May 3: This Day 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.
1907: Actor Canada Lee was born. He was also a champion of civil rights in the 1930s & 40s. He died of a heart attack at age 45.
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.
1963: The police force in Birmingham, Alabama switched tactics and responded with violent force to stop the “Birmingham campaign” protesters. Images of the violent suppression were transmitted worldwide, bringing new-found attention to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
1967: Nina Mae McKinney passed away. She was an actress who worked internationally in theatre, 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: Happy Birthday to record producer, executive Damon Dash who turns 42 today.
1972: Happy Birthday to mixed martial artist Shonie Carter who turns 42 today.
1975: Happy Birthday to actor Dulé Hill who turns 39 today.
1977: Happy Birthday to Tyronn Jamar Lue who turns 37 today. He is a former professional basketball player and current assistant coach with the Boston Celtics of the NBA.
1981: Happy Birthday to actress, Singer & songwriter Farrah Franklin who turns 33 today. 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 brother of The Melodians member, Tony Brevett.
2013: Jamaican saxophonist and flautist Cedric Brooks passed away. He was 70 year s old.