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Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 31

1. The birth of El Yanga, He was an African abolitionist and a leader of a slave rebellion in Mexico during the early period of Spanish colonial rule.

2. Henry Plummer, a black soldier and chaplain, Saw action in many battles and was honorably discharged from the Navy after the Civil War. The next year, he went to New Orleans to find his sister, Sarah, who had been sold in 1860. He found her and returned with her. Sarah later started St. Paul Baptist Church in Bladensburg, MD.

3. Roy Milton, R&B singer, drummer and bandleader

4. Whitney M. Young, civil rights leader, former Executive Director of the National Urban League.

5. Deval Laurdine Patrick, businessman, lawyer, and politician–the first black governor of Massachusetts.

6. Stanley Jordan, Jazz fusion guitarist, best known for his development of the touch technique for playing guitar.

7. Wesley Snipes, actor, film producer, and martial artist. He has starred in numerous action-adventures, thrillers, and dramatic feature films and is well known for his role as Blade in the Blade trilogy. Snipes formed a production company titled Amen-Ra Films in 1991 and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television.

8. Andre Ware, sports analyst and commentator and a former American football player. He was the 1989 Heisman Trophy winner as a quarterback for the University of Houston. In the 1990 NFL Draft, Ware was the first round selection (#7 overall) of the Detroit Lions. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Events In African American History For July 31

1. In 1874, Father Patrick Francis Healy, named President of Georgetown University.

2. In 1888, S. E. Thomas Received Patent for Casting

3. In 1911, The founding of America’s first “Negro Boy Scout” troop in 1911. Initially started in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, opposition was encountered immediately, but troops continued to meet in increasing numbers. In 1916, the first official Boy Scout Council-promoted Negro Troop 75 began in Louisville, KY. By the next year, there were four official black troops in the area. By 1926, there were 248 all-black troops, with 4,923 black scouts and within ten years, there was only one Council in the entire South that refused to accept any black troops.

4. In 1960, Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, called for creation of a Black state in America at a New York meeting.

5. In 1981, Attorney Arnette R. Hubbard installed as the first woman president of the National Bar Association.

6. In 2005, In rememberance of Anthony Walker, then 18 murdered in England with an axe in a hate crime.

7. In 2006, India Arie’s Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship Tops Jet Magazine’s top 20 album list.

Events In African American History For July 30

1. In 1822, James Varick, consecrated as the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

2. In 1839, Slave rebels, led by Joseph Cinque, kill the captain and take over the slave ship Amistad in the most celebrated of American slave mutinies.

3. In 1863, President Lincoln gave an order to shoot a Confederate prisoner for every African American prisoner that was shot; it became known as the “eye-for-eye” order. A rebel prisoner would also be condemned to life in prison doing hard labor, for every African American prisoner sold into slavery.

4. In 1864, Decatur Dorsey of the Thirty-ninth U.S. Colored Troops wins a Congressional Medal of Honor.

5. In 1866, Edward G. Walker, son of abolitionist David Walker, and Charles L. Mitchell are elected to the Massachusetts Assembly from Boston and become the first African Americans to sit in the legislature of an American state in the post-Civil War period.

6. In 1945, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., activist and politician, is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing Harlem.

7. In 1959, Willie McCovey steps to the plate for the first time in his major-league baseball career. McCovey, of the San Francisco Giants bats 4-for-4 in his debut against Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hits two singles and two triples, driving in two runs. It is the start of an All-Star career that will land McCovey in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

8. In 1984, Reggie Jackson hits the 494th home run of his career, passing the Yankees’ Lou Gehrig and taking over 13th place on the all-time home run list.

9. In 1988, The first National Black Arts Festival opens in Atlanta, Georgia. The biennial festival includes over 50 architectural and art exhibits including the works of Romare Bearden, Edwin Harleston, Camille Billops, David Driskell, and over 140 others.

10. In 1994, The first U.S. troops land in the Rwandan capital of Kigali to secure the airport for an expanded international aid effort.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For this date July 30

1. George (Buddy) Guy, Influential blues guitarist and singer is born in Lettsworth, LA, USA. His most popular records include “First Time I Met The Blues” and “Stone Crazy”.

2. Laurence John Fishburne IIIan Emmy Award-winning American actor of screen and stage, as well as aplaywright, director, and producer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, and as singer-musician Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It. He became the first African American to portrayOthello in a motion picture by a major studio when he appeared in Oliver Parker’s 1995 film adaption of the Shakespeare play. Currently, he stars as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Fishburne has won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running (1992) and an Emmy Award for Drama Series Guest Actor for his performance in TriBeCa (1993).

3. Vivica A. Fox, Actress Independence Day, Booty Call, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Kingdom Come, Two Can Play That Game

Events In African American History For July 29

1. In 1884, T. S. Church received Patent for Carpet beating machine

2. In 1890, A. Pugsley Received Patent for Blind Stop

3. In 1895, First National Convention of Black Women held in Boston Mass.

4. In 1918, The National Liberty Congress of Colored Americans asked Congress to make lynching a federal crime.

5. In 1919, First convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians; held in Chicago. It awarded its first scholarship to the young Marian Anderson.

6. In 1940, American professional tennis integrated for the first time when Jimmy McDaniel met Don Budge.

7. In 1970, One person was killed in six days of rioting in Hartford, Connecticut.

8. In 1974, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals steals his 700th base.

9. In 1988, The South African government bans the anti-apartheid film “Cry Freedom”.

10. In 1991, Bernard A. Harris, Jr. A Physician, becomes a full-fledged astronaut. Harris, who will join NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1987 as a clinical scientist and flight surgeon, is now eligible for future flight assignments.

11. In 1996, Carl Lewis wins the gold medal in the long jump, becoming only the fifth Olympian to win gold medals in four straight games.

12. In 2003, A Superior Court judge declared a deadlocked jury in a police brutality case against a white former officer and the case was dismissed. Inglewood Officer Jeremy Morse punched and slammed Donovan Jackson, a handcuffed black teenager, onto a squad car during a videotaped arrest. The jury deliberated more than three days without reaching a verdict. Later the cops sued the city, and on January 18, a few days after Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a Superior Court jury gave $2.4 million to the two officers.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 29

1. George (little Chocolate) Dixon, was the first black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion. George was born in Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Known as “Little Chocolate”, he stood 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) tall and weighed only 87 pounds (39 kg) when he began his professional boxing career.

2. Chester Bomar Himes, writer. His works include “If He Hollers Let Him Go” and a series of Harlem Detective novels. In 1958 he won France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière; two of his novels were made into feature films: Cotton Comes to Harlem directed by Ossie Davis in 1970 and A Rage in Harlem starring Gregory Hines and Danny Glover in 1991.

3. Charlie Christian, an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique combined with amplification helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument.

4. Flo Hyman, She was an African American athlete specializing in volleyball.

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.

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