Black History Month: Facts #9

Minnijean Brown. Elizabeth Eckford. Ernest Green. Thelma Mothershed. Melba Patillo. Gloria Ray. Terrence Roberts. Jefferson Thomas. Carlotta Walls. These are the "Little Rock 9": the first Black students to enroll in an all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Before that story is recapped, there is a story that needs to be … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts #9

Black History Month: Facts #7

“Maybe the law ain’t perfect, but it’s the only one we got, and without it we got nuthin” — Bass Reeves Bass Reeves (1838 - 1910) was born a slave in Arkansas; by the time of his death, he was known as the first Black Deputy Marshall west of the Mississippi, one of the greatest frontiersmen in the … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts #7

Black History Month: Facts #6

The U.S. Congress - for good or ill - has seemingly been in the news for most of the last year. A wave of women and minorities hit the House of Representative in 2016 and 2018. There haven't been too many minorities in the Congress in my lifetime (I'm 41 years old). However, the ones … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts #6

Black History Month: Facts #5

Jerry Lawson, an Engineer, is generally credited as the first black game designer. Lawson was not only a self-taught engineer but one of the very few black engineers of his time. In 1976, after spending time at Queens College, Lawson developed the Fairchild Channel F, the first cartridge-bases console system that had a Pause button … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts #5

Black History Month: Facts #4

I don't think I need to explain how much I like Drum & Bugle Corps (or Marching Band, in general). How does this tie into Black History Month? An article from 2007, from Drum Corps International (DCI). I haven't been able to find info or stats on the percentage of black marchers and Drum Majors … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts #4

Black History Month: Facts, #2

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. Texas Western: 1966 NCAA Champions You sometimes get the "David vs. Goliath" match-up in sports: the scrappy underdog, with almost zero chance to win, versus the powerhouse favorite, who's a near-lock … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts, #2

Black History Month: Facts, #1

February is 'Black History Month' in the United States. Over the last 10-12 years, whether it was the rise of profiling and arresting/assaulting of black people by the police (especially black men) or the near-daily occurrence of someone having a racial "slip of the tongue" in the media or on social media (starting with the … Continue reading Black History Month: Facts, #1