Black History Fact: Bessie Coleman was the first African American Woman to earn her Pilot's license in 1921...She had to travel to France to get her license, but as a black woman in America she was not allowed to fly...#KRNB#BlackHistoryMonth#Livelifesmooth
Hired in 1955 as a human computer, mathematician Annie Easley led a 34-year NASA career developing software code for numerous programs. Her work on the Centaur rocket booster project framed the technical foundation for launching future satellites: https://go.nasa.gov/3uySNwW
"The Black King" (1932) is a comedy-drama loosely based on the life of Marcus Garvey. In 1940, the film got re-released as "Harlem Big Shot." White filmmakers produced several movies during the Race film era (movies made for Black audiences), so stereotypical conducts weren't uncommon, but to make a satirical film about Marcus Garvey's movement is a different tier of audacity. Nevertheless, the movie had its moments led by veteran actor A.B. DeComathiere. He began his career in 1920 with Oscar Micheaux, where he starred in several silent films throughout the 1920s.
The acting isn't half-bad. Mr. DeComatheire has a decent supporting cast with Lorenzo Tucker (another Micheaux favorite) and Vivian Barber, which was her only film. I recommend this movie for its historical purpose of seeing Black actors and actresses in the early days of filmmaking.
Director: Bud Pollard
Writers: Morris M. Levinson (story and adaptation), Donald Heywood (dialogue)
November 26, 1878
On This Day In OUR HISTORY, Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, hall of fame bicyclist, was born in rural Indiana. At thirteen, Taylor was hired to perform cycling stunts outside a bicycle shop while wearing a soldier’s uniform, hence the nickname” Major.” Taylor was banned from bicycle racing in Indiana because of his race and therefore moved to the East Coast. In 1896, he entered his first professional race in Madison Square Garden and won. Over his career, he raced in the United States, Australia, and Europe, including winning the world one mile track cycling championship in 1899 and becoming known as “The Black Cyclone.” Although he was celebrated in Europe, Taylor’s career was held back in the United States and he retired in 1910, saying he was tired of the racism. Although he was reported to earn between $25,000 and $30,000 a week while racing, Taylor died a pauper June 21, 1932. Taylor was posthumously inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1989. A statue to memorialize Taylor was unveiled May 21, 2008 in Worcester, Massachusetts and Indianapolis, Indiana named the city’s bicycle track the Major Taylor Velodrome in 1982, the first building in Indianapolis built with public funds to be named after a Black person. Nike markets a sports shoe called the Major Taylor. Taylor published his autobiography, “Autobiography: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World,” in 1929. Other biographies of Taylor include “Major Taylor: The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer” (1988) and the television miniseries “Tracks of Glory: The Major Taylor Story.
Source: African American Registry