May 3rd in Black History:
FEATURED: Nina Mae McKinney (Photo: Tumblr)
1845: Macon B. Allen became the 1st African American lawyer to be admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. One year prior, he was admitted to the bar in Maine.
1920: John Aaron Lewis was born. He was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger best known as the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet. (Died: 2001).
1921: Boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson was born. (Died: 1989)
1926: Jazz trombonist Jimmy Cleveland was born. (Died: 2008)
1933: Grandfather of Soul, James Brown, was born. He was a Musician, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer, Bandleader, Record Producer and Actor. (Died: 2006)
1953: Ida Gray Nelson Rollins passed away. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree when she graduated from the University of Michigan.
1967: Nina Mae McKinney passed away. She was an actress who worked internationally in theater, film and television after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dubbed “The Black Garbo” in Europe,she was one of the first African-American film stars in the U.S. and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.
1971: Record producer, executive Damon Dash was born.
1972: Mixed martial artist Shonie Carter was born.
1975: Actor Dule Hill was born.
1977: Tyrone Jamar Lue was born. He is a former professional basketball player and current assistant coach with the Boston Celtics of the NBA.
1981: Actress & Singer Farrah Destiny Franklin was born. She is a former member of Destiny’s Child.
1992: Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles leaving 53 people dead.
2004: CBRL Group, Inc. said its Cracker Barrel Unit entered an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to take steps to end alleged racial discrimination at its restaurants.
2006: Earl Woods, father of Tiger, passed away.
2007: Gospel singer J. Robert Bradley passed away at age 87. His deep, swooping, octave-leaping voice and charismatic presence made him one of the most important figures in gospel music.
2012: Lloyd Brevett passed away. He was a Jamaican double bassist, songwriter, and a founding member of The Skatalites. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was a Rastafarian, and a brother of The Melodians member, Tony Brevett.