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Archive for June, 2010

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For June 25th

1. Clifton Chenier, Zydeco King (Black Snake Blues) was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and Creole music, with R&B, jazz, and blues influences. He played the accordion and won a Grammy Award in 1983.  He also was recognized with a National Heritage Fellowship, and in 1989 was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame.

2.  James Howard Meredith, the first Black person to be admitted to the University of Mississippi.

3.  Eddie Floyd, Soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on the Stax record label in the 1960s and 1970s and the song “Knock on Wood” and “California Girl”

4.  Willis Reed,  retired American basketball player, coach and manager of basketball teams. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In 1982, his outstanding record and achievements were recognized by his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1997, he was voted one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History.”

After retiring as a player, Reed served as assistant and primary coach with several teams for nearly a decade, then was promoted to General Manager & Vice President of Basketball Operations (1989 to 1996) for the New Jersey Nets. As Senior Vice President of Basketball, he led them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.

5. Jimmy Walker,  actor and stand-up comedian, known for portraying J.J. Evans on the television series Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979. While on the show, Walker’s character was known for the catch phrase, “Dy-no-mite!” which he also used in his mid-1970s TV commercial for a Panasonic line of cassette and 8-track tape players.

6. Erica Fawn Gimpel,  television actress. She is best known for her roles on television shows Fame as Coco Hernandez and on Profiler as Angel Brown. She is also known for her major recurring roles on the television shows ERas Adele Newman and on Veronica Mars as Alicia Fennel. She also had an outstanding, if not much acknowledged role, as Semiramis in the hit 1980’s miniseries “North and South”

7. Dikembe Mutombe, professional basketball player, last playing for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He was the oldest player in the NBA at the time of his most recent season

Events In African American History For June 21

1. In 1821, African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church formally organized at meeting in New York City.

2. In 1832, Joseph Haynes Rainey, first African American representative in the U.S. House of Representatives where he will serve five terms.

3. In 1915, U.S. Supreme Court (Guinn v United States) said “grandfather clauses” in the Oklahoma and Maryland constitutions violated the Fifteenth Amendment.

4. In 1923, Marcus Garvey is sentenced by the U.S. government to 5 years in prison for using the U.S. mail to defraud.Garvey said the charges were political. He is railroaded by a government that is terrified by the control that one magnificent orator had over African Americans. They did not want their major source of cheap labor in America to leave for Africa.

5. In 1945, 1945 – Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African American to command a U.S. Army Air Force base when he takes command of the 477th Composite Group of Godman Field in Kentucky.

6. In 1964, Three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, 21, Andrew Goodman, 20, and Michael Schwerner, 24 were murdered near Philadelphia, in Nashoba County, Mississippi. They had been working to register black voters in Mississippi during Freedom Summer and was investigating the burning of a black church. It was later proven that there was a conspiracy between members of Neshoba County’s law enforcement and the Ku Klux Klan to kill them.

7. In 1965, Arthur Ashe leads UCLA to the NCAA tennis championship.

8. In 1990, Little Richard gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

9. In 1997, Patrice Rushen receives an NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions in the field of music.

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