May 19th in Black History
FEATURED: Malcolm X
1925: Malcolm X was born. He was a human rights activist, Muslim minister and considered one of the greatest and most influential blacks in history. (Died: 1965)
1930: Playwright, writer, director and activist Lorraine Hansberry was born. She died of pancreatic cancer at age 34 in 1965.
1948: Singer-songwriter, actress & entertainer Grace Jones was born.
1960: Ben E. King recorded his last two songs with the Drifters before going solo.
1962: #1 song – ‘Soldier Boy’ by the Shirelles.
1965: President Lyndon Johnson chose Patricia Harris to become the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. She was the first African American woman named as an American envoy.
1968: The Fifth Dimension performed ‘Stone Soul Picnic’ on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969: Coleman Hawkins one of the 1st prominent jazz musicians passed away at age 64.
1973: ‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’ by Stevie Wonder went to #1 on the Pop Chart & #3 on the R&B chart.
1976: Kevin Garnett was born. NBA player drafted out of High School. In 2000 his team won Olympic Gold.
1984: On the 3rd anniversary of his death, Island Records issued the Boy Marley compilation album ‘Legend’ and it reached #1 in Britain and stayed on the charts for 129 weeks.
1991: Willy T. Ribbs qualified as a driver for the Indianapolis 500.
2003: Rapper Camouflage was gunned down outside a recording studio. He was only 21 years old.
2006: The University of San Francisco gave an honorary degree to its undefeated 1951 football team. This tribute was for a game never played. The team sacrificed glory for honor when during an era of segregation, they refused to leave the two black players behind.
2012: NBA player Bob Boozer passed away. He won gold in the 1960 Summer Olympics.