Jesse LeRoy Brown, America’s First African American Naval Pilot and the Farmer’s Son Who Helped Him

On this day in 1950, Jesse LeRoy Brown became the first African American casualty of the Korean war.   He was also the first African American pilot in the United States Navy.  His story is largely unknown, but amazing, inspiring, and saddening all at once. He grew up in Mississippi. Due to school segregation he […]

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Happy Birthday to A Great I.D.E.A.

Today is National “Special Education Day.”  December 2 has been chosen as the date to honor our special education students, teachers, instructional assistants, and programs because it was on December 2, 1975 that President Gerald Ford signed into law what was then called the “Education of Handicapped Children Act”.  This  was later turned into the […]

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George H.W. Bush Leaves a Sorrow That Has Nothing to Do With Politics

As a history teacher, people often ask me for my list of who I think the best Presidents were.  My answers are pretty consistent with most people who study Presidents: Washington, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.  However, if the question is phrased a little differently, “Who are your favorite Presidents?”, there are a few […]

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