Black in the Day…An All American

October 31, 1893: On this date William H. Lewis became the first Black person to be named a collegiate All-American. He also had a life of many firsts. William Henry Lewis (November 28, 1868 – January 1, 1949) was a Black pioneer in athletics, law and politics. Born in Virginia to freedmen, he graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he also became one of the first Black college football players. After going to Harvard Law School and continuing to play football, Lewis was the first African American in the sport to be selected as an All-American. In 1903…

Black in the Day…A Birmingham First

October 30, 1979: On this day the first ever Black person was elected mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. When Birmingham elected me as mayor, it shook up the world,” he said. More than 70 percent of Birmingham black voters turned out to vote to help get Arrington elected for the first time. In his early years as mayor, many of Arrington’s policies were met with resistance ranging from businesses to the Legislature. “It was a real battle, but I was committed. The only reason I was able to stand there and…

The Racist and Rachet History and Present of the WWE

Admittedly, I haven’t been a fan of “wrasslin” since what was known as the “Attitude Era” when the Monday night wars were taking place. This was probably 20 plus years ago and, as a kid, I loved it. The action, the physicality, the pageantry of it all fed my love and addiction of wrasslin non-stop and made it a part of my then everyday life. Then something changed or, more so, I changed. As I grew from a boy to a man, I really started to take notice of my…

Rest In Power: John “Pops” Witherspoon

I was hesitant to write this without confirmation. I didn’t want it to be true… I was holding out hope and waiting for more information before posting because the last thing I wanted to do was announce this and be wrong… But it is true- The Family of John Witherspoon confirmed to Deadline in a statement that: “It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks…

Black in the Day…Alexander vs Holmes County

October 29, 1969: On this day the Supreme Court ruled to underscore their previous mandates in Brown and Brown II and ordered immediate desegregation of public schools. In Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education—which was decided on this day in 1969—the Court ruled to underscore their previous mandates in Brown and Brown II and ordered immediate desegregation of public schools.Noting that the “all deliberate speed” language in Brown enabled Southern states to procrastinate, the Court’s decision took no chances, saying, “The obligation of every school district is to terminate dual school systems at once and to operate now and hereafter only unitary schools.” Fifteen years after the U.S. Supreme Court…