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Events In African America History For April 04

1. In 1899,   B. F. Jackson received Patent for Gas burner

2. In 1968,  Tragedy at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Preacher, Husband, Father and civil rights leader was assassinated.

3. In 1989, Colin Luther Powell Promoted to the rank of Four Star General:

4. In 2009,  Little Anthony and the Imperials are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual ceremony. Smokey Robinson is their presenter.

5. In 2015, Walter Scott  was murdered in North Charleston, South Carolina, following a daytime traffic stop for a broken brake light. Scott, a black man, was fatally shot by Michael Slager, a white North Charleston police officer. The video proved an unarmed Scott was shot in the back while fleeing.

6. In 2018, Shaheed Vassell, was shot and killed by police officers.  Vassell, who was known to be mentally ill,   supposedly pointed what the officers believed was a gun at them.   The object, however, turned out to be a metal pipe with a knob on it.

Events In African American History For November 07

1. In 1775, Lord Dunmore, deposed royal governor of Virginia, issued proclamation which promised freedom to male slaves who joined the British army.

2. In 1876, Edward A. Bouchet received the Ph.D. degree in physics at Yale University and became the first Black to receive a doctorate at an American University.

3. In 1876, Edward Bannister, the first Black artist to win wide critical acclaim, awarded prize at Philadelphia Centennial Exposition for his work, Under the Oak.

4. In 1876, The disputed presidential election which changed the course of black history occurs. The dispute led to the Hayes-Tilden Compromise. In order to be declared president Republican Rutherford B. Hayes reached an agreement with southern Democrats which had the effect of ending much of Reconstruction and the protection of black rights. The Jim Crow era began with “black codes” and other measures which severely limited black rights. Many of these rights were not restored until the 1960’s.

5. In 1909, Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver organized in Mobile, Alabama, by four Posephite priests and three Catholic laymen.

6. In 1934,  Arthur L. Mitchell defeated Oscar DePriest in a Chicago election and became the first Black Democratic congressman.

7. In 1955, Supreme Court in Baltimore case banned segregation in public recreational facilities.

8. In 1963,  Elston Howard, New York Yankees Star catcher, became the first Black to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

9. In 1964, Little Anthony and the Imperials’ “Goin’ Out of My Head,” a vocal-group soul classic, enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak in the Top Ten.

10. In 1967,  Carl B. Stokes is elected Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.

11. In 1967,  Richard Hatcher was elected the first Black mayor of Gary, IN.

12. In 1989,  Lawrence Douglas Wilder became first Black Governor in the US (Virginia).

13. In 1991, Rock legend Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

14. In 2007,  Michael Nutter, Elected Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is Philadelphia’s third African American mayor.

Events In African American History For October 19


1. In 1870,  Joseph H. Rainey became the first Black member of Congress. A portrait in his honor was finally placed in the U.S. Capitol Building in 2006.

2. In 1894,  Henry Ossawa Tanner wins the Medal of Honor at the Paris Exposition for his paintings. He was the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim for his work. Tanner was born in Pittsburgh. In fact, he eventually moved to Paris because of opposition to black artists in the United States. His most famous painting is “The Banjo Player.”

3. In 1944,  US Navy opened to Black women.

4. In 1998,  Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners) Wins his ninth (9th) consecutive gold glove award.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 27

Hiram Rhodes Revels

1. Hiram Roades Revels, was the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. Because he preceded any African American in the House, he was the first African American in the U.S. Congress as well. He represented Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during Reconstruction. As of 2011, Revels is one of only six African Americans ever to have served in the United States Senate.

Greg Morris

2. Greg Morris, television and movie actor.Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Morris began his acting career in the 1960s making guest appearances on many TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Ben Casey. In 1966, he was cast in his most recognizable role as the electronics expert Barney Collier in the TV series Mission: Impossible. Morris, Peter Lupus and Bob Johnson were the only actors to remain with the series throughout its entire run.  he went to see the film version of Mission: Impossible that starred Tom Cruise. The reports were that he disliked the movie so much (an opinion that was shared by several of his former co-stars) that he left the theater early. According to The Associated Press, he said of the movie: “It’s an abomination.”

