On August 31, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, U.S., American professional baseball player, and manager Frank Robinson was born. He was the first black manager in major league baseball.
“Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects millions of people throughout the world and is particularly common among those with ancestry from sub-Saharan Africa.”
On August 30, back in 1838, the first African-American magazine, Mirror of Freedom, began publication in New York City.
It is on us, as individuals, as communities, and as a country, to determine whether our brilliant black and brown children will be forced to continue to walk in the shadow of their oppressors; in the shadow of white supremacy.
On August 29, back in 1921, Mal Goode became the first African American television reporter, making his debut on ABC.
Most people don’t know that Tate Brady was present during the massacre of 1921…Tate Brady was also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the General Secretary of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was also a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. As we see, the history runs deep in this city and truth should be told.
The whole Charlottesville situation was mismanaged and handled atrociously. The police force had 30 days to prepare for this day. They should have known that this was a powder keg situation, that could explode at any time. The excuse of not having enough cops to handle the crowd is weak and irresponsible. However, in Ferguson images of militarized lines of police with semi-automatic weapons and dogs backed by armored vehicles staring down black protesters on the streets of Ferguson has been burned into the national psyche.