1. Annie Holland, an educator, founder of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in North Carolina.
2. Selma Burke, Scuplto and educator Selma Burke was born on this day in Mooresville, North Carolina. She is commissioned to create a profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt after a national competition sponsored by the Fine Arts Commission in Washington, D.C.; the completed project, a plaque, is unveiled and installed at the Record of Deeds Building, Washington D.C.
She initially trained as a nurse at the Women’s Medical College, NC, before studying philosophy at Columbia University, New York (1936-41). During the 1930s she became one of a few prominent black American sculptors
3. Jonah ( Robert Elliott) Jones, was a jazz trumpeter who is perhaps best known for creating concise versions of jazz and swing standards that appealed to a mass audience. In jazz he might be best appreciated for his work with Stuff Smith. He was sometimes referred to as “King Louis II.” Started playing alto sax at the age of 12 in the Booker T Washington Community Center band in Louisville before quickly transitioning to trumpet where he excelled immediately.
Jones began his career playing on a river boat named “Island Queen” which plied between Kentucky and Ohio.
4. Odetta Holmes, Folksinger\Actress (The Autobiography of Miss jane Pittman), singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. 80 Years ago
5. Donna Summer (Adrian Donna Gaines), Queen of Disco (She works hard for her money\Hot Stuff\Bad Girls) 62 Years ago
6. Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions. Douglas is the first African-American and first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships.