Black in the Day…An MLB legend

August 31, 1935:   Black in the Day   On this day, Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win MVP in both leagues, was born. Frank was born in Beaumont, Texas. He was the youngest of ten children born to Frank Robinson and Ruth Shaw. An outfielder and first baseman, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 in his first year of eligibility. A fearsome hitter, Robinson ranks 10th on the career home runs list with 586. He won…

Black in the Day…Here Comes the Judge

August 30, 1966: Black in the Day On this day Constance Baker Motley was confirmed as U.S. district judge and becomes the first Black woman on the federal bench. But this wasn’t the only time she made history. She was also first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate in 1964. Making history and making law are the twin components of Constance Baker Motley’s extraordinary life and career. After graduating from Columbia’s Law School in 1946, Motley’s legal career began as a law clerk in the fledgling…

Black in the Day…It’s all Goode

August 29, 1962: Black in the Day On this day in 1962 Mal Goode became the first Black network news correspondent for ABC television network as a United Nations (UN) reporter. He allegedly received this position after baseball player Jackie Robinson, who was the first Black player in the major leagues, complained to ABC executives about the lack of Black reporters. Goode’s first assignment was covering the Cuban Missile Crisis; he distinguished himself with incisive TV and radio reports during the long hours of debate at the UN. For two months in 1963 he joined three of his peers…

Black in the Day…A Dream Unfulfilled

August 28, 1963: Black in the Day   In his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society. But sadly, Dr. King’s dream of racial equality and harmony has not been fulfilled, and this country STILL has alot of work to do.   Martin Luther King’s I have a dream…