1. James Francis Shober, was an African-American doctor and the first black physician in North Carolina. Shober graduated second in his class from Lincoln University in Oxford, PA, in 1875 with an A. B. degree. He went to Howard University’s School of Medicine, where he was one of 48 graduates in the class of 1878 and the only one from North Carolina. Although a number of other blacks may have been licensed doctors sometime after Emancipation, Shober was the first black doctor to graduate from a regular medical school in North Carolina and was thus the first “official” black doctor in North Carolina.
2. Wynona Carr, was born on this date in 1924. She was a gospel and R&B singer. While growing up in Cleveland, she learned piano, voice, harmony, and arranging while attending the Cleveland Musical College. Two years later, she worked as a member of the famous Wings Over Jordan Choir and The Pilgrim Travelers. In 1949, her first song was released for Specialty records. It was “Each Day” and “Lord Jesus” with the Austin McCoy’s Combo. She was then listed as Sister Wynona Carr. She had a number of hits with Brother Joe May and the Sally Martin Singers.
3. Philip Emeagwali, A Nigerian computer scientist and internet pioneer. Called “Calculus” by his schoolmates, Emeagwali mastered the subject at age 14, and could out-calculate his instructors. He had to drop out of school because his family could not afford to send all eight children, but he continued studying on his own and got a general certificate of education from the University of London.
4. Kobe Bryant, professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He decided to declare his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.
5. Cortez Kennedy, A former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks..