On February 9, 1956, the only living individual who was present at the Ford Theater on the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated appeared on the game show I’ve Got A Secret. Despite having an accident at the hotel before the taping, 96-year-old Samuel J. Seymour appeared as a mystery guest on the show. At the time of Lincoln’s assassination he was five years of age. Although Seymour did not witness the assassination, he did see John Wilkes Booth jump from Lincoln’s box stage breaking his leg.
I’ve Got a Secret was a panel game show produced for CBS television.
The show consisted of celebrity panelists trying to determine a contestant’s “secret”: something that is unusual, amazing, embarrassing, or humorous about that person. The original version of premiered on June 19, 1952 and ran until April 3, 1967. This version began broadcasting in black and white and switched to a color format in 1966. By this time virtually all commercial network programs were being shown in color.
This was Seymour’s final public appearance as he sadly passed away later that year.
As you view the above clip take note of the panelist use of critical thinking.
Navajo Indians, Latinos, Blacks, Asians might be considered minorities in this country, but there is no dispute as to the contribution made by all in defending this country.
During World War II, Asian Americans put their life on the line in defending this country while their relatives were placed in internment camps. Take a look at the video above.
The Navajo Indians helped to defeat the enemy by using the Navajo language as a code. A film entitled Windtalkers give the details of their accomplishment. See the trailer below
The unsung soldiers of WWII went over to win a double victory. They fought gallantly against the enemy abroad. However, upon returning home they were battered by the enemy at home that came in the form bigotry. It was decades before their contributions were acknowledged.
On this Memorial Day, Febone1960.net salutes all veterans regardless of race, creed, religion. sex. and sexual orientation for their sacrifice in defending this country.
We must remember injustice for one is an injustice for all.
The Febone1960.net Black History Month Calendar is back again for 2011 and this year we invite you to come and take your seat at the lunch counter as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides!
The Febone1960.net 2011 Black History Month Calendar traces the roots of an average
African American Family from slavery to present day.
Resembling Alex Haley’s Roots, the Calendar utilizes the Internet and video streaming to show daily video clips during the month of February.
Roots traced the genealogy of Alex Haley’s family back to Africa. This electronic calendar starts the genealogy at slavery. Viewers will learn about the participation of unsung heroes and their impact on the civil rights movement.
The Calendar is again being offered to all schools throughout the World free of charge starting on February 1, 2011. The viewers will be able to view a new clip each day. The viewers can view current day and previously posted clips.
The clips will be available in Spanish and closed captioned for the hearing impaired. We are also paying tribute to the unsung deaf African American heroes/sheroes as we reveal their contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.
This year we have the continued support of the National Education Association (“NEA”), Black Caucus.
We also have the support of several celebrities who have lent their voices to the project by narrating some of the clips. Natalie Cole, Josh Grobin, Angela Bassett, Giancarlo Esposito, Star Jones, En’Vogue, former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, Susan Kidd, Chris Matthews, Maureen Dowd,Tamaron Hall, Eugene Robinson Suzanne Malveaux, and Michele Martin are just few of the many celebrities who wanted to support this worthy project.
It is our desire to have the calendar viewed daily by every person within and out of the
United States. Therefore, we ask that you forward this email to all your friends and
family and have them join us each and every day starting February 1, 2011 for the five
minutes video clips.
The general public may also access the calendar free of charge.
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filtered out at their schools. Please contact your media specialist and ask that they
contact the person who is responsible for the computers including the Internet at their
The calendar will accomplish the following:
• Reveal the unsung heroes of African American History
• Encourage African Americans to study their own family history
• Encourage dialog about the rich African American heritage and its’
contribution to American Society
Encourage reading and the utilization on the Internet within the
African American community
Encourage the appreciation and value education
Reveal that African American History is American History.
Please take a look at the summary and view the 2011 calendar
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In measuring a life, it’s not how long you live which counts, but it is what you did and how you did it.
Manute Bols (left) with teammate Muggsy (Tyrone Curtis) Bogues
Former NBA center Manute Bol died Saturday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville at the age of 47. Standing at 7′ 7″, Bol was one of the tallest players in NBA history. The Sudan Dinka tribesman specialized in shot-blocking, breaking a record in his rookie season. For people who truly did not know him, they will remember him along with Muggsy” Bogues as team mates of the Washington Bullets (Now the Washington Wizards) professional basketball team.
However, those who really knew him will remember him as a humanitarian who sent millions of his own dollars to his homeland of Sudan.
Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, told the Associated Press that Bol was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition known as Steven Johnson syndrome.
“Sudan and the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us,” said Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise. Prichard also told the Associated Press that Bol was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition known as Steven Johnson syndrome.
Bol was a 7-foot-7 curiosity when he was drafted in 1985 by the then-Washington Bullets. He was so thin that during his rookie season then-Dallas coach Dick Motta told the Washington Post that Bol would “break like a grasshopper … an arm here, a leg over there” once he ran into a typical NBA opponent.
