A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Chicago Fire
Department must hire 111 African Americans who passed a firefighters
entrance exam 16 years ago and pay millions of dollars to thousands
more who took and passed the same test.
First lady Michelle Obama was welcomed with thunderous cheers and told
the 550 graduating from Spelman College, an historically black women's
school, that no matter where they go, they need to bring the school's
ideals to the world.
Without the wizardry of black inventor Lewis Latimer and his
incandescent filament Thomas Edison might still be searching in the
dark. And steam driven trolleys might still be operating on New York
streets without the innovations of Granville T. Woods.