessa Williams Born...

1963 – Vanessa L. Williams born Actress-singer and the first black Miss America Vanessa L. Williams is born in Millwood, New York. 1947 – Wilson Pickett born R&B singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. 1938 – Country singer Charlie Pride born Country and western singer Charlie Pride was born in Sledge,...

Maurice Ashley Named Chess Grandmaster...

 1999 – First Black Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, an immigrant from Jamaica, was 14 and living in Brooklyn, when he feel in love with the game of chess after reading a book about Paul Morphy, a 19th-century Louisianian who was America’s first great chess player. Ever since, Ashley has focused his life on the game. As a student at Brooklyn Technical … 1946 – Jackie Roosevelt Robinson’s professional debut Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his professional debut as a member of the Montreal Royals in the Daytona Beach ballpark that now bears his name. One year later, Robinson would break Major League Baseball’s color barrier and earn the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson ba… 1919 – Nat King Cole, singer, born Nat King Cole, singer, born 1806 – Norbert Rillieux, Inventor and Egyptologist, born Norbert Rillieux, chemical engineer, inventor and Egyptologist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of an inventor and engineer, Rillieux was educated in Paris schools and, at 24, became an instructor at L’Ecole Centrale and published papers on steam economy. Rillieux is best known for inventing the “multiple...

Quincy Jones Born

1933 – Quincy Jones was born Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band. At the age of 18 he won a scholarship to Berkley College of Music in Boston. In his...

Malcolm X Resigned from the Nation of Islam...

1964 – Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam Malcolm X resigned from the Nation of Islam. 1932 – Andrew Young born Andrew Young, former US United Nations ambassador, former congressman and former mayor of Atlanta, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1955 – Death of Charlie Parker Death of Charlie Parker (34), one of the founders of the modern jazz movement, in New York City. 1982 – Charles Fuller wins the Pulitzer Prize Charles Fuller wins the Pulitzer Prize for A Soldier’s Play...

Ralph Abernathy Born

1926 – Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama. 1959 – Flip Wilson Honored Comedian and television star Flip Wilson received the International Broadcasting Man of the Year Award. Flip Wilson was the first Afro-American to be a television superstar. 1968 – Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Dock of the Bay.” Redding was killed in a plane crash three months...

Harriet Tubman Dies

1913 – Death of Harriet Tubman Death of Harriet Tubman, Auburn, New York. 1969 – James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to killing M.L.K. James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in a Memphis court to charges of killing Martin Luther King Jr. He was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. The House Select Committee on Assassinations said later that Ray fired the shot that killed King but that he was probably one element in a larger...

Walter F. White named NAACP executive secretary....

1931 – Walter F.White, NAACP Pres. Walter F. White named NAACP executive secretary. The NAACP has had many leaders since its beginning in 1910, but none was more determined and devoted than Walter F. White. This fair-skinned, blue-eyed man who wouldn’t pass worked a lifetime to defeat the nation’s barriers to integration 1922 – Activist Floyd H. McKissick born In Asheville, North Carolina, civil rights activist Floyd H. McKissick was born. A lawyer, newspaper columnist and business executive, McKissick attended Morehouse College, the University of North Carolina, and North Carolina Central University. 1997 – Rap artist Nortorious B.I.G. dies Rap artist the Nortorious B.I.G. is killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He was...

Billy Eckstine Dies

1993 – Billy Eckstine dies Singer Billy Eckstine died in Pittsburgh at age 78 1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback U.S. Senate refuses to seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of...

Selma to Montgomer March Begins...

1965 – Civil Rights March in Alabama Through the 25th, Alabama state troopers and sheriff’s deputies dispersed Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march with tear gas and billy clubs, Three white Unitarian ministers, including Rev. James J. Reeb, attacked on streets of Selma, Alabama. Reeb, who was participating in civil rights demonstrations, died later in… 1859 – Blacks Declared Non-Citizens of US The Acting Commissioner of General Lands for the United States, J.S. Wilson, stated that blacks were not citizens of the United States, and therefore were not legally entitled to preempt public lands. 1985 – “ We Are the World” single is released ” We Are the World” single is released to benefit African...

Dred Scott Decision bu the U.S. Supreme Court Mar06

Dred Scott Decision bu the U.S. Supreme Court...

1857 – Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court Dred Scott decision by U.S. Supreme Court opened Northern territory to slavery and denied citizenship to American Blacks. 1775 – Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were Prince Hall and fourteen other Blacks were initiated into British Military Lodge No. 441 of the Masons at Fort Independence, Massachusetts. Hall was a leather-dresser and caterer. On July 3, 1775, African Lodge No.1 was organized in Boston by a group of Black Masons. 1901 – Virginia State University is founded Virginia State University is...

Crispus Attucks Dies in the Boston Massacre Mar05

Crispus Attucks Dies in the Boston Massacre...

1770 – Crispus Attucks On this day, Crispus Attucks, an escaped slave became the first man killed in the cause of America’s freedom. This event is better known as the ‘Boston Massacre’. 1985 – Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp The Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp is issued by the U.S. Postal Service as the eighth stamp in its Black Heritage USA...

Comedian Bert Williams Dies...

1922 – Bert Williams–a Leading Comedian At the turn of the century Bert Williams was one of America’s stop comedians. Comedian Eddie Cantor called him a comic “genius,” W.C. Fields, a comic genius himself, once described Williams as “the funniest man I ever saw.” Williams was the first Negro to make it on the American stage. His success opened the door… 1877 – Scientist/Inventor Garrett A. Morgan born Scientist Garrett A. Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky. Inventor of a belt fastener for sewing machines, the gas mask, and the automatic traffic signal, he sold rights to General Electric for...

Rodney King Beaten by LAPD Mar03

Rodney King Beaten by LAPD...

1991 – Rodney King is beaten by a group of white policemen in Los Angeles, Calif Rodney King is beaten by a group of white policemen in Los Angeles, Calif 1932 – Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on this day. Andrew Jackson Young, Jr. was born on this day. 1821 – Thomas L. Jennings Granted Patent Thomas L. Jennings is the first Black to be granted a patent in the United States for his process ti “Dry-Scour”...

Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points Mar02

Wilt Chamberlain Scores 100 Points...

1807 – Congress bans the slave trade Congress banned the slave trade, prohibiting “the importation of slaves into the United States or the territories thereof” after January 1, 1808. 1867 – Universities and Colleges established Howard University established. Also founded or chartered in 1867 were Talladege College, Morgan State University, Johnson C. Smith College, and St. Augustine’s College. 1943 – Jazz artist George Benson born George Benson, jazz guitarist, protege and student of guitarist extraordinaire Chet Atkins, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Among Benson’s hits are “Breezin,” “Masquerade,” “The Greatest Love of All,” and “Love X...

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