1. In 1926, Theodore “Georgia Deacon” Flowers wins middleweight boxing title.
2. In 1930, The Green Pastures” opened at the mansfield Theater.
3. In 1964, The Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. “I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and in peace…I’m not a Christian anymore.”
4. In 1966, Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson
5. In 1985, On this day at the Grammy Awards ceremony, African-American musicians won awards in several categories. Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down” won best album of 1984. Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” took the best record slot and earned her the title Best Female Pop Vocalist. The Pointer Sisters won best Pop Group for “Jump.”