Stephanie E. Pogue Cressent Moon

3. Stephanie Pogue, Was a Professor of art in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, Pogue taught printmaking and drawing and served as the Department’s Chair from 1993 to 1998.  A contemporary  painter and printmaker, Stephanie Pogue received her B.F.A. from Howard University, Washington DC (1963-1966), and her M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1968). She served as both a Professor and Gallery Director at Fisk University, Nashville, from 1968 to 1981.

Lil' Wayne

4. Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., better known by many as Lil Wayne, is Rapp Artist. Formerly a member of the rap group the Hot Boys, he joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. Get It How U Live, released in 1997, was Lil Wayne’s first album with Hot Boys, and Tha Block is Hot, his solo debut, came out in 1999. After gaining fame with two other albums in the early 2000s, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004’s Tha Carter and its two subsequent albums Tha Carter II (2005) and Tha Carter III (2008).

Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius, Television show host and producer who is best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971-1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

Tamara Taylor, actress,  has made guest appearances on NCISNumb3rsLostCSI: MiamiWithout a TraceParty of Five and Dawson’s Creek. She portrayed Debrah Simmons in the 2005 romantic-comedy Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Taylor also had a brief role in Serenity, the movie conclusion of the TV series Firefly by Joss Whedon. Through her part in Serenity, Taylor was able to audition for a show with actor David Boreanaz, who had previously worked with Whedon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She also appeared in the TV series Lost, as the former girlfriend of Michael and mother of Walt.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 07

John Merrick1

1. John Merrick, entrepreneur born in Clinton, North Carolina, who founded the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Merrick was born into slavery and raised by a single mother. He began working in business and entrepreneurship early with barbershops, and he involved the community in his businesses. He eventually founded not only the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, but many other companies, such as banks, in the Raleigh-Durham area.


Jacob Lawrence Painter

1. Jacob Lawrence, painter; he was married to fellow artist Gwendolyn Knight. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism”, though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.

Lawrence is among the best-known twentieth century painters and was only in his twenties when his “Migration Series” made him nationally famous. A part of this series was featured in a 1941 issue of Fortune magazine. The series depicted the epic Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The collection has been split into two parts for public viewing.

Sonny Rollins

2. Theodore Walter (Sonny) Rollins, Blues and Jazz Musician, Jazz saxophonist. Grammy-winning  jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. A number of his compositions have become jazz standards.

Little Milton

3. James Milton Campbell, Jr., better known as Little Milton, electric blues ,rhythm and blues,  and soul singer and guitarist, best known for his hit records “Grits Ain’t Groceries” and “We’re Gonna Make It.”, “If Walls Could Talk”, “Let’s Get Together”


4. Benjamin “Benny” Latimore , Charleston, Tennessee), usually known professionally simply as Latimore, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist.(Let’s Straighten It Out)

Alfa Anderson

5. Alfa Anderson, R&B Singer (Chic), Chic was Disco and R&B band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. It is best known  for its commercially successful disco songs, including “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

Gloria Gaynor

6. Gloria Gaynor,  Songstress, singer, best known for the disco era hits; “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).

7. Michele L. Norris, A radio journalist and current host of the National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program All Things Considered since December 9, 2002. She is the first African American female host for NPR.

Events In African American History For April 11

1. In 1881,  Spelman College (Atlanta GA) founded

2. In 1956,  Nat (King) Cole attacked on stage of Birmingham theater by white thugs.

3. In 1967,  Harlem (NYC) voters defy Congress & re-elect Adam Clayton Powell Jr

4. In 1968,  President L. B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act.

5. In 1972,  Benjamin L. Hooks named to the FCC.

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