The 16th Street Baptist was a large and prominent church located downtown, just blocks from Birmingham’s commercial district and City Hall. Just before 11 o’clock on September 15, 1963, instead of rising to begin prayers, the congregation was knocked to the ground. As a bomb exploded under the steps of the church, they sought safety under the pews and shielded each other from falling debris.Continue reading “16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963)”
Month: April 2023
Sunday Mornings often make us feel energized and prepared to worship God and start being kind to everyone we meet the entire day. We can always begin our Sunday morning by filling our minds with God’s blessings and sharing them with others. — UnknownContinue reading “Sunday Blessings”
Art Baylor, Montgomery Alabama First Black Police Chief
On November 29, 2004, the Montgomery Police Department began a new era when Montgomery’s Mayor Bobby Bright appointed a new police chief—Art Baylor.Continue reading “Art Baylor, Montgomery Alabama First Black Police Chief”
Sweet Sounding Saturday
Admiral Michelle J. Howard (1960- )
Michelle J. Howard is the first African American woman to command a Navy ship and the first woman of any race to be attain the rank of admiral.Continue reading “Admiral Michelle J. Howard (1960- )”
A cappella Friday (Surround Us O Lord)
Four-Star Admiral Cecil D. Haney (1955- )
Navy Admiral Cecil Haney was born into a struggling family in “humble surroundings” in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 1955.Continue reading “Four-Star Admiral Cecil D. Haney (1955- )”
“Thursday is one of the days of the week that I strive to maintain a positive outlook.” — Byron PulsiferContinue reading “Thankful Thursday”
Four-Star Admiral Joseph Paul Reason, Sr.
Joseph Paul Reason was the first African American to attain the rank of four-star admiral in the United States Navy.Continue reading “Four-Star Admiral Joseph Paul Reason, Sr.”
Wednesday Wonders of Africa (Kenya)
Kenya, a country in East Africa is famed for its scenic landscapes and vast wildlife preserves.Continue reading “Wednesday Wonders of Africa (Kenya)”
Lieutenant General Daniel James II
Lt. Gen. Daniel James III is Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Va. The general is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 106,800 Guard members in more than 88 flying units and 200 geographically separated units throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.Continue reading “Lieutenant General Daniel James II”
Four-Star General Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Jr.
There are numerous Black American service members who broke barriers. However, General James was the first Black man to become a four-star general in any U.S. military branch.Continue reading “Four-Star General Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Jr.”
General Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. (December 18, 1912 – July 4, 2002) was a United States Air Force (USAF) general and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen.Continue reading “General Benjamin O. Davis Jr.”
General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.
Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. was a career officer in the United States Army. One of the few black officers in an era when American society was largely segregated, in 1940 he was promoted to brigadier general, the army’s first African American general officer. He served for 50 years, beginning as a temporary first lieutenant during the Spanish American War.Continue reading “General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. “
These individuals sought the immediate and full emancipation of all enslaved people. Most early abolitionists were white, religious Americans, but some of the most prominent leaders of the movement were also Black men and women who had escaped from bondage.Continue reading “White Abolitionists”