May 14th in Black History
FEATURED: Tamara Dobson (Photo: Tumblr)
1890: Rosa Jinsey Young, “the mother of Black Lutheranism in Alabama,” was born in Rosebud, Alabama. She passed in 1971.
1897: Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer, Sidney Bechet, was born. He died on his birthday in 1959 at age 62.
1898: Arthur James “Zutty” Singleton was born. He was an influential early jazz drummer. He passed away in 1975.
1913: Clara Stanton Jones was born. She was the 1st African American president of the American Library Association. (Died: 2012)
1927: Artis Lane was born. She is an award-winning Canadian sculptor and painter.
1928: The Coasters bass singer, Will ‘Dub’ Jones was born. (Died: 2000)
1947: Model & actress Tamara Dodson was born. She passed in 2006.
1961: The Freedom Riders’ bus was fire-bombed near Anniston, AL and the civil rights protesters were beaten by an angry mob.
1963: Tennis great Arthur Ashe, age 22, became the 1st African American to make the U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team.
1966: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, musician & producer Raphael Saadiq who turns 48 today.
1966: Fab Morvan was born. He is a French singer-songwriter, dancer and model. He was half of the pop duo Milli Vanilli, with Rob Pilatus,
1969: John B. McLendon became coach of the Denver Nuggets.
1970: Charles Calvin Rogers received the Congressional Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration from President Richard M. Nixon for his actions during the Vietnam War.
1972: Happy Birthday to rapper Freaky Tah who turns 28.
1973: Happy Birthday to R&B singer Shanice Wilson who turns 41 today.
1977: Happy Birthday to Hip Hop recording artist Pusha T who turns 37 today.
1978: Happy Birthday to NBA player Eddie House who turns 36 today.
1983: #1 R&B song – ‘Candy Girl’ by New Edition.
1984: Michael Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award at the White House from President & Mrs. Reagan. Jackson wore a military-styled uniform jacket to the event, which he asked for and was given by an elevator operator in NYC.
1994: While visiting the Great Wall of China, B.B. King was on hand to open the 1st Hard Rock Cafe in Beijing.
1994: Janet Jackson was the musical guest on SNL.
2009: Jazz pianist Charles ‘Buddy’ Montgomery passed away at age 79.
2013: Former baseball player Stephen Martin, Sr., aged 66, passed away. He was the first black athlete to play any varsity sport in the Southeastern Conference.