Sissieretta Jones became the first African American to perform at the Music Hall (renamed Carnegie Hall the following year) in New York City in 1892. She sang both classical opera, light opera and in musical comedies with her own troupe.

Jane M. Bolin was the 1st African American woman graduate of Yale Law School & the first Black female judge in the United States. She was appointed in July 1939 by NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Judge Bolin retired in 1979 after 40 years on the bench.

NYC’s graduation rate was above 70% for the first time in 2016. The white student graduation rate was 88% while the black and hispanic rate was 65%. Only about 50% of students with disabilities graduated.

Evelyn Boyd Granville, mathematician and computer programmer at IBM. In 1949 she became one of the first African American women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University.

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Carlos and Kaepernick

kaepernickAlmost 50 years ago John Carlos and Tommie Smith stood up for respect and change. On an Olympic podium, their gloved hands declared, while they were champions and represented American freedom, they were concerned family, friends and folks they would never meet lived in a world of second class citizenship and hate. Instead of becoming American darlings, they were stripped of their medals, their record stricken and never rewarded for the true strength and courage of their actions. Carlos and Smith suffered for us. Colin Kaepernick took a knee and suffers to remind us not enough has changed since 1968 in America.

Finding My Own Ass

There has, in the past, been some question about whether I could find my own ass with two hands. I am proud to announce, albeit with difficulty, athletic ability and practice, I can. Anyone that would like to help me find my own ass is certainly encouraged and welcomed under the new Trump-Weinstein-Cosby Doctrine. In other words, you can help me find my own ass with or without the use of drugs, intelligence, promise of promotion, fame or election. In any case, gain, stardom or political office is not implied or promised. If necessary or appropriate, just grab my ass!