Americans will be grappling with a number of sensitive and critical issues throughout 2013 and beyond. Some new, some old and some never-ending – concerns about race, religion, violence, politics, guns, climate change, war and civic responsibility are just some of the issues that may polarize all or segments of the nation. We The People will bring awareness to different viewpoints in the hopes of educating its readership. Please be encouraged to join in and share your perspective.
On this Day
In 1875 Mary McLeod Bethune an American educator and Civil Rights Leader and advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Mayesville, South Carolina. Ms. Bethune started a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school later became known as Bethune-Cookman University.
Also on this Day
In 1943 Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr., the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup Team was born in Richmond, Virginia. Ashe was also the only black man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery. He worked continuously until his death educating the public about HIV and AIDS.