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,…