May 4th in Black History:
FEATURED: Ella Fitzgerald (Photo: AP)
1880: Richard Samuel Roberts was born. (Died: 1936) He was a still photographer and photographed realistic images of the Black South.
1938: Award winning R&B/Soul singer Tyrone Davis was born. (Died: 2005).
1942: Legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford was born. (Died: 2011).
1950: Former actor turned pastor Hilly Gene Hicks was born.
1951: Singer, musician & member the Jackson 5, Jackie Jackson was born.
1959: The 1st Grammy Awards were held to recognize musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958 and jazz singer Ella Fitgerald took home two.
1961: The Freedom Riders, organized by CORE left Washington DC to begin a bus trip through the South by Greyhound bus soon after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in interstate transportation terminals.
1962: Gospel, jazz, soul singer and pianist Oleta Adams was born.
1968: #1 R&B Song – ‘I Got the Feelin’ by James Brown.
1970: Three-time Olympian, professional basketball player & coach Dawn Staley was born. She was elected to carry the U.S. flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
1985: The Apollo Theater reopened after a renovation that cost around 10.4 million.