April 27: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Cory Booker
1882: Editor, poet, essayist and novelist Jessie Fauset was born. She was the editor of the NAACP magazine The Crisis. She also was the editor and co-author for the African American children’s magazine Brownies’ Book. (Died: 1961).
1903: ‘The Souls of Black Folks’ by W.E.B. DuBois was published.
1903: Maggie L. Walker was named President of Richmond’s St. Luke Bank & Trust Co.
1906: Alice Dunnigan was born. She was a journalist, civil rights activist and author and the 1st African-American female correspondent to receive White House credentials, and the 1st black female member of the Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. (Died: 1983).
1927: Civil Rights activist Coretta Scott King was born (Died: 2006).
1938: Dr. Vincent Porter became the 1st certified plastic surgeon.
1944: Cuba Gooding, Sr. was born.
1945: Pulitzer Prize recipient August Wilson was born (Died: 2005).
1947: R&B singer/songwriter Ann Peeples was born.
1952: NBA player George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin was born.
1957: #1 R&B song – ‘Lucille’ by Little Richard.
1963: ‘Take These Chains from My Heart’ by Ray Charles was released.
1968: ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’ by Marvin Gaye released.
1969: Politician & Mayor of New Jersey Cory Booker was born.
1990: B.B. King was hospitalized due to diabetes-related problems.
1993: A plane carrying all the members of the Zambia Nat’l football team and several coached crashed killing all 30 passengers, including 18 players and a number of coaches.
1994: The 1st democratic general election in South Africa took place in which black citizens could vote.