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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date March 31

Jack Johnson

1. Jack Johnson, nicknamed the “Galveston Giant”, was an American boxer. Trained in the art of pugilism by the aging Joe Choynski, who also became his friend and sparring partner, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915).  For more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth.


Big Maceo Merriweather

2. Big Maceo (Major Merriweather),  blues pianist and singer, active in Chicago in the 1940s.

Freddie Green

3. Freddie Green, swing jazz guitarist. He was especially noted for his sophisticated rhythm guitar in big bandsettings, particularly for the Count Basie orchestra, where he was part of the “All-American Rhythm Section” with Basie on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Walter Page on bass.

Lowell Fulson

4. Lowell Fulson, was a big-voiced blues guitarist and songwriter, in the West Coast blues tradition. Fulson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also recorded for business reasons as Lowell Fullsom and Lowell Fulsom. After T-Bone Walker, Fulson was the most important figure in West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s

5. James Earl Johnson, former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers. In 1994, he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played both offense and defense as a college football player at UCLA where he was also a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.  His brother is Rafer Johnson, an Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist.  J immy Johnson played NFL football for 16 years at multiple positions. He first played safety, then he moved to wide receiver, then back to safety, and finally to cornerback. During his career, he intercepted 47 passes and returned them for 615 yards. He also caught 34 passes for 627 yards (18.44 yards per. reception avg.).

Events In African American History For March 31

1. In 1956,  The Coasters make their chart debut, with “Down in Mexico.”

2. In 1960,  Laurian Rugambwa became the first Black Cardinal of the Catholic church in Mordern times.

3. In 1987, S. Dixon Jr. & T.R. AuCoin & R.J. Malik received Patent for Monolithic Planar doped barrier limiter

4. In 1988,  Dean Baquet Chicago Tribune reporter won Pulitzer Prize.

5. In 1988,  Michael DuCille Miami Herald Photographer won Pulitzer Prize.

6. In 1988,  Toni Morrison awarded Pulitzer Prize for her fifth novel “Beloved”.

Tax on Electric Vehicles

Well, so much for conservation, when the time comes to pay the now approved yearly fee of $100.00 to operate and Electric car.    High gas prices, so we embraced the alternative electric/battery powered car.  Now we learn that there is going to be a fee/penalty to operate these vehicles.  The idea was to save money, but our officials has came up with the brilliant idea of tagging on a fee to compensate for gas taxes.    Well, why bother, you can’t drive a battery powered vehicle cross country.   The milage per charge is not worth the time and effort if you are going to be subjected to fees and later fee increases.   I can see fee increases in the future, now its starting at $100.000, what to stop them from increasing it to $200.00  or higher in the future.

Besides, what are we going to do with all those spint lithium power cells.   We know that disposal of batteries is a hazardous job.  Are we going to be charged a fee for disposal of the old lithium batteries?  Sure we are.  Just like  every time we have new tires put on our vehicle we are charged a casing disposal fee.   But the charge for disposing of lithium batteries will be much, much higher.   Now you tell me is it worth it to get an electric car?




Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For March 30

Sonny Boy Williamson

1. Sonny Boy Williamson (Alex ford), Blues Harmonica player  96  Years ago

Naomi Sims

2. Naomi Sims, First Black Super Model, Cover of Ladies Home Journal 1968  62  Years ago

Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell)

3. Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell), Rap Artist, Preacher  48  Years ago

Tracy Chapman

4. Tracy Chapman, singer-songwriter, best known for her singles “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Give Me One Reason”, “The Promise” and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.  46  Years ago


Events In African American History For March 30

1. In 1870,  15th amendment gave Blacks the right to vote.  Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.  Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

2. In 1886,  J. Ricks received Patent for Horseshoe

3. In 1941,  National Urban League presented one-hour program over a national radio network and urged equal participation for Blacks in national defense program.

4. In 1960,  Eighteen Students was suspended from Southern University, Baton Rouge Louisiana for participating in sit-ins.

5. In 2009,  President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date March 29

Pearl bailey

1. Pearl Bailey, Singer/Actress and Commedienne  92  Years ago  Performing “If My friends Could See Me Now.” I just knew Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) reminded me of someone!!!

