Black in the Day…A Senate First

November 8, 1966: On this day Edward W. Brooke became the first Black person elected to the United States Senate by popular vote. Edward William Brooke III was born on October 26, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Edward William Brooke Jr. and Helen (Seldon) Brooke. He was the second of three children;[1] He was raised in a middle-class section of the city, and attended Dunbar High School, then one of the most prestigious academic high schools for African Americans.[2] After graduating in 1936, he enrolled in Howard University, where he first considered medicine, but ended…

Black in the Day…A King’s Holiday

November 2, 1983: On this day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day officially became an American holiday used to commemorate his birthday and to celebrate his life and legacy. On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill making Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday, effective Jan. 20, 1986. As a result of this bill, Americans commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday on the third Monday in January, but few Americans are aware of the history of Martin Luther King Day and the long battle to convince Congress to establish this holiday…

Black in the Day…Running the Pitch

October 23, 1940: On this day, the greatest soccer player of all time was born. Pelé was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento on 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born João Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste Arantes. He was the elder of two siblings.[1] He was named after the American inventor Thomas Edison. A member of three Brazilian World Cup-champion teams, Pelé is considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time. Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national team at 16. During his…