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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 4th

1. Russell Wendell Simmons,  is an Entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hoplabel Def Jam, and creator of the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics.

Russell Simmons is the younger brother of Daniel Simmons, Jr., and he is the older brother of Rev. Joseph Simmons, better known as “Run” of Run-DMC, and son of Daniel Simmons, Sr, a public school administrator and Evelyn Simmons, a New York City park administrator. His brother Daniel Simmons, Jr., is an accomplished abstract artist.

Russell Simmons is the third richest figure in hip-hop, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million.

2.  Clifton Duncan Davis,  is an  actor, songwriter and minister. He has appeared on the television shows as A World ApartThat’s My Mama and Amen. Davis also wrote several hits for The Jackson 5, including “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Lookin’ Through the Windows”

3.  William Augustus Hatcher,  is a former left and center fielder in Major League Baseball player for theChicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers, and former first base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Hatcher is currently first base coach for the Reds.

4  A.C. Green, Jr.,  is a retired American NBA basketball player who played in more consecutive games than any other player in NBA and ABA history. With 1,192 straight games played, he earned the nickname “Iron Man”. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended Benson Polytechnic High School. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He played in 1278 out of 1281 games in his career (99.8%), with the three he missed coming in his second season, 1986–87.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 03

 Timothy Thomas Fortune

1. Timothy (“T.”) Thomas Fortune, orator, civil rights leader, journalist, writer, editor and publisher.

Fortune started his education at Marianna’s first school for African Americans after the Civil War. He worked both as a page in the state senate and apprenticed as printer at a Jacksonville newspaper during the time that his father, Emanuel, was a Reconstruction politician in Florida. At one time he also worked at the Marianna Courier and later the Jacksonville Daily-Times Union. These experiences would be the start of a career wherein he would go on to have his work published in over twenty books and articles and in more than three hundred editorials.

Fortune went to work as an editor at the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League’s house organ, the Negro World, in 1923. At its height the Negro World had circulation of over 200,000. With distribution throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and in Central America it may have been the most widely distributed newspaper in the world at that time. During his tenure at the Negro World, Fortune rubbed shoulders with such literary luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, W.A. Domingo, Hubert Harrison, and John E. Bruce, among others.

Fortune moved to Red Bank, New Jersey in 1901, where he built his home, Maple Hill. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976 and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on August 16, 1979.

2. Josephine “Mama Jo” Riley Matthews, Delivered over 1,300 babies as a licensed midwife.

Albert Collins

3. Albert Collins, electric blues guitarist and singer (and occasional harmonica player) whose recording career began in the 1960s in Houston and whose fame eventually took him to stages across the US, Europe, Japan and Australia. He had many nicknames, such as “The Ice Man”, “The Master of the Telecaster”   and “The Razor Blade”.

Chubby Checker

4. Chubby Checker, Rock-n-Roll Singer (The Twist).singer-songwriter. He also popularized the dance style Twist, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard’s R&B hit “The Twist”. In September 2008, “The Twist” topped Billboard’s list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958.

Ronnie Laws

5. Ronnie Laws, jazz, blues and funk saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws.

Billy Branch

6. Billy Branch, blues harp player and singer of Chicago blues and harmonica blues. blues harp player and singer of Chicago blues and harmonica blues

Dave Winfield

7. Dave Winfield, former Major League Baseball outfielder. He is currently Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor of the San Diego Padres and an analyst for the ESPN program Baseball Tonight. Over his 22-year career, he played for six teams: the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, and Cleveland Indians. In 2004, ESPN named him the third-best all-around athlete of all time in any sport.  He is a member of both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

India Arie

8. India Arie,  is a Grammy Award-winning soul, R&B, and neo soul musician, songwriter, and producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records in the U.S. and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album.

