August 30: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Chris Lighty
1901: Roy Wilkins was born. He was a prominent civil rights activist and Executive Director of the NAACP. He passed away in 1981 at age 80.
1948: Fred Hampton was born. He was an activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was assassinated while sleeping in his apartment during a raid of the SAO, Chicago PD and the FBI. He was 21 years old.
1953: Robert Parish was born. He is a retired NBA Hall of Famer. He turns 60 today.
1963: New York disc jockey Murray the K held his annual Labor Day spectacular at the Brooklyn Fox Theater, featuring the Miracles, the Chiffons, the Shirelles, the Tymes, the Drifters, Ben E. King, Little Stevie Wonder, jay & the Americans, Randy & the Rainbows, and many others.
1963: After six years of weekday shows, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand held its last weekday shindig and became a Saturday-only affair. The show had been in the forefront of promoting Black artists and their music since its 1957 inception.
1966: Michael Michele was born. She is an actress of film and television. She turns 47 today.
1967: Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
1970: Jimi Hendrix performed at what would be his last British concert when he appeared on-stage at 3:00 a.m. at the Isle of Wright Festival.
1972: Stevie Wonder performed at a benefit for Willowbank Hospital at Madison Square Garden in New York with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
1975: Natalie Cole bounced onto the Hot 100 with “This Will Be” (#6 pop), her first of eighteen hits through 1997.
1983: Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford, Jr. became the first Black astronaut.
1986: ‘Love Zone’ by Billy Ocean was the Number One Song this day.
1988: Papa Dee Allen passed away. He was a member of the group War and was a pianist, vibist and soprano saxophonist. He was 57 years old.
1990: The Neville Brothers performed as guests of their longtime fan Linda Rondstat at her concert at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY.
1994: Gangsta rapper, former member of N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude), and all-around bad influence Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) was sentenced to five months in a Los Angeles jail for violating his probation in a 1992 assault on a TV show host during a brawl.
1997: James Brown performed in Beirut, Lebanon, at the Hotel Albustan. Soon after he would leave for Moscow to perform at the Kremlin Palace.
2012: Chris Lighty was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was a hip-hop manager who helped Sean (“Diddy”) Combs, 50 Cent, and Mariah Carey attain hit records and successful careers outside music. He was 44 years old.
2012: Lucimarian Roberts passed away at age 88. She was the mother of Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts and the first black to head Mississippi’s board of education.