1986 – NCAA adopts controversial Proposition 48


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On January 13, 1986, NCAA schools vote to adopt Proposition 48, a controversial regulation that mandates minimum high school grades and scores on standardized college entrance exames for student-athletes to participate in sports as freshmen. The proposition, which passes by a large margin, has a disproportional impact on Black male athletes.

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1989-1990 Two African Americans first in Politics


The feature picture is called “The Faces of My People” by Margaret Burroughs b.1917 and made of woodcut on paper.

In New York, former Manhattan borough president David Dinkins, a Democrat, is elected New York City’s first African American mayor, while in Virginia, Lieutenant Governor Douglas Wilder, also a Democrat, becomes the first elected African American state governor in American …read more