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Shoe Blowout, Knee Injury Leave Zion, Duke To Mull FutureDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too. All because of a freak [...]

Wisconsin School Ends Cheerleading Awards For Body PartsKENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school is ending cheerleading awards given annually to girls with the largest breasts or buttocks — dubbed “Big Booty” and “Big Boobie” — after the American Civil [...]

Park Ranger Furloughed During Shutdown Wins LotteryTRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A park ranger furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown has claimed a $29.5 million lottery jackpot. The New Jersey Lottery on Wednesday announced Judith Smith had [...]

Cory Booker Shows His Tough Side To VotersPORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Nearing the end of a lively town hall with hundreds of voters packed into an art gallery, Cory Booker surveyed the crowd and reassured them that his sunny, unity-first presiden [...]

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Denied Return To U.S.WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has evidence she’s an American citizen. U.S. officials contend that H [...]

Coast Guard Lieutenant Arrested After Making Hit List That Included Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris And Corey BookerWASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included [...]

Pastor And Father Of Five Dies From Heart Attack After Communion ServiceRev. Charles M. Franklin Jr of Ray of Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland suffered a heart attack and died after communion service. [...]

WATCH: Houston Socialite Angered By Child’s Birthday Shoot Goes ViralIn the latest viral example of white folks not minding their own business, let us introduce you to Franci Neely, a Houston socialite who was once married to Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. Apparently, [...]

Remains Found Of Florida Teen Who May Have Witnessed 2017 MurderThe skeletal remains of a Florida teenager who vanished after possibly witnessing a murder that happened in 2017 were found over the weekend in a rural area, NBC Reports. Jabez Spann was 14 when he we [...]

Houston Police Chief Announces Plan To End No-Knock Warrants After Officer’s Lies Leave Two DeadAfter a January raid left two dead and five officers injured, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says the department will end “no-knock” warrants. According to NBC, Houston police will also be required [...]

George Zimmerman Kicked Off Popular Dating App… Again George Zimmerman was allegedly looking for love on a popular dating app before the company blocked and banned him…again. Zimmerman’s Bumble account was shut down on Monday, and it’s second time in a [...]

#JusticeForTamlaHorsford: Why And How Did This Mother Of Five Really Die At An Adult Sleepover?Tamla Horsford suspiciously died in November 2018 after she reportedly fell off a balcony during a “football moms” overnight party in Forsyth, GA. [...]

Man Says He Stole Pepsi Truck To Get To The AirportTULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an Oklahoma man stole a Pepsi truck as the driver was unloading soda in the back. Tulsa police say no one was hurt. The driver jumped out of the back when he felt h [...]

Man Charged For Recording Women In The RestroomA Texas man has been charged with filming women as they undressed and used the restroom at a Cheesecake Factory where he was an employee. According to ABC13, Herman Watson was arrested and plead guilt [...]

Obama Joined By Curry To Tell Minority Boys ‘You Matter’OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a be [...]

Justice Thomas Calls For Re-Examining Landmark Libel CaseWASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court should consider overturning a 55-year-old landmark ruling that makes it hard for public figures to win libel suits, writing in a case i [...]

Pre-’93 NFL Pension Benefits Group Receives $100K DonationWASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofi [...]

Editor Who Called For KKK Revival And Lynchings Removed From College Hall Of FameAn Alabama newspaper editor who called for a KKK revival and lynchings faces no real consequences. [...]

Aurora Shooter’s Family: ‘We Are So Sorry’AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The family of the man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse is offering condolences to the victims’ families, with one relative saying “we deep [...]

Judge OK’s Lawsuit To Stop Obama Library In ChicagoCHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge gave the green light Tuesday to a parks-advocacy group’s lawsuit that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million pres [...]

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Wilma Rudolph

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Wilma Rudolph

1940-1994 Born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, Wilma Rudolph was the first female American runner to win three gold medals in the Olympic Games. She earned the title of “World’s Fastest Woman” by winning the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash and anchoring the 400-meter relay at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

These achievements would be considered remarkable by any standard, but in light of the fact that as a child Rudolph suffered an attack of polio and scarlet fever that left her unable to walk without braces or orthopedic shoes until age twelve, they are amazing. Rudolph’s phenomenal accomplishments helped remove barriers to women’s participation in track and field events. Continue reading

Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928), inventor, scientist; born in Chelsea, Mass. Latimer served in the Union Navy in 1863, studied drafting, and later invented and patented an incandescent light bulb with a carbon filament in 1881.

He served as an engineer for the Edison Company for many years, and while with Edison supervised the installation of the electric light system in New York, N.Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Montreal, Canada; and London, England.

Latimer wrote the first textbook on the lighting system used by the Edison Company, and he was employed by Alexander Graham Bell to make patent drawings for the first telephone. He also served as chief draftsman for General Electric and Westinghouse companies.  Continue reading

Larry Doby

Larry Doby

Born on Dec. 13, 1923, in Camden, S.C., Doby grew up in New Jersey. He didn’t start out in life longing for a career in professional baseball. He once said that he grew up wanting to teach and coach in high school.

But in 1942, a Negro League umpire recommended to the owner of the Newark Eagles that Doby, still in high school at the time, get a tryout. “They gave me a tryout, and I made the team,” Doby said. “That’s how I got involved in Negro League Baseball.”

Doby proved he was star material early in his Negro League days. He was an All-Star second baseman whose baseball credentials might have been better than Robinson’s.  Continue reading

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Civil rights activist and reformer. Parks is best known for instigating the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 in protest of segregation laws. Rosa Louise McCauley was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskagee, Alabama. Her father, James, was a carpenter, and her mother, Leona, a teacher. Parks attended a liberal private school as an adolescent.

After briefly attending Alabama State University, she married Raymond Parks, a barber and activist, in 1932, and the couple settled in Montgomery, Alabama. Besides working as a seamstress and a housekeeper, Parks was involved in several African-American organizations. She served as secretary for her community chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and also worked for the Montgomery Voters League, the NAACP Youth Council, and other civic and religious groups.  Continue reading

Caterina Jarboro

Caterina Jarboro

Caterina Jarboro

Caterina Jarboro (1903-1986) was a pioneering African American opera singer. In 1933 — twenty-two full years before Marian Anderson’s début at the Metropolitan Opera — impresario Alfredo Salmaggi hired Jarboro to sing with his opera company at the Hippodrome.

She was thus the first black opera singer ever to sing on an opera stage in America. (This milestone earned Salmaggi special recognition from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  Continue reading