Black History Month Spotlight: Serena Williams And Shirley Ann Jackson!

Black History Month: February 2019

To recall and celebrate the positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week beginning on Feb. 12, 1926. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.

TODAY'S SPOTLIGHT ON
SERENA WILLIAMS

Tennis champ Serena Williams is one of the sports most exciting and closely watched young players. As an African-American in a historically white-dominated sport, she found herself in the spotlight and under scrutiny when her tennis skills developed an early age. Serena and her equally-talented sister Venus Williams were coached by their father Richard, whose unorthodox ways stirred controversy. Despite criticism, Serena caught the attention of tennis fans simply because she was a player of extraordinary ability and dynamism. She is ranked no.1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No.1 in singles on six separate occasions. She is the only female tennis player to have won over $40 million in prize money.

SERENA WILLIAMS TRIVIA:

  • Born: September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Author: Maya Angelou
  • Most Memorable Experience: Receiving an "A" in geometry
  • Hobbies: Surfing, Skateboarding, Watching Cartoons and Playing Guitar
  • Favorite Tennis Player: Pete Sampras
  • Education: Raised as devout Jehovah's Witnesses, Venus and Serena both were home-schooled by their mother, and received their high school diplomas. Both sisters also studied fashion design at the Art Institute of Florida.
  • (source: williamssisters.org)

    TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY:

    • In 1872, Alcorn A&M College opened.
    • In 1926, Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week. Three decades later, in 1976, it became Black History Month.
    • In 1945, Irwin Molison was appointed judge of the US Customs Court.
    • In 1946, Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill.
    • In 2013, Dr. Ben Carson became a nationally recognized political figure when he gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was critical of President Obama’s policies and particularly Obamacare when the President and First Lady Michelle Obama were seated just a few feet away. The speech launched Carson’s political career and resulted in him becoming a major conservative candidate for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2016.
    BLACK HISTORY MONTH QUESTION OF THE DAY:

    Who founded Tuskegee Institute, one of the leading African-American educational institutions in America, in 1881?

    A. Booker T. Washington
    B. George Washington Carver
    C. Frederick Douglass

    The answer is A: Booker T. Washington.

    (source: infoplease.com)

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH FACT OF THE DAY:

    In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. During her eight days in space, she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a co-investigator on a bone cell experiment.

    (source: History.com)

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT:

    Shirley Ann Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. on August 5, 1946. She is an American physicist and the eighteenth president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jackson has also made history as the first African American women to earn a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also the second African-American woman in the United States to earn a doctorate in physics,2 and the first to be awarded the National Medal of Science.

    In 1995 President Bill Clinton appointed Jackson to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), making her the first woman and first African American to hold that position.

    She was also inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998 for "her significant contributions as a distinguished scientist and advocate for education, science, and public policy."

    In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Jackson to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

    (Source: Wikipedia)

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXTRAS

    Serena Williams’ 1999 Singles Win Over Martina Hingis Makes Her The Second African American Woman To Ever Win A Grand Slam Title