Muhammad Ali refuses Induction into the US Army...

 On this day in 1967, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali refused induction into the United States Army on religious grounds. As a result, he was stripped of his Heavyweight title and was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000.00 fine. He was also banned from boxing for three years. He appealed and stayed out of prison until his conviction was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in 1971. About his refusal to enlist, Ali famously stated “I ain’t got not quarrel with those...

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA Apr25

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA...

 The Boston Celtics selected Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 NBA Draft, making him the first African American drafted in the NBA. Celtics owner Walter Brown famously said he didn’t care whether Cooper was “striped, plaid or polka dot,” after he was chosen. Cooper had played at Duquesne University and he joined Hall of Famers Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and Earl Lloyd as the first blacks to enter the NBA when the 1950-51 season...

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run Apr23

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run...

 On this day in day in 1954, Henry “Hank” Aaron hit his first home run agains the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron would be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after breaking Babe Ruth home run record in 1974. He retired with the all time home run record of 755 which lasted until...

Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall Jan30

Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall...

Wendell Scott was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. In addition to being the first Black driver inducted to the Hall of Fame, he was also the first Black driver to compete on the NASCAR Grand National Series and was also the only Black driver to win on NASCAR’s highest...

Mary J. Blige Born

1971 – Mary J. Blige Born. Mary J. Blige was born on this date in 1971. She is an award winning musician, the recipient of nine Grammy awards. Mary was born in Savannah, Georgia and moved at an early age with her mother and sister to Yonkers, New York. She dropped out of high school in her junior year and ventured into music by recording herself singing Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture,” into a karaoke machine. Her stepfather took the initiative to contact record executive Andre Harrell and he signed her as a backup singer. In 1991, she began working with Sean “Puffy” Combs and he produced her debut album  “What’s the 411?” The album was a huge success success, selling over three million albums. She is the only artist to win Grammys in the R&B, Rap, Pop, and Gospel fields. 1965 – Black AFL Payers Boycott All-Star Game. On this date in 1965, Black pro football players boycotted the American Football League All-Star game being held in New Orleans. The boycott was held over conditions for Black players and their families, with many being denied access to hotels and restaurants which were deemed “white-only.” Players also had trouble getting taxi service. Eventually, the league acquiesced by moving the game to Houston, Texas. Buffalo Bills star “Cookie” Gilchrist was one of the more outspoken leaders of the boycott. This was the first boycott of a city by any professional sporting event in sports history and helped to change the mindset of league officials when selecting event locations in the future. Many of the Black players complained that they were punished later by being cut and unable to catch on with new teams in the league. After the 1964 American Football League season,...

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