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Events In African American History For October 19


 

1. In 1870,  Joseph H. Rainey became the first Black member of Congress. A portrait in his honor was finally placed in the U.S. Capitol Building in 2006.

2. In 1894,  Henry Ossawa Tanner wins the Medal of Honor at the Paris Exposition for his paintings. He was the first African-American painter to gain international acclaim for his work. Tanner was born in Pittsburgh. In fact, he eventually moved to Paris because of opposition to black artists in the United States. His most famous painting is “The Banjo Player.”

3. In 1944,  US Navy opened to Black women.

4. In 1998,  Ken Griffey Jr. (Seattle Mariners) Wins his ninth (9th) consecutive gold glove award.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Sept 07


John Merrick1

1. John Merrick, entrepreneur born in Clinton, North Carolina, who founded the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Merrick was born into slavery and raised by a single mother. He began working in business and entrepreneurship early with barbershops, and he involved the community in his businesses. He eventually founded not only the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, but many other companies, such as banks, in the Raleigh-Durham area.

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Jacob Lawrence Painter

1. Jacob Lawrence, painter; he was married to fellow artist Gwendolyn Knight. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism”, though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.

Lawrence is among the best-known twentieth century painters and was only in his twenties when his “Migration Series” made him nationally famous. A part of this series was featured in a 1941 issue of Fortune magazine. The series depicted the epic Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The collection has been split into two parts for public viewing.

Sonny Rollins

2. Theodore Walter (Sonny) Rollins, Blues and Jazz Musician, Jazz saxophonist. Grammy-winning  jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians. A number of his compositions have become jazz standards.

Little Milton

3. James Milton Campbell, Jr., better known as Little Milton, electric blues ,rhythm and blues,  and soul singer and guitarist, best known for his hit records “Grits Ain’t Groceries” and “We’re Gonna Make It.”, “If Walls Could Talk”, “Let’s Get Together”

Latimore

4. Benjamin “Benny” Latimore , Charleston, Tennessee), usually known professionally simply as Latimore, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist.(Let’s Straighten It Out)

Alfa Anderson

5. Alfa Anderson, R&B Singer (Chic), Chic was Disco and R&B band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers and bassist Bernard Edwards. It is best known  for its commercially successful disco songs, including “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” (1977), “Everybody Dance” (1977), “Le Freak” (1978), “I Want Your Love” (1978), “Good Times” (1979), and “My Forbidden Lover” (1979).

Gloria Gaynor

6. Gloria Gaynor,  Songstress, singer, best known for the disco era hits; “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).

7. Michele L. Norris, A radio journalist and current host of the National Public Radio (NPR) evening news program All Things Considered since December 9, 2002. She is the first African American female host for NPR.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For Aug 01


1. Charles Clinton Spaulding, Businessman and was a prominent business leader who founded North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, which became America’s largest black-owned business, with assets of over US$ 40 million at his death.

2. Joseph M. Bartholomew, golfer who specialized in designing golf courses.

3. Benjamin E Mays, activist, clergyman, administrator, educator and former President of Morehouse college Georgia, from 1940 to 1967. He was also a significant mentor to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and was among the most articulate and outspoken critics of segregation before the rise of the modern civil rights movement in the United States.

4. Geoffrey Holder, actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer and voice-over artist.

5. Lucien Edward Blackwell, Representative, 1991–1995, Democrat from Pennsylvania.

6. Ronald H. Brown, First Black Secretary of Commerce

7. Robert Cray, blues guitarist and singer.

8. Chuck D, Rapper from RAP Group Public Enemy (Fight The Power)

9. Coolio, Leon Ivey, Jr, Rapp Artist

10. Tempestt Bledsoe, Actress (Cosby Show)

11. Khamani Griffin, child actor and is best known for playing the voice of Tolee in the Nick Jr show Ni Hao, Kai-Lan.

Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For July 23


1. John Adams Hyman, was a Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina from 1875 to 1877.

2. Louis Tompkins Wright, surgeon noted for his work in Harlem. The Spingarn Medallist played a major role in investigating the use of Aureomycin as a treatment on humans.

3. Haile Selassie I, born Tafari Makonnen, was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The heir to a dynasty that traced its origins to the 13th century, and from there by tradition back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.

4. Norman Wilfred Lewis, an award-winning painter, scholar, and teacher. He is associated with Abstract Expressionism.

5. Steve Lacy, born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, was a jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive Dixieland musician, Lacy went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and dabbled in free improvisation, but Lacy’s music was typically melodic and tightly-structured.

6. Cleve Duncan, The penguins lead singer

7. Eric La Salle, actor and director, known for his portrayals of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America and Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama series ER.

8. Gary Dwayne Payton, nicknamed “The Glove” for his tenacious defense, is a professional basketball player. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics, and holds Seattle franchise records in points, assists, and steals. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, the last with whom he won his only NBA Championship.

9. Marlon Wayons, actor, producer, comedian, writer, and director of movies, beginning with his role as a pedestrian in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. He teamed with his brother, Shawn, in Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, Little Man, and the dance parody film Dance Flick. However, Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, which saw his departure from the usual comedies. He recently appeared in G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

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