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...

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