THE ORIGINAL WHITE SHADOW

There is little doubt that the 1960s experienced more notable firsts than in any other decade in history. Whether it was government, entertainment or business, the most eye-opening of firsts most likely occurred during that era. Sports on a number of levels picked up many firsts, and few raised more eyebrows than the exploits of the 1965-66 Texas Western […]

WINNING WITHOUT QUOTAS

The color line was erased in major league baseball when Jackie Robinson stepped on the baseball diamond at Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, Robinson’s football teammates at UCLA, along with Marion Motley and Bill Willis, were the first African Americans to play American team sports after signing to […]

THE WRITER WHO ACTIVATED

America has been known for its counterculture personalities who addressed the issues of its day, whether it was Thomas Paine and Phillis Wheatley during the Revolutionary Period; Harriet Beecher Stowe, David Walker, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs during the Slavery Abolition Period; or the luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance that included Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson and […]

WHAT’S NEW IS OLD

  To many historians the reign of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany uncovered anti-Jewish sentiment across the world, most notably in the United States. Unfortunately, the overriding tone of today’s political conversation has been leaning in the direction of racism, sexism, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic. Though the objective of the debates might be construed as mere political dissertation, the […]