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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date August 13

1. James B. Parsons, first African American appointed to a lifetime federal judgeship in the U.S.2. Charles Edward Anderson the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Meteorology.

3. Jimmy McCracklin- West coast blues singers

4. Dave (Baby) Cortez, Rock-n-roll organist

5. Frank (Son) Seals, Chicago blues guitarist

6. Kathleen Battle, operatic soprano, winner of Grammy awards in 1987 and 1988.

7. Dawnn Lewis, actress and singer, perhaps best known for her roles on sitcoms such as A Different World and in the first season of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.

8. Dennis Powell, Major League Baseball Player

9. John Lester Johnson, Actor and Boxer. He starred in the Our Gang 1933 classic “The Kid From Borneo” as ‘Bumbo. Yum, Yum Eat’m Up’.  He was a bit part actor in the 1920s through 1940s. He was also a heavyweight boxer who fought in the first integrated professional boxing event on July 13, 1916, against then unknown opponent Jack Dempsey.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Aug 12

1. Lillian Evans, world famous opera star and a founder of the National Negro Opera company

2. Percy Mayfield- Singer and songwriter (Cry Baby)

3. Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell- founder of two African American Modeling agencies one of which was the Grace Del Marco Model Agency

4. Joe Jones- Singer, Top Five 1960 R&B hit “You Talk Too Much”

5. Sir Mix-A-Lot, Rapp Artist

Events In African American History For April 09

1. In 1895,  R. H. Gray received Patent for Cistern Cleaners

2. In 1939,  Marion Anderson, renowned contralto opera singer, performed a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd of 75,000 people

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