1. In 1926, Theodore “Georgia Deacon” Flowers wins middleweight boxing title.
2. In 1930, “The Green Pastures” opened at 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.”
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.”
In 2012, Trayvon Martin a 17-year-old African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a thug acting as a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida. Martin had gone with his father on a visit to his father’s fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford. On that evening, Martin went to a convenience store and purchased candy and a canned drink. As Martin was returning home, her was murdered my Zimmerman.