Elijah Cummings Loved Black Folks

Elijah Cummings loved black folks before you could be verified on Twitter for loving black folks or get love likes on Facebook because you wrote a post about loving black folks. Elijah Cummings loved black folks in in 1950’s and 60’s segregated Baltimore, Maryland, where he was born and raised. He was raised to love black folks because Baltimore showed Elijah Cummings first hand that black folks needed to be loved. In elementary school, Cummings was part of a group of black folks who helped to integrate swimming pools in…

Black in the Day…The Longest Jump

October 18, 1968: On this day Bob Beamon set the world and Olympic long jumping record at 29 ft, 2.5 in at the Mexico City Olympics.  Robert Beamon was born in South Jamaica, Queens, New York and grew up in the New York Housing Authority’s Jamaica Houses. When he was attending Jamaica High School he was discovered by Larry Ellis, a renowned track coach. Beamon later became part of the All-American track and field team.[vague] Beamon began his college career at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, to be close to his ill grandmother.  After her death, he transferred to…

Black in the Day…Black Capital

October 18, 1888:   On this date the first bank organized and operated by African Americans was Capital Savings Bank in Washington, D.C. Just four years after it opened, its deposits had grown to over $300,000. It opened shop at a time when the mere notion of offering financial services to the African American community was a novel idea. Capital Savings Bank provided the capital essential to the growth of black businesses, capital that white-owned banks were unwilling to lend. The community proudly deposited its money in Capital Savings Bank. The…