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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 27

1. Ruby Dee,  actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and the film American Gangster (2007) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For August 11

1. Ann Plato, was the second woman of color to publish a book in America and the first to publish a book of essays and poems.

2. Robert Brown Elliott, Member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina

3. John Rosamond Johnson, with Bob Cole, of the famous vaudeville team Cole & Johnson. Best remembered as a composer who, with his brother James Weldon Johnson providing the lyrics, will write “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

4. Sam Collins, Blues Artist and guitarist, sometimes known as Crying Sam Collins, His best known recording was “The Jail House Blues”

5. Alex Haley, Writer, award-winning author (Roots won Pulitzer Prize/Malcolm X Bio.)

6. Carl T. Rowan, Commissioned as a naval officer in WWII

7. Otis Taylor, college and professional American football player, for Prairie View A&M University and the American Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 215 pounds, Taylor possessed sure hands and served as a devastating upfield blocker, springing Chiefs running backs for many long runs.

8. Yusef Komunyakaa, Poet who currently teaches at New York University and is a famous member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular”[1] and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

9. Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Actor,He is best known for his supporting roles in The Return of the Living Dead and Life and a leading role in Juwanna Mann.

10. Chris Kelly of Rapp Group KrisKros (Jump)

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 28

1. James Presley Ball, Abolitionist, free Black man, photographer and businessman.

2. Queen Mother Audley Moore, Founder/Universal Association/Ethiopian Women

3. Isaac L. “Banjo Ikey” Robinson, banjoist and vocalist. played and recorded with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, and Jabbo Smith during 1928-1929.

4. Chester Himes, writer whose novels and autobiographies explore the absurdity of racism.

5. Junior Kimbrough, bluesman from Mississippi. His best known work included “Keep Your Hands Off Her” and “All Night Long”.

6. Evelyn Dilworth-Williams, poet, teacher, author, and motivational speaker.

7. Vida Rochelle Blue Jr., is a former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher. In a 17-year career, he played for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals.

8. Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Ramone Way Rapp Artist and record producer.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 19

1. Harry Hosier, He was a renowned Black preacher and an evangelist. Born a slave in North Carolina, following the Revolutionary War he gained his freedom and was converted to Methodism. His sermon, “The Barren Fig Tree,” preached at Adam’s Chapel, Fairfax County, Virginia, in May of 1781, was the first recorded Methodist sermon by an African-American. Hosier became famous as a traveling evangelist throughout the Atlantic seaboard.

2. Richard Potter, Magician, one of the first black illusionist in America, Potter has been credited as America’s first successful stage magician, hypnotist, and ventriloquist. One of the earliest records of Potter advertising his shows was on November 2, 1811, in Boston at the Columbian Museum. The performance featured ventriloquism and magic.

3. Joseph Lee, Inventor, invented machinery for processing food and became very prominent in the food industry.

4. Kelly Miller, historian and educator, Miller wrote essays and a weekly column for the black press, where he dealt with the promise and progress of African-Americans since Emancipation and proposed ideas for global racial equality. Additionally, he wrote several books, including “Race Adjustment” (1903), “Out of the House of Bondage” (1917), and “History of the World War and the Important Part Taken by the Negroes” (1919).

5. Alice Nelson Dunbar, novelist, poet, essayist, and critic associated with the early period of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and ’30s.

6. Jody Edwards (Butter Beans), Vaudevillian, teamed with his wife Susie , worked with Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith, appeard at the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club

7. Rachel Robinson, former nurse and the widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson. She was born in Los Angeles, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. There, she met Jackie in 1941, and they married in 1946. A baby, Jackie Robinson, Jr., was born to her in November 1946. The Robinsons would later have a daughter, Sharon, and another son, David.

8. Buster Benton, blues guitarist and singer, who played guitar in Willie Dixon’s Blues All-Stars, and is best known for his solo rendition of the Dixon-penned song “Spider in My Stew.

9. Thulani Davis, writer, educator, and journalist.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date May 10

1. Henry Bibb, author, editor, abolitionist, and advocate of emigration from the United States. he published one of the best-known slave narratives, “Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb.  he started the “Voice of the Fugitive,” the fist Black newspaper in Canada.

He was born to a mixed-race enslaved woman, Milldred Jackson, on a Cantalonia, Kentucky plantation on May 10, 1815. His people told him his white father was James Bibb, a Kentucky state senator, but Henry never knew him. [1] As he was growing up, Bibb saw each of his six younger siblings, all boys, sold away to other slaveholders.

In 1833, Bibb married another mulatto slave, Malinda, who lived in Oldham County, Kentucky. They had a daughter, Mary Frances.

In 1842, he managed to flee to Detroit, from where he hoped to gain the freedom of his wife and daughter.[1] After finding out that Malinda had been sold as a mistress to a white planter, Bibb focused on his career as an abolitionist. He traveled and lectured throughout the United States.

2. Pickney Benton Steward Pinchback, Civil War officer and politician, entered Louisiana politics after the Civil War and became lieutenant governor of that Reconstruction Era state. For 43 days he actually served the office of governor of the state.   Won seats in both houses of Congress following disputed elections but could not persuade the members of either to seat him.”

3. Jayne Cortez, poet, musician, activist, and entrepreneur.   She is the author of ten books of poems and performer of her poetry with music on nine recordings. Her voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez has presented her work and ideas at universities, museums, and festivals in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the United States. Her poems have been translated into many languages and widely published in anthologies, journals, and magazines.

She was organizer of “Slave Routes the Long Memory” and “Yari Yari Pamberi: Black Women Writer Dissecting Globalization,” both conferences were held at New York University. She is president of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and appears on screen in the films “Women In Jazz” and “Poetry In Motion.”

4. Judith Jamison, modern dancer, dance director,  educator and author, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Jamison’s numerous awards include Kennedy Center Honors (1999) and the National Medal of Arts (2001). She won a prime time Emmy Award and an American Choreography Award for Outstanding Choreography for the PBS “Great Performances: Dance In America” special, “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey.” She wrote an autobiography, “Dancing Spirit”, published in 1993.  She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

5. Darryl M. Bell,  actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as college student Ron Johnson, Jr. on the NBC sitcom A Different World. Additionally, he appeared as Morris Clay in the UPN sitcomHomeboys in Outer Space, and had a minor part in the 1988 Spike Lee film School Daze.  Bell is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Greek-letter fraternity. He pledged into the fraternity through Delta Zeta Chapter in Spring 1982.  Bell attended Syracuse University. He is in a  long committed relationship with actress Tempestt Bledsoe, who co-starred in the NBCTV comedy The Cosby Show. The couple appeared together in the Fox reality TV series Househusbands of Hollywood, that debuted in August 2009.

7. Marvin Young, better known by his stage name Young MC, is a Rapp Artist. He is best known for his 1989 hit “Bust a Move“.   While completing his last 2 years at USC, Young MC helped write “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” for Tone Loc. The first radio station to play Wild Thing was KROQ-FM, better known for its specialty of cutting-edge alternative rock. “Wild Thing” achieved multi-platinum status in 1988, with sales totaling nearly 4 million copies. “Funky Cold Medina” achieved multi-platinum status in 1989, selling well over 2 million copies.

8. Carl Douglas, R&B singer, best known for his song “Kung Fu Fighting”, which hit number one in both the UK Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The R.I.A.A. awarded gold disc status on 27 November, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Selling Single in 1974.   It eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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