All right, let’s hear it for Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Which is who, you ask?
Oh, he just finished second in Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 stock car race. In only his fifth ever career start, no less.
Second? Big deal, you say.
Well, it is, and here’s why: It’s the highest finish ever at Daytona by an African American driver.
Not that that list is a terribly long one. Anybody know the last black driver in the Daytona 500?
Answer: Wendell Scott, in 1969.
Yep, you read that right. 1969. Forty…nine…years ago.
And Sunday, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. made a little history in Black History Month.
Congratulations, Mr. Wallace. This is a well-worn cliche, but even though you finished second, you’re definitely a winner.
That’s all I got today. Just wanted to shine a little spotlight on this man.
Take some time this month, or any month, to read up on some important folks whose lives we commemorate during Black History Month. Their history is very much part of ours.