Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.

 1. William Tucker, first Black child born in America (Jamestown ) 


 2.  James Preston McDonald, better known by his stage name Preston Jackson ,  jazz trombonist.

Jackson was born in New Orleans and moved to Chicago in 1917, but did not pick up trombone until 1920; within nine months he began playing professionally. Among his teachers in the early 1920s were Roy Palmer and Honore Dutrey. He sometimes deputized for Dutrey in King Oliver’s band. In the 1920s he played with Tig Chambers, Al Simone, Eli Rice, and Art Sims, and recorded with Bernie Young and his Creole Jazz Band at the Marsh Laboratories (1923) and Richard M. Jones. In the 1930s he played with Dave Peyton (1930), Erskine Tate, Louis Armstrong (1931-32), Half Pint Jaxon (1933), Carroll Dickerson, Jimmie Noone, Roy Eldridge, Walter Barnes, Johnny Long (1939), and Zilner Randolph’s W.P.A. Band. He also played on Johnny Dodds’s last recordings in 1940.

In the 1940s he began playing less often, but his career saw a resurgence late in the 1950s, playing with Lil Armstrong. Moving back to his childhood home of New Orleans in the 1960s, he began playing at Preservation Hall where he would continue to be featured for the rest of his life. He played with Little Brother Montgomery in 1969 and with Kid Thomas’s New Orleans Joymakers in Europe in 1973-74.

In addition to many recordings made as a side man, Jackson recorded as a leader in 1926 and 1946, then issued his own album in 1972 and a split album with Benny Waters the following year.


 3. Zulema (Zulema Cusseaux),  disco and rhythm & blues singer and songwriter. Aside from her solo career, she was a member of an early line up of Faith, Hope and Charity and worked as a backing vocalist and songwriter with Aretha Franklin.


4.  Abram Hannibal, an African slave who became a major general and military engineer in Russia.

Hannibal was born in the Eritrean highland, north of the Mareb River in a town called Logon.” the son of the reigning African prince. At the age of eight he was captured and taken to Turkey, where he was once again kidnapped and taken to Moscow. He was given to the Czar, Peter the Great, who grew fond of him because of his intelligence. For ten years Hannibal went everywhere with Peter, who gave him the name Abram (after the famous African general) Petrovich (after himself) Hannibal.

He completed his early schooling and was found to have a natural gift for mathematics and engineering. With his skill, he helped to assemble the naval port and fortress town of Kronstadt, which played an important role in the history of Russia. The Czar sent Abram to Paris to study engineering, and he stayed in France for six years. During that time, he joined the French Army as a “commander,” taking part in the Spanish war of the Czar’s Guard as an engineer lieutenant. Peter died in 1725 and immediately Hannibal was banished to Siberia. There he built the fortress of Selenchinsk, escaping only to be recaptured and returned to exile.

In 1741, a new ruler came to power and Hannibal was restored to honor in the army, quickly rising to the rank of general. With his skill and intelligence, Hannibal made many contributions to Russia: He secured the boundary line between Russia and Sweden, and was appointed to a post to inspect the forts of Russia. But his greatest achievements were his selection as commandant of the city of Reval, and his promotion to a major in the Tomesk stronghold. After retiring from service in 1733, with the accession of Peter the Great’s daughter Empress Elizabeth, he returned to the Court in 1741. She awarded him military promotions, engineering projects and an estate near St. Petersburg where he retired in 1762.

Hannibal illegally married Christina Regina Von Shoberg, the daughter of a German officer. The couple had 11 children and in 1799, their granddaughter Nadezhda gave birth to Alexander Pushkin, the father of modern Russian literature and that country’s greatest poet. Hannibal died in 1762, and though he never knew his grandfather, Pushkin was enamored with his African heritage. Pushkin wrote a fictionalized biography of Hannibal The Negro of Peter the Great, in 1837.


 5. Mary Magdalena L. Tate was born on this date in 1871. She was an African-American minister and administrator.

Born in Dickson, Tennessee, her character and demeanor brought on the nickname “Miss Do Right” during her youth. Tate’s followers were also known as “The Do Rights” and later she became known as Mother Tate.

In 1903, she along with her two sons, Walter Curtis Lewis and Feliz Early Lewis, established “The Church of the Living God, the Pillar and the Ground of the Truth Without Controversy” (House of God).

After she was ordained as a minister, Tate began advocating the cleanliness of the word of God. In 1907, she preached her first sermon in Brooklyn, Illinois. In Alabama, over 900 persons were converted through her preaching. Tate herself was baptized in 1908 and accepted as Chief Apostle Elder, president, and first chief overseer of the formally organized church in Greenville, Alabama. Additionally, she was ordained as a Bishopric and presided over the First General Assembly of the Church of God from June 25 to July 5, 1908.

In 1914, Mother Tate organized the first Church of God in Florida in Ocala. By 1916, under her leadership, charters were issued to Church of God members in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Between 1930 and 1962, 14 state charters were granted to establish the Church of God. Four more states were added to the Church of God roster by 1981. By 1992, some 43 states and Jamaica were chartered by the Church of God.

The Church of God has experienced the greatest growth in membership of any Christian organization in the United States of America. Magdalena climaxed her career as a world evangelist of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


6. Frederick K.C. Price, is the founder and pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC), California. He gained internationally renown through his Ever Increasing Faith ministries broadcast that is aired weekly on both television and radio.

Price received an honorary diploma from the Rhema Bible Training Center (1976) and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University (1982).

Price has been married to the former Betty Ruth Scott for over 56 years. They are parents of four children, grandparents of nine grandchildren and great-grandparents of two great-grandchildren.

In 1990, Price founded the Fellowship of Inner City Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM) which includes churches and ministers from all over the United States and several countries. They meet regionally throughout the year and hold a major annual convention. He is a Word of Faith preacher.

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