Black in the Day…A Four Star General

September 21, 1989:   On this day Colin Powell made history by becoming the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-the highest military position in the Department of Defense, Oct. 1, 1989, to Sept. 30, 1993. At age 52, he became the youngest officer to serve in this position. Powell made history by becoming the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-the highest military position in the Department of Defense, Oct. 1, 1989, to Sept. 30, 1993. At age 52, he became the youngest officer to serve in…

Black in the Day…A Strong Black Family Unit

September 20, 1984:   On this day The Cosby Show premiered on NBC and changed the landscape of network television. It provided a representation of the black family that centered on black pride and racial progress. As the most watched situational comedy in television history, The Cosby Show aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992. For eight seasons, the show taught Americans 30-minute ethical and moral lessons through the lives of Cliff and Clair Huxtable and their children. The Huxtables were a middle-class, nuclear black family living in a Brooklyn, New York…

North Carolina Sheriff Indicted in Murder Plot

In yet another throw the whole system away moment, Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, who has served as the sheriff of Granville County since 2009, has been  charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice for withholding knowledge of a credible threat made against Joshua Freeman and failing to take appropriate law enforcement action. The indictment came after a ten month investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, according to a release from Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.  The North Carolina sheriff was indicted on…

Black in the Day…The Start of the Golden Tigers

September 19, 1881: On this day Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, held its first classes. Booker T. Washington, then the school’s only teacher, instructed the inaugural class of thirty African American students out of a one-room shanty near the Butler Chapel AME Zion Church. As the newly hired principal in Tuskegee, Booker Washington began classes for his new school in a rundown church and shanty. The following year (1882), he purchased a former plantation of 100 acres in size. In 1973 the Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, did an oral history interview with Annie Lou…

Black in the Day…A Slavehunter Amongst Us

September 18, 1850: On this day one of American History’s worst laws was passed. Passed on September 18, 1850 by Congress, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was part of the Compromise of 1850.  The act required that slaves be returned to their owners, even if they were in a free state.  The act also made the federal government responsible for finding, returning, and trying escaped slaves. The Fugitive Slave Act or Fugitive Slave Law was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers. The Act was one of…