May 1st in Black History
FEATURED: Marvin Gaye (Photo: AP)
1884: Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a pro baseball game in the U.S. In 1889, when professional baseball erected a color barrier that stood for nearly 60 years he became a businessman and advocate of Black nationalism.
1901: Poet, writer & teacher Sterling Allen Brown born (Died: 1989).
1915: Athlete & teacher Archie Williams was born. He took home Gold for the 400 meter run at 1936 Summer Olympics. (Died: 1993)
1924: R&B singer & pianist Big Maybelle was born. Her 1956 hit single ‘Candy’ received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. (Died: 1972)
1934: Jazz singer & pianist Shirley Horn was born (Died: 2005).
1939: Max Robinson was born. He was the 1st African American broadcast network news anchor in the US. (Died: 1988)
1944: R&B – Funk singer Marva Whitney was born. (Died: 2012)
1950: Poet Gwendolyn Brooks became the 1st black awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry ‘Annie Allen.’
1954: Singer/songwriter, producer & guitarist Ray Parker, Jr. was born.
1965: The Supremes ‘Back in My Arms Again’ was released.
1973: ‘Marvin Gaye Day’ was declared in Washington, D.C.
1976: Film/television actor and singer Darius McCrary was born.
1985: Actress Drew Sidora was born.
1989: Police in California were called to a jewelry store after employees reported a suspicious-looking person, who turned out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
1992: Can we all get along? Rodney King’s appeal for calm on the 3rd day of the LA riots.
1998: Writer and early leader of the Black Panther Party Eldridge Cleaver passed away.
2001: A jury found KKK member Thomas Blanton, Jr. guilty of four counts of murder and sentenced him to four life sentences for the 1963 church bombing that killed Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
2003: Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure.