*Vivian C. “Millie” Bailey of Howard County, MD, at 102 years young, crossed an item off her bucket list and went skydiving.
Shout out to Skydive Baltimore and Millie’s tandem partner, Cornelius, for the below video taken during the dive. They were at 10,000 feet when they jumped from the plane and began their free fall.
Bailey was a Lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps serving her country with honor in the Second World War. She received her commission at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. After the war, she moved to Chicago and worked for both the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration. She moved to Columbia, Maryland about 1970 and still lives in the same house she purchased with husband.
She’s been a long-time community activist. She served 23 years on the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees, supports public education, and “always” supports our soldiers.
Enjoy this video of her dive below, or watch here.
History: NFL’s First All-Black Team of Officials Takes the Field (Video)
*NFL’s first all-Black team of officials took the field Monday night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the LA Rams
Jerome Boger lead the team of officials, which umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. Five members of the crew work together regularly. Johnson and Steed joined the group for Monday night’s matchup between NFC playoff contenders.
Burl Toler paved the way. In 1965, after beginning his officiating career working college games in the San Francisco Bay Area, the NFL hired Toler as a head linesman — making him the first Black official in any major professional sports league.
Members of the Monday night’s crew have a combined 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls. When the NFL announced the crew was being assembled last week, league executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent hailed the move “a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game.”
In a commemorative video made by the NFL, Boger said: “I am humbled to stand on the shoulders of the black officials who paved the way for me.”
Watch the video below or watch here on Twitter.
Barry Anderson, U
Jerome Boger, R
Anthony Jeffries, SJ
Carl Johnson, LJ
Julian Mapp, DJ
Dale Shaw, FJ
Greg Steed, BJ pic.twitter.com/XzuqS3Ivos
— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) November 23, 2020
Below, Lisa Salters of ESPN examines the history-making night:
NYC Man Goes Off On Woman Who Cursed Out Black Child for Riding Bike On Sidewalk (Watch)
*Video has surfaced of a Black man chastising a white woman for apparently cursing out at an 8-year-old Black child because he was riding his toy bike on the sidewalk.
“You wanna curse an 8-year-old kid out? Would you have said that to a little white kid?” the man said to the woman as they argued in front of a store.
“Absolutely,” the lady replied.
The man asked what made her think she could “come into my community and talk to our kids like that.”
When the woman said that in her community, kids ride bikes in the street, the man said, “This is our community, this is our playground,” pointing to the sidewalks.
Watch the entire argument below:
Meet Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden’s Freshly-Appointed Ambassador to the U.N. (Watch)
*President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Black woman who held a top diplomatic post in the Obama administration, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Born in 1952, Baker served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the United States Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs from 2013 to 2017. She’s also a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC.
The decorated diplomat grew up in Baker, La., where segregation and racism were harsh realities of her early life and college years at Louisiana State University. But life’s biggest test would come during her service in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 where she found herself held at gunpoint. What do you do when faced with that kind of adversity? How do you survive?
In the gripping TED Talk below Thomas-Greenfield describes that surreal moment, the choice she made and the lesson her mother taught her that helped her survive.
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