Walt Frazier

2. Walter “Clyde” Frazier,  Basketball legend, With his Rolls Royce car, flamboyant wardrobe that featured knee-length fur coats, and stylish fedora hats, Walt Frazier was the toast of New York City as a member of the Knicks from 1967 to 1977. On the court, Frazier was “super cool.” His quick hands on defense combined with his calm, cool and collected demeanor on the court, earned him the nickname “Clyde.” The cornerstone of Knick teams for a decade.

Earl Campbell

3. Earl Christian Campbell , former professional  Football running back. As a collegiate running back for the Texas Longhorns, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977.

LaToya Jackson

4. La Toya Yvonne Jackson,  singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality and actress. ????

Brian Jordan

5. Brian Jordan, retired Major League Baseball outfielder and National Football League safety. In the NFL, he played for the Atlanta Falcons, while he played in the MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.

Events In African American History For March 29

1. In 1898,  W. J. Ballow received Patent for Combined Hatrack And Table

2. In 1940,  Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title.

3. In 1961,  The 23rd Amendment ratified, allows Washington D.C. residents to vote for president.

4. In 1961,  After a 4 year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge.

5. In 1966,   Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

6. In 1976,  8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for killing 4 and wounding nine other unarmed Kent State University students.   It was popularly known as the Kent State massacre.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For March 28

1. Thaddeus Joseph (Thad) Jones, jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.Thad Jones was a self taught musician, performing professionally by the age of sixteen. He served in U.S. Armybands during World War II (1943–46).

After Army service including an association with the U.S. Military School of Music and working with area bands in Des Moines and Oklahoma City, Thad became a member of the Count Basie Orchestra in May 1954. He was featured as a soloist on such well-known tunes as April in Paris, Shiny Stockings and Corner Pocket. However, his main contribution was his nearly two dozen arrangements and compositions for the Basie Orchestra, including The Deacon, H.R.H. (Her Royal Highness, in honor of the band’s command performance in London), Counter Block, and lesser known gems such as Speaking of Sounds. His hymn-like ballad To You was performed by the Basie band combined with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in their only recording together, and the recording Dance Along With Basie contains nearly an entire album of Jones’ uncredited arrangements of standard tunes.


2. Byron Scott, a retired National Basketball Association player and current head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.[2] He was formerly the head coach of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. He attended Arizona State University, but left school in his junior year to sign with the then San Diego Clippers. He was an important component of the Los Angeles Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s. Scott grew up in Inglewood, Californiaand played at Morningside High School, in the shadow of what was then the Lakers’ home arena, The Forum.


3. Bernice Albertine King, the second daughter and youngest child of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Her older siblings are Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, and the late Yolanda Denise King.  Bernice is the only King child to become a minister. She was elected in 2009 as the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), but declined in January of 2011, citing disagreements with the organization’s leadership.

Due to her profile and skill in public speaking, King has been asked to speak around the world. Ebony magazine named her as one of theirTen of Tomorrow future leaders of the black community. She is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Bernice was only five years old when her father died. At 17, she was invited to speak at the United Nations in the absence of her mother. She is a graduate of Douglass High School in Atlanta, attended Grinnell College in Iowa and she graduated from Spelman College with a degree in psychology.

King says she once considered suicide before God intervened. At the age of 24, she decided to become a minister and in 1990 received aMaster’s degree in Divinity from the Candler School of Theology and a Juris Doctor in Law from Emory University School of Law. King is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Events In African American History For March 28

1. In 1799,  New York State abolished slavery.

2. In 1804,   Ohio passed law restricting the movement of Blacks.

3. In 1899,   L. F. Booker received Patent for rubber scraping knife

4. In 1990,  Michael Jordan scores 69 pts, 4th time he scores 60 pts in a game.

5. In 1990,  President Bush awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.

6. In 1991,  Mike Tyson admits paternity to Kimberly Scarborough’s son.

7. In 1999,  Carolyn Peck, Coach, became the first Black female to lead her team (Purdue) to a NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship title.

Events In African American History For March 27

1. In 1861,  Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on streetcars. On May 1, the Charleston City Railway Company adopted a resolution guaranteeing the right of all persons to ride in streetcars.

2. In 1969,   Black Academy of Arts and Letters founded by Curtis King.  TBAAL is a multi-discipline arts organization whose mission is to create and enhance an awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African, African-American and Caribbean Arts and Letters.

3. In 1969,  Dr. C. Eric Lincoln, professor of religion and sociology at Union Theological Seminary, was elected president of the organization.

4. In 1997,  Pamela Gordon, Bermuda’s first woman prime minister, is sworn into office.

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