But Bol lasted 10 seasons of kidney blows, playing for four teams. His enormous wingspan made blocking shots his specialty, and he set a record with 397 blocks his first season.
“He made a career out of something that people saw in the beginning as a circus act,” Chris Mullin, a close friend and former teammate, told the New York Daily News in 2004.
Bol’s most lasting legacy will be his efforts to use his celebrity to improve conditions in war-torn Sudan.
“God guided me to America and gave me a good job,” he told Sports Illustrated in 2004. “But he also gave me a heart so I would look back.”
He was born Oct. 16, 1962, in Gogrial, Sudan, and had a biography unmatched by the backgrounds of any of his fellow NBA players. A member of the Dinka tribe and the descendant of chiefs, Bol once killed a lion with a spear while herding cows.
Don Feeley, who coached at Fairleigh Dickinson University, encountered Bol in 1982 at a coaching clinic in Sudan. The then-San Diego Clippers drafted Bol in 1983 before he had even played in college. Bol eventually enrolled at the University of Bridgeport, a Division II school in Connecticut. He played one season and then signed with a summer pro league in Rhode Island before being drafted by Washington.
As a rookie in Washington, Bol got a chance to play regularly when starting center Jeff Ruland was hurt. He started 60 games that season, which would be a career high.
Bol spent three seasons in Washington before being traded to the Golden State Warriors. After two seasons there, he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played for three seasons. Bol spent the 1993-94 season with Miami, Washington and Philadelphia. He played five games for Golden State in the 1994-95 season.
He used his NBA career to support his extended family and relief efforts in Sudan.
“I don’t like war,” he told the New York Times in 2001. “I used to, but not anymore.”
But Bol’s finances collapsed after he left the NBA, in part from the millions he spent on Sudan and in part from investments that went bad.
“He always did a lot for his people,” Warriors coach Don Nelson told the Montreal Gazette in 2002. “He gave his own money to support his people who were starving.”
Trying to raise money for Sudan, Bol took part in stunts such as fighting former Chicago Bears lineman William “Refrigerator” Perry in a televised boxing match.
Ed Stefanski, 76ers president and general manager, said in a statement Saturday that Bol “was continually giving of himself through his generosity and humanitarian efforts in order to make the world around him a much better place.”
Bol, who was seriously injured in a car accident in 2004, was hospitalized in May after returning to the United States from Sudan. He was helping build a school with Sudan Sunrise, a humanitarian group based in Kansas, but stayed longer than expected after the president of southern Sudan asked him to make election appearances, Prichard told the Associated Press.
“I never thought about the money I lost,” Bol told the New York Daily News in 2004. “It wasn’t lost. It helped Sudan.”
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Sgt. Scott Stream, of Mattoon, Ill., second from left, is one of 2 members of the Illinois Guard's 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team who were killed by an improvised explosive device Feb. 24, 2009, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Family photo / February 26, 2009)
If it costs me my life to protect our land and people then that is a small thing…’
February 26, 2009
As President Obama and military officials plan for a marked escalation in the number of American troops in Afghanistan, the powerful words of a fallen soldier show how much the mission continues to mean to the women and men on the ground.
Illinois National Guard Sgt. Scott Stream, 39, of Mattoon, Ill., was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan. Below is a letter he wrote to a friend on New Year’s Eve. The Chicago Tribune received a copy of the letter from Stream’s mother.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 9:30am
A strange thing…
When I think about what surrounds me, the institutional corruption, the random violence, the fear and desperation. I feel the reasons why I am here more and more sharply. As we grow in our soldiers skills, surviving by finding the hidden dangers, seeing the secret motives and the shifting politics… we grow a set of skills that is unique and powerful in this situation.
We also see what you cannot see in the States, you are surrounded by the love of Christ and faith in freedom and humanity, like a fish you think water is ‘a puff of air’ because it is always there, you do not notice it… we who are out of the water look back and see the world we love surrounded by enemies, poison and envy that wants to fall on you like a storm of ruin.
We who joined with vague notions of protecting our country see how desperate the peril, how hungry the enemy and how frail the security we have is. So the more I love you all the more I feel I must keep fighting for you. The more I love and long for home the more right I feel here on the front line standing between you and the seething madness that wants to suck the life and love out of our land.
Does that mean I cannot go home? I hope not, because I want this just to be the postponement of the joy of life, not the sacrifice of mine. If it costs me my life to protect our land and people then that is a small thing, I just hope that fate lets me return to the promise land and remind people just how great our land is.
War is a young mans game, and I am getting an old mans head… it is a strange thing. I just hope that I am not changed so that I cannot take joy in the land inside the wire when I make it home. I want to be with you all again and let my gun sit in the rack and float on my back in a tube down a lazy river…