March 30th in Black History
1870: The 15th Amendment ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to African Americans.
1941: National Urban League presented a one hour program over a national radio network and urged equal participation for Blacks in national defense programs.
1957: ‘I’m Walkin’ by Fats Domino was the No. 1 R&B song.
1962: MC Hammer was born
1963: ‘He’s So Fine’ by the Chiffons soared to No. 1.
1964: Tracy Chapman was born.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed ‘Purple Haze’ on British TV’s Top of the Pops show.
1988: Gladys Knight & the Pips were honored with the Heritage Award at the Annual Soul Train Awards.
1989: Gladys Knight performed solo for the 1st time since grammar school.
1996: Ron & Ernie Isley along with R Kelly peaked at #4 with ‘Down Low.’