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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.

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