Today is Martin Luther King Day. A day to honor the slain civil rights leader and his dream of bringing equality not just to Black Americans, but to all Americans.
But as time went by on this holiday, I felt that many people had leaned on MLK as the be-all and end-all, of Black achievements.
The most popular race joke going around, when I was in high school, was the following...
"How do you pass a Black History exam? You answer every question with Martin Luther King."
It was when my nephews and nieces started talking that way, that I'd felt that there was a need for an intervention.
With all due respect to the memory of Dr. King, there were many people of African decent, who'd sacrifice theirs lives in the pursuit of equality. None more than the black athlete.
During my years on the internet, I try to convince people that the greatest moments in black civil rights history were not spoken at some memorial, nor marched down a street, but played on the football fields, the track, the rink, and the ring.
It's one thing to tell America that you should be treated as an equal; it's another to go out there and show them what you're made of.
With that being said, this is my 2009 Sports version of OTMLK (Other Than Martin Luther King) Hall of Fame inductees.
This is my way of reminding people that there's more to black history, other than Martin Luther King, while still paying homage to the memory of the man himself.
The main rule goes like this. I try to do the best I can to find the least-known black achievement possible and bring it to everyone's attention.