DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The basic truth of any movie based on a true story: Not everything makes the final cut.
As we celebrate the release of “42”, the Warner Brothers movie of Jackie Robinson’s epic accomplishments, here are a few additional details regarding Robinson’s 1946 spring training in Daytona Beach and the role of Bethune-Cookman and its founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
1. While Robinson’s game at City Island Ballpark, which now bears his name, is the most famous, Robinson also played in Daytona Beach at Kelly Field, now the site of a recreational complex not too far from the Bethune-Cookman campus.
NEW HAVEN, CT. --
As journalists, there’s an unwritten rule stating that you report the story, not become part of it.
However in some instances, there can be unusual circumstances.
Those circumstances can sometimes lead to changes for the greater good, societal and otherwise.
Wendell Smith (left) was a sports journalist that made a career of being civic minded. That civic mindedness led to righting one of the greatest wrongs in all of professional sports.
Born on March 23, 1914 in Detroit, Smith’s father worked in Henry Ford’s household as a chef.
EDITORS' NOTE: 69 years ago this Tuesday (March 12, 1944), North Carolina Central and Duke played an illegal, racially-integrated basketball game that later became known as "The Secret Game."
Through the courtesy of NCCU athletics and the New York Times Magazine, we offer up Scott Ellsworth's article about the game published back in March of 1996.
NEW YORK -- Aubrey Stanley double-checked the laces on his sneakers and sneaked a look across the gym floor. The other team's center was a good three or four inches shorter than Big Dog, the center on Stanley's team, the Eagles.
NEW YORK -- Growing up as child, I was taught in grade school that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
However, having a great mother at home instilled a sense of cultural pride and awareness, which helped me learn what school systems were not willing to teach.
It is accurate to say that black history for me was a year round custom growing up.
I consider myself fortunate to have a mother whose roots in the civil rights struggle ran deep.
My mother actually co-founded the first Black Student Union at her hometown community college.
VIRGINIA -- I am Thelma Atkins-Riley, the daughter of the late Annie Idell Harrison-Atkins and the late George Edward Atkins, Sr.
I was reared by my grandparents the late Peter and Annie Harrison from an infant in the area known as Washington Park in Emporia, Virginia.
I am very cognizant of the fact that my grandmother molded my early years building a foundation for my present accomplishments.
My Godparents were the late John and Dorthula Knox, who also were very instrumental in shaping and molding me to be the woman I am today.
Montgomery, Ala. --U.S. Postal Service officials will unveil a new
historic Forever Stamp honoring civil rights leader Rosa Parks at the
site of her famous arrest during a 100th birthday celebration for Ms.
Parks on Monday, Feb. 4, hosted by Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum in historic downtown Montgomery, Alabama.
The event in Montgomery will be held in conjunction with two additional
events on the same day in Michigan.
The Charles Wright Museum of African
American History in Detroit and The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn will
join the Montgomery Rosa Parks Museum in celebrating the unveiling of
the commemorative stamp on this historic occasion.
NEW YORK -- In his book 'Stolen Legacy'
, the industrious G. M. James argued emphatically that Greek philosophy was not an independently engendered invention, but rather, it was simply African Mystery System's from the Kemetic school of thought that had been rather crudely repackaged and credited to a small group of Greek intellectuals.
Western historians to this day are unable to refute many of the claims in his book, and the inconvenient location of the school of Alexandria (the largest 'Greek' library and center of 'Greek' thought) on the African continent, leaves the rather dubious question: "If the Africans had nothing to offer the Greeks, then why did they need to send their intellectuals there for education?
CANADA -- A moment of silence, please…for Canada’s veterans as well as those from all over the world.
And a very special moment of silence to honour the memory of Canada’s many Black veterans who fought to keep our country safe despite seemingly insurmountable odds.
American Revolution 1775-1783
Canada developed a reputation as a safe haven for Blacks during the American Revolution.
The British promised land, freedom and rights in exchange for services rendered and British Commander-in-Chief Sir Guy Carleton guaranteed that all slaves who formally requested British protection would be freed.
NEW YORK -- Amerikkka's father Geoprge Washington (1732-1799), was
one of the largest slave owners in amerikkkan history.
He laid the
corner stone of the Federal District in the name of Freemasonry, and the
555 foot monument in his honor cannot be exceeded in height by any
building, in accord with District law.
His home state of Virginia was the prime breeder of
Black People for the domestic slave trade, and at one point the state
exported 6,000 Black people annually - their biggest "cash crop.
NEW YORK -- The first civilization of ancient America is called the Olmec.
was located along the Mexican Gulf Coast and began more than three thousand
The most significant and widely acknowledged sculptural
representations of African people in the Western Hemisphere (the "New World")
were sculpted by the Olmecs.
The Olmec developed the first civilization of the
At least seventeen monumental basalt stone heads, each weighing ten to
forty tons, have been unearthed in Olmec sites along the Mexican Gulf Coast.