May 2nd in Black History:
FEATURED: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Photo: AP)
1844: Inventor Elijah J. McCoy was born. (Died: 1929)
1879: Educator, orator, religious leader, civil rights activist, feminist and businesswoman Nannie Burroughs was born. (Died: 1961)
1913: Ethiopian golf wiz John Dendy (Died: 1985)
1920: The first game of the Negro National League baseball was played in Indianapolis.
1925: Actor and director Roscoe Lee Brown was born. (Died: 2007)
1954: Singer, songwriter Angela Bofill was born.
1960: Ben E. King left the Drifters and signed a deal with ATCO Records.
1963: In Birmingham, AL, 2,543 Civil Rights demonstrators were arrested.
1972: Dwayne ‘The rock’ Johnson was born.
1994: Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
1999: A meeting between the Rev. Jesse Jackson & Yugoslav President Milosevic led to the release of three US soldiers captured a month earlier by Serbian troops.
2000: Governor Hodges (SC) signed a bill to make the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. an official state holiday. South Carolina was the last state to do so.
2008: Mildred Loving passed away. She challenged Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage that led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws nationwide. Loving and her white husband, Richard, changed history in 1967 when the US Supreme Court upheld their right to marry.
2012: Former NFL star Junior Seau took his life. He was 43 years old.