Events In African American History For Aug 26


1. In 1890, A. F. Hilyer received Patent for Water Evaporator Attachment for Hot Air Registers.

2. In 1947, Dan Bankhead became the first Black pitcher in Major League Baseball when he singned with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 24

1. Anthony Johnson, a free Black who was probably one of the first twenty settlers, received a grant of 250 acres of land in Northampton County, Va., for importing five persons. Johnson established a settlement on the banks of the Pungo teague River.

2. Alexandre Dumas, An acclaimed author of the French classics The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Corsican Brothers. Dumas wrote hundreds of plays, novels and travel diaries. He wrote several children’s stories, and a culinary dictionary. He started several magazines and wrote in them weekly. He was one of the most prolific writers ever, and did not shy away from collaborating with others or rewriting older stories.

3. Ira Frederick Aldridge, Stage actor who made his career largely on the London stage. He is the only actor of African American descent among the 33 actors of the English stage with bronze plaques at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.

4. George Boyer Vashon, studied law under Judge Walter Forward, a prominent figure in Pennsylvania politics. After two years of reading law, Vashon applied for admission to the Allegheny County bar. His application was denied on the grounds that colored people were not citizens. This inequitable act led to Vashon’s decision to emigrate to Haiti. Before leaving the United States, Vashon went to New York to take the bar examination, which he successfully completed on January 10, 1848, thus becoming the first black lawyer in New York.

5. Charles S. Johnson, sociologist, founder of the National Urban League’s Opportunity magazine and professor and President of Fisk University, born

6. Ira Aldridge, Shakespearean actor is *believed* to have been born in Africa. Aldridge was an apprentice carpenter in Maryland, where he learned German and became interested in the theater. Aldridge played such roles as the Moorish Othello.

7. Charles Melvin (Cootie) Williams, jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter.

8. Billy Taylor, jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is currently the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville. Since 1994, he has been the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

9. Townsend Sonny Brewster, Playwright and activist

10. Karl Malone, nicknamed in college as The Mailman for his consistency (“the mailman always delivers”) and his work in the post. Malone twice won the National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player award. He is generally considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history, and has scored the second most points (36,928) in NBA history, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

11. Barry Bonds, former Major League Baseball outfielder. Bonds played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. [1] He is the son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds.[2] He debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993, where he stayed through 2007.

12. Kadeem Hardison, Actor, He is best known for portraying college student Dwayne Wayne on the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World.

13. Jennifer Lopez, often nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer.

Events In African American History For July 23

1. In 1868, 14th Amendment validates citizenship for African Americans

2. In 1889, W. A. Martin received Patent for the forerunner of modern door lock.

3. In 1900, Pan-African Congress met in London. Among the leaders of the Congress were H. Sylvester Williams, a West Indian Lawyer with a London practice, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Bishop Alexander Walters.

4. In 1962, Jackie Robinson, Baseball great inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

5. In 1984, Vanessa Williams relinquishes her Miss America crown. She is replaced by Suzette Charles, the first runner-up.

6. In 2006, Tiger Woods wins his third british Open making this his 11th Golf major title.

Events In African American History For July 20

1. In 1897, T. H. Edmonds received Patent for Separating Screens

2. In 1914, Marcus Garvey, at the age of twenty-eight, founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). His co-founder was Amy Ashwood, who would later become his first wife. The U.N.I.A. advocated Black economic and political independence.  By 1920 Garvey claimed nearly a thousand  divisions in the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada and Africa.

2. In 1950, Black troops win First US Victory in Korea, the 24th Infantry Regiment.

3. In 1967, Black Power Conference, More than one thousand persons attended the first Black Power Conference in Newark, New Jersey.

4. In 1973, The National Black Network begins operations. It is the first African American owned and operated radio news network.

5. In 1974, Baseball great, Hank Aaron, breaks Ty Cobb’s record, as he appears in game number 3,034 of his career. Aaron, age 40, is playing in his 20th season of major-league baseball.

