Toni Morrison Born

1931 – Toni Morrison born Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born on this day. 1894 – Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect, born Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect,...

Tuskegee Airmen Established Feb19

Tuskegee Airmen Established...

1942 – Tuskegee Airmen initiated The Army Air Corps’ all African American 100th Pursuit Squadron, later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute. The squadron served honorably in England and in other regions of the European continent during World War II. 1940 – Smokey Robinson born Soul singer William “Smokey” Robinson born in Detroit, Michigan. Robinson’s first singing group was the Miracles which he formed in 1955 while still in high school. The group’s first success came in 1960 with the hit, “Shop Around.” 1992 – John Singleton, Director John Singleton,the first African American director to be nominated for the Academy Award is nominated for best director and best screenplay for his first film Boyz N the Hood. 1919 – Pan-African Congress Meeting Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, met a Grand Hotel, Paris. There were fifty-seven delegates sixteen from the United States and fourteen from Africa form sixteen countries and colonies. Blaise Diagne of Senegal was elected president and Du Bois was named...

Jim Brown Born Feb17

Jim Brown Born

1936 – James Nathaniel Brown’s Birthday James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA 1942 – Huey Newton Born An illiterate high-school graduate, Newton taught himself how to read before attending Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco School of Law, where he met Seale. In Oakland in 1966 they formed the Bla…  1963 – Michael Jeffrey Jordon’s Birthday Michael Jeffrey Jordon, 36, Basketball player, former minor league baseball player, Born New York, New York, February 17, 1963 Opera singer Marian Anderson born Opera singer Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson was entered in the New York Philharmonic Competition at age 17 by her music teacher, and placed first over 299 other singers. Awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship in 1930, Anderson went to Europe for a year of study. She returned briefly to the...

Joe Frazier Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Feb16

Joe Frazier Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion...

1970 – Joe Frazier Joe Frazier becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. 1957 – Actor Levar Burton born Actor Levar Burton was born in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the television movie “roots,” which was based on the novel by Alex Haley. He became known once more in the 1980s and 1990s for his recurring role in the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series and movies. 1923 – Bessie Smith’s First Recording On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.   1951 – New York City Council passes bill prohibiting racial...

Nat King Cole Dies

1965 – Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California. 1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one...

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