On This Day 1904: Mary McLeod Bethune opens her first school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school eventually became Bethune-Cookman University and Bethune went on to become an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Trail of Tears --"Forced from their traditional homelands men, women and children were forced to walk over 1000 miles facing the most terrible trials. The people suffered from exposure in extremely cold weather conditions, inadequate clothing, malnutrition and starvation and fatal diseases. One person out of every four died on the forced march across the route which became known as the Trail of Tears."
this is probably one of the most depressingly heart-wrenching photos. Native American children taken from their familis and put into school to assimilate them into white society. The slogan for this governmental campaign '"kill the Indian to save the man". no official apology has ever been issued. Never forgotten.
Carl Maxie Brashear, the first African American to become a United States Navy master diver, died 7/25/06. Born 01/19,1931 in Tonieville, Ky. He enlisted in the Navy in 1948, graduated from the Navy Diving & Salvage School in 1954, the first African American navy diver. In 1966, while involved in the recovery of an air force bomb, Brashear was involved in an accident that resulted in the amputation of the lower portion of one of his legs. “Men of Honor,” is a movie inspired by Brashear’s…