Black in the Day…The Importance of Black Economic Independence

August 23, 1900: The National Negro Business League was founded in Boston, Massachusetts with Booker T. Washington as its first president. Its membership included the elite of Black business leaders as well as a large number of the upwardly aspiring Black middle class. The purpose of the organization was to “promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro.” Washington established the group because he believed that the key to ending racism in the United States was through economic development. He also believed that economic development would allow African-Americans to become…

Black in the Day….The Murder of the Revolutionary Huey P. Newton

August 22, 1989: 30 years ago today Black revolutionary icon Huey Newton was killed in the streets of Oakland, California On August 22, 1989, co-founder of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense (BPP) Huey P. Newton was murdered. Newton was fatally shot on Center Street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood of West Oakland by a 24-year-old Black Guerrilla Family member. His last words to his killer before being shot twice in the head were, You can kill my body, and you can take my life, but you can never kill my soul. My soul…

Black in the Day….Nat Turner’s Rebellion

August 21, 1831: This was the start of Nat Turner’s Slave Revolt that took place in Southampton county, Virginia.  Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831) was a black American slave who led the only effective, sustained slave rebellion (August 1831) in U.S. history. Spreading terror throughout the white South, his action set off a new wave of oppressive legislation prohibiting the education, movement, and assembly of slaves and stiffened proslavery, antiabolitionist convictions that persisted in that region until the American Civil War (1861–65). Here are 10 things you may not know about…

Black in the Day….Dr. Charles Drew, the Father of the Modern Day Bloodbank

August 20, 1944: On this day the Spingarn Medal was presented to Charles R. Drew “who set up and ran the blood plasma bank in the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City which served as one of the models for the widespread system of blood banks now in operation for the American Red Cross.” In order to understand the significance of this, let me give you pertinent info on the award itself as well as Dr. Drew. The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for…

Black in the Day….Robert C. Maynard changing the face of journalism

August 19, 1993: The passing of a trailblazer….   Robert C. Maynard, the first African Am hbkerican editor and owner of a major daily newspaper in the United States, was known as a trailblazing journalist who led efforts to desegregate newsrooms and educate minority students to pursue careers in journalism. Maynard was born in 1937 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. He dropped out of high school when he was 16 to work as a freelance writer for newspapers including the black weekly, The New York Age. He landed…