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 […]

FEW ARE HEARING PRESIDENT OBAMA

  The short life of Lyndon Johnson’s presidential administration in the mid-’60s experienced more substantial legislation than any in the history of America. Civil rights, focus on the aging population and children, and education across the board were spotlighted in ways that no other president before Johnson and since him has brought about—more than fifty years […]

SHINING THROUGH THE CLOUDS

America was having serious challenges in 1967. Unrest was running rampant from sea to shining sea, whether it was the thousands of protests over the Vietnam War, the outcry over equal rights for women, mistreatment of underserved citizens which led to violence in nearly 200 cities, or the turmoil of a racially-tinged confirmation process that followed Thurgood Marshall […]