Today’s Black Fact: Elijah McCoy Elijah J. McCoy was a black Canadian-American inventor and engineer, who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines. Born free in Canada, he returned as a five-year-old child with his family to the United States in 1847, where he lived for the rest of his life and became a US citizen. In Michigan, McCoy could find work only as a fireman and oiler at the Michigan Central Railroad. In a home-based machine shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan, McCoy did his own higher skilled work, developing improvements and inventions. He invented an automatic lubricator for oiling the steam engines of locomotives and ships. On July 12, 1872, he obtained his first patent, “Improvement in Lubricators for Steam-Engines.” The saying the real McCoy’, meaning the real thing, has been associated with Elijah McCoy’s invention of an oil-drip cup, for which…

Today’s Black Fact: Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan is a former American professional basketball player, active entrepreneur, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. With five regular-season MVPs (tied for second place with Bill Russell; only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won more, six), six Finals MVPs (NBA record), and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan is the most decorated player ever to play in the NBA. Jordan finished among the top three in regular-season MVP voting a record 10 times, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. In June 2010, Jordan was ranked by Forbes Magazine…

Today’s Black Fact: Venus and Serena Williams These ladies are a dynamic duo! Ranked in the top five in the world for the past two years, the prodigal Williams sisters have stunned the world. The key to their game is fast serves and strong returns that exhaust their opponents on the court. Still in their early 20’s, speculation abounds as to which of the sisters will ultimately prove to be the most successful player in the long-term. Nobody can question their talent on the court. They use speed and agility to overpower their opponents and have an in-your-face style of playing. Venus also has a 100-mile-plus serve that few can counter. She holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded in history by a female–127.4 mph. Not since Althea Gibson won Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958 had an African-American woman won a Grand Slam tournament. In 1999, Serena won…