Monday, February 1, 2010

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

Today is the first day of Black History month and what better way to kick if off then with some facts. Yes I know some of you think Beyonce is Black Culture *rolls eyes, and sucks teeth* Well she's not! So here goes your first fact:

Sports related:

One of the first African-Americans to play in the PGA was Dewey Brown. He became a member of the PGA in 1928. Brown learned the game as a caddie and became a renowned club designer and teacher during the 1920s and 30s. He even crafted a set of clubs for President Warren G. Harding. In 1934, the PGA terminated Brown's membership because they found out he was African-American. During the six years he was a member, everyone assumed he was white because of his light skin color.

Brown was not the only black American in the golf world in the early part of last century. George Grant, a dentist from Boston, designed the first golf tee registered by the United States Patent Office in 1899. John Shippen was the first black American to play in the United States Open, in 1896, even though some competitors threatened to withdraw. And Joseph Bartholomew, a noted architect, designed and built more than a half-dozen golf courses in the New Orleans area. But because he was black, Bartholomew was not allowed to play on the courses he built.

So Tiger, next time you shout out being 'Blasian remember there were Black men there before you.

1 comment:

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

See, I've been black how long and didn't even know this. Shame on me! Thanks for keeping us in the know :-).