Black in the Day…The Wizard of Tuskegee

November 14, 1915: On this day educator, author, orator, and advisor Booker T. Washington passed away from complications of hugh blood pressure.   Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856[1] – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author, orator, and advisor to multiple presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community known as a Black elite. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. They were newly oppressed…

Black in the Day…The Youngest to Ever Do It

November 13, 1985: On this day Dwight Gooden, pitcher for the NY Mets, won the NL Cy Young Award. By doing so, he became the youngest pitcher in history to win the award. Dwight Eugene “Doc” Gooden (born November 16, 1964), nicknamed “Dr. K”, is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Gooden pitched from 1984 to 1994 and from 1996 to 2000 for the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In a career spanning 430 games, he pitched ​2,800 2⁄3 innings and posted a win–loss record of 194–112,…

Black in the Day…The Godfather of Golf

November 10, 1957: On this day Charlie Sifford wins the Long Beach Open becoming the first Black man to win a major professional golf tournament. Sifford was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1922.[2] He began work as a caddy at the age of thirteen.[3] He moved to Philadelphia when he was 17 years old, where he played against local black golfers.[4] Sifford began golfing professionally in 1948.[5] He competed in the golf tournaments that black golfers organized for themselves as they were excluded from the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA). Sifford won the United Golf Association‘s National…

Black in the Day…A Man Ahead of His Time

November 9, 1731: On this day the greatest minds ever was born. Almanac author, inventor, surveyor , naturalist and farmer; Benjamin Banneker was born as a free African American in Baltimore County, Province of Maryland, British America.   Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731, in Baltimore County, Maryland to Mary Banneky, a free black, and Robert, a freed slave from Guinea.[2][3][4][5] There are two conflicting accounts of Banneker’s family history. Banneker himself and his earliest biographers described him as having only African ancestry.[6][7][8] None of Banneker’s surviving papers describe a white ancestor or…