6. In 1984, Leontine T.C. Kelly became the first Black female Bishop of a major denomination, the United Methodist Church

7. In 1988, In the most formidable attempt ever by an African American to become President of the United States. Jesse Jackson receives 1218 delegates votes of the 2,082 needed for the Democratic party’s nomination, finishing second to Michael Dukakis. In his second bid for the nomination, Jackson garners wide popular support and captures 92% of African American and 12% of white votes in primary elections and caucuses. The previous night, Jackson electrifies the delegates with a ringing speech encouraging them to “keep hope alive.”

8. In 2002, Fred Gray, SR., The first black president of the Alabama state bar association was installed. Fred Gray, Sr., who defended Rosa Parks in her landmark bus segregation case and represented victims of the well-known Tuskegee syphilis experiment, has broken another racial barrier at age 71. With his installation he assumes a post that white attorneys normally achieve when they are in their 50s.

9. In 2002, Surviving members of the all-black 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League all-star team were honored.

Events In African American History For April 25

1. In 1882,   W. B. Purvis received Patent for Bag fastener

2. In 1899, J. H. Robinson Received Patent for Lifesaving guards for street cars

3. In 1916, Madeline M. Turner receives a patent for the fruit press.

4. In 1945,  The United Nations is founded at a San Francisco meeting attended by African American consultants, most notably W.E.B. Du Bois, Mary McLeod Bethune and Ralph J. Bunche.

5. In 1947,  Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first Black in the major leagues in modern times. Larry Doby joined the Cleveland Indians on July 6 and became the first Black in the American League. Three other Blacks played in the major leagues in 1947: Dan Bankhead, pitcher, Brooklyn Dodgers; Willard Brown, outfielder, St. Louis Browns and Henry Thompson, infielder, St. Louis Browns.

6. In 1950,  Charles “Chuck” Cooper first African American ever drafted by an NBA team; picked by the Boston Celtics.

7. In 1972,  Major General Frederick E. Davidson becomes the first African American to lead an Army division when he is assigned command of the 8th Infantry Division in Europe.

8. In 1979, Olodum, an internationally recognized Afro-Brazilian Carnival association, is founded in Bahia, Brazil. The music of this group celebrates Black history and protests racial discrimination. The name Olodum is derived from the name of the supreme Yoruba deity, Olodumare’.


Events In African American History For April 15

1. In 1850,  The California Fugitive Slave Law, introduced earlier by state Senator Henry A. Crabb, was adopted by the State Legislature. It authorized any slave owner claiming a runaway to obtain warrant for the slave’s arrest.

2. In 1861,  President Lincoln called for 75,000 troops to put down the rebellion. Lincoln administration rejected Black volunteers. For almost two years straight, Black Americans fought for the right, as one humorist put it, “to be kilt”.

3. In 1896,  Booker T. Washington receives an honorary degree from Harvard

4. In 1947,  Jackie Robinson Made debut in major league Baseball.

5. In 1959,  African Freedom Day is declared at the All-African People’s Conference in Accra, Ghana.

6. In 1960,  The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) (conventionally pronounced /ˈsnɪk/) was one of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. It emerged from a series of student meetings led by Ella Baker held at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. SNCC grew into a large organization with many supporters in the North who helped raise funds to support SNCC’s work in the South, allowing full-time SNCC workers to have a $10 a week salary. Many unpaid volunteers also worked with SNCC on projects in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, and Maryland.

7. In 1980, Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia gains its independence.

8. In 1985,  Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns wins the World Middleweight title. This is one of five weight classes that he has won a boxing title making him the first Black to win boxing titles in five different weight classes.

9. In 1996, South Africa’s “truth commission”, looking into abuses during the apartheid era, began its public hearings.

10. In 2011, President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement covering federal spending for the remainder of the current fiscal year on Friday, bringing an end to any remaining fears of a government shutdown.

The bipartisan deal, which won approval the day before from both the House and Senate, cuts $38.5 billion in spending while funding the government through the end of September.

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