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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For November 01

1. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs,   Was a prominent  artist and writer and a co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History. She also helped to establish the South Side Community Art Center, whose opening on May 1, 1941  was dedicated by the First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt  . There at the age of 23 she served as the youngest member of its board of directors. Dr. Burroughs was a prolific writer, with her efforts directed toward the exploration of the Black experience and to children, especially to their appreciation of their cultural identity and to their introduction and growing awareness of art.

Dr. Burroughs is also credited as the founder of Chicago’s Lake Meadows Art Fair in the early 1950’s. At its inception, during the 1950’s, there were very limited venues and galleries for African American Artists to exhibit and sell their artwork, Dr. Burroughs, launched the Lake Meadows Art Fair which rapidly grew in popularity and The Lake Meadows Art Fair became one of the most anticipated exhibitions for artists, collectors and others throughout the greater Chicago area. After a brief hiatus beginning in the early 1980’s, the Art Fair was resurrected by Helen Y. West in 2005, and another Margaret Burroughs’ legacy lives on.

2. Gary Eugene Redus,  a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1982-1994. He was a career .252 batter with 90 home runs, 886 hits, 352 RBIs and 322 stolen bases over 1159 games.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date August 16


1. Al Hibbler- Singer, vocalist with several pop hits. He is best known for his million selling recording of “Unchained Melody” (1955).

2. Ernie Freeman- Pianist and arranger

3. Louis E. Lomax- author

4. Eddie Kirkland, Blues singer and guitarist often called the  Road Warrior

5. Kitty Lester (Reyvolda Frierson), Singer, “Love Letters”

6. Barbara George (Barbara Ann Smith) Songstress, R&B singer and songwriter

7. Carol Moseley Braum, Former US Senator, politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999.

8. Reginald Vel Johnson- Actor  Carl Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters, where he was the only cast member to appear in every single episode. He was also LAPD Sgt. Al Powell in the film Die Hard (1988) and its sequel Die Hard 2 (1990).

9. Angela Evelyn Bassett- Actress, (Waiting to Exhale, ER, The Jacksons, What’s Love Got To Do With It)

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date August 07

1. Thomas Johnson, slave, minister and author.

2. James Peters, A rugby union player and, later, a rugby league player. He is notable as the first black man to play rugby union for England.

3. Charles Luckeyeth Roberts, better known as Luckey Roberts, composer and stride pianist who worked in the jazz, ragtime, and blues styles. During the 40s and early 50s he owned and regularly performed at a Harlem bar.

4. Diana McNeil Pierson, Educator and missionary, The first Black to attend USC, her master’s thesis was on “Liberian Republic: Experiment in Government.” McNeil received her bachelor of arts degree in 1909 and her master of arts degree in 1910, both from USC.

5. Mark Matthews, Buffalo Soldier, Mathews served along the U. S.-Mexican border as part of Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing’s 1916 expedition into Mexico, on the trail of Mexican bandit and revolutionary Poncho Villa. In 1931, he was assigned to Ft. Myers, Va., where he trained recruits in horsemanship, helped tend the presidential stable for Franklin D. Roosevelt and played on the polo team.

6. Maceo “Breed” Breedlove, Negro League baseball player. Breedloves career was from 1922-1944 and the teams he played for were Johnny Baker Legion, St. Paul Giants, Pioneer Limited of Minneapolis, Original Negro House of David, Twin Cities Colored Giants, Broadway Clowns.

7. Ralph Johnson Bunche, political scientist and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Palestine. He was the first person of color to be so honored in the history of the Prize. He was involved in the formation and administration of the United Nations. In 1963, he received the Medal of Freedom from President John F. Kennedy.

8. Ernestine Wade, actress who is best known for playing the role of Sapphire Stevens on the radio and television program Amos ‘n Andy. see more

9. Melvin Herbert Evans, the first elected Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from 1969 to 1975 and Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1981.

10. James Cameron, Founder Black Holocaust Musem

11. Dr. Maurice F. Rabb Jr, ophthalmologist. He is widely known for his pioneering work in cornea and retinal vascular diseases.

12. Rahsaan Roland Kirk, jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously.

13. Magic Slim (Morris Holt), blues singer and guitarist

14. Alan Cedric Page, Jurist and former professional American football player. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1963, received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. Justice Page is particularly notable for the fact that he is both a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an Associate Justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justice Page is married to Diane Sims Page and is the father of four children, Nina, Georgi, Justin and Kamie.

15. Alan Lee Keyes, conservative political activist, author and former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Aug 04

1. Robert Purvis, abolitionist, first board of managers of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

2. Louis Daniel Armstrong, nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was a jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

3. Robert Hayden, poet, essayist, educator. He was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976.

4. Mayme Agnew Clayton, Librarian, researcher and historian, and the Founder, President & Spiritual Leader of the Western States Black Research and Education Center (WSBREC), the largest privately held collection of African-American historical materials in the world. The collection represents the core holdings of the Mayme A. Clayton Library Museum and Cultural Center (MCL) located in Culver City, California.

5. Barack Obama, Father, Husband, Professor, Lawyer, Author, Politician, Senator, Nobel prize Winner, First Black President Of the United States Of America.

6. Keith Maurice Ellison, Lawyer, politician, and a Democrat. He became the first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress when he won the open seat for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, which centers on Minneapolis, in the House of Representatives in 2006. He is also the first African American elected to the House from Minnesota, currently serving in the 111th United States Congress. Ellison is also active on a national level in advocacy for Muslims in the United States.

7. Marques Houston, Rapp Artist/Actor

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