In 1968 used his skills as a defensive tackle to disarm Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert Kennedy. The shooting took place while Kennedy was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president and Grier, a close friend in attendance, wrestled Sirhan down until police came. Grier was not only a skilled athlete but also an actor and singer.
In honor of Black History month, each day I will be sharing with you profiles of 50 amazing African American role models who I interviewed in 1985 for my book And Still We Rise. Some, like Maya Angelou, who allowed me to re-frame the title of her poem And Still I Rise for my book, Dick Gregory, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Arthur Ashe have made their heavenly transitions.
They aren’t going to get their nails done when most of the nail shops are run by Koreans and Vietnamese.) Not eating any more Chinese food. One person didn’t go to church when they haven’t seen anyone other than black faces in attendance for decades. Another person put on a mask to go to Giant supermarket. Another said “That does it no more Chinese fortune cookies for me.” Another said if I see someone from China I am taking off running. I think if we don’t watch out we will have a convulsion of bigotry against Oriental people.
This new bombshell is the release of allegations in former national security adviser John Bolton’s book manuscript that President Trump had illegally tied military aid to Ukraine contingent on probes into former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s most feared political rival. In Bolton’s not-yet-published book, this account is not hearsay but allegedly firsthand conversations that Bolton had with Trump and key advisers, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Dr. King senior used to talk about the loss of wife Alberta I talk a lot about this in my book My Life, My Love, My Legacy and my book And Still We Rise. He told me that even after losing his son Martin at the hands of a white man and his wife at the hands of a black man he would never stoop low enough to hate anyone.
Hopefully Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and her prince Harry will take comfort in the fact that they are not the first royals to be dogged by global controversy. And in time their ordeal will be overcome. Similar racist incidents often plagued Queen Charlotte of mixed race heritage who reigned as Queen of England from 1761 and 1818.