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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date March 31


Jack Johnson

1. Jack Johnson, nicknamed the “Galveston Giant”, was an American boxer. Trained in the art of pugilism by the aging Joe Choynski, who also became his friend and sparring partner, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915).  For more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth.

 

Big Maceo Merriweather

2. Big Maceo (Major Merriweather),  blues pianist and singer, active in Chicago in the 1940s.

Freddie Green

3. Freddie Green, swing jazz guitarist. He was especially noted for his sophisticated rhythm guitar in big bandsettings, particularly for the Count Basie orchestra, where he was part of the “All-American Rhythm Section” with Basie on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Walter Page on bass.

Lowell Fulson

4. Lowell Fulson, was a big-voiced blues guitarist and songwriter, in the West Coast blues tradition. Fulson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also recorded for business reasons as Lowell Fullsom and Lowell Fulsom. After T-Bone Walker, Fulson was the most important figure in West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s

5. James Earl Johnson, former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers. In 1994, he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played both offense and defense as a college football player at UCLA where he was also a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.  His brother is Rafer Johnson, an Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist.  J immy Johnson played NFL football for 16 years at multiple positions. He first played safety, then he moved to wide receiver, then back to safety, and finally to cornerback. During his career, he intercepted 47 passes and returned them for 615 yards. He also caught 34 passes for 627 yards (18.44 yards per. reception avg.).

Events In African American History For March 31


1. In 1956, 55 Years ago Today, The Coasters make their chart debut, with “Down in Mexico.”

2. In 1960, 51 Years ago Today, Laurian Rugambwa became the first Black Cardinal of the Catholic church in Mordern times.

3. In 1987, 24 Years ago Today, S. Dixion Jr. & T.R. AuCoin & R.J. Malik received Patent for Monolithic Planar doped barrier limiter

4. In 1988, 23 Years ago Today, Dean Baquet Chicago Tribune reporter won Pulitzer Prize.

5. In 1988, 23 Years ago Today, Michael DuCille Miami Herald Photographer won Pulitzer Prize.

6. In 1988, 23 Years ago Today, Toni Morrison awarded Pulitzer Prize for her fifth novel “Beloved”.

Tax on Electric Vehicles


Well, so much for conservation, when the time comes to pay the now approved yearly fee of $100.00 to operate and Electric car.    High gas prices, so we embraced the alternative electric/battery powered car.  Now we learn that there is going to be a fee/penalty to operate these vehicles.  The idea was to save money, but our officials has came up with the brilliant idea of tagging on a fee to compensate for gas taxes.    Well, why bother, you can’t drive a battery powered vehicle cross country.   The milage per charge is not worth the time and effort if you are going to be subjected to fees and later fee increases.   I can see fee increases in the future, now its starting at $100.000, what to stop them from increasing it to $200.00  or higher in the future.

Besides, what are we going to do with all those spint lithium power cells.   We know that disposal of batteries is a hazardous job.  Are we going to be charged a fee for disposal of the old lithium batteries?  Sure we are.  Just like  every time we have new tires put on our vehicle we are charged a casing disposal fee.   But the charge for disposing of lithium batteries will be much, much higher.   Now you tell me is it worth it to get an electric car?

 

 

 

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For March 30


Sonny Boy Williamson

1. Sonny Boy Williamson (Alex ford), Blues Harmonica player  96  Years ago

Naomi Sims

2. Naomi Sims, First Black Super Model, Cover of Ladies Home Journal 1968  62  Years ago

Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell)

3. Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell), Rap Artist, Preacher  48  Years ago

Tracy Chapman

4. Tracy Chapman, singer-songwriter, best known for her singles “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution”, “Baby Can I Hold You”, “Give Me One Reason”, “The Promise” and “Telling Stories”. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.  46  Years ago

 

Events In African American History For March 30


1. In 1870, 141 Years ago Today, 15th amendment gave Blacks the right to vote.

2. In 1886, 125 Years ago Today, J. Ricks received Patent for Horseshoe

3. In 1941, 70 Years ago Today, National Urban League presented one-hour program over a national radio network and urged equal participation for Blacks in national defense program.

4. In 1960, 51 Years ago Today, Eighteen Students was suspended from S.U. Baton Rouge La. for paticipating in sit-ins.

5. In 2009, 2 Years ago Today, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date March 29


Pearl bailey

1. Pearl Bailey, Singer/Actress and Commedienne  92  Years ago  Performing “If My friends Could See Me Now.” I just knew Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) reminded me of someone!!!

Walt Frazier

2. Walter “Clyde” Frazier,  Basketball legend, With his Rolls Royce car, flamboyant wardrobe that featured knee-length fur coats, and stylish fedora hats, Walt Frazier was the toast of New York City as a member of the Knicks from 1967 to 1977. On the court, Frazier was “super cool.” His quick hands on defense combined with his calm, cool and collected demeanor on the court, earned him the nickname “Clyde.” The cornerstone of Knick teams for a decade.

Earl Campbell

3. Earl Christian Campbell , former professional  Football running back. As a collegiate running back for the Texas Longhorns, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977.

LaToya Jackson

4. La Toya Yvonne Jackson,  singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality and actress. ????

Brian Jordan

5. Brian Jordan, retired Major League Baseball outfielder and National Football League safety. In the NFL, he played for the Atlanta Falcons, while he played in the MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers.

Events In African American History For March 29


1. In 1898, 113 Years ago Today, W. J. Ballow received Patent for Combined Hatrack And Table

2. In 1940, 71 Years ago Today, Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title.

3. In 1961, 50 Years ago Today, 23rd Amendment ratified, allows Washington D.C. residents to vote for president.

4. In 1961, 50 Years ago Today, After a 4 year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge.

5. In 1966, 45 Years ago Today, Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

6. In 1976, 35 Years ago Today, 8 Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting 4 Kent State students.

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