May 30th in Black History
FEATURED: B.B. King
1902: Stepin Fetchit was born this day. His real name was Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry. He was an actor, comedian and dancer. He parlayed the Fetchit persona into a successful film career, eventually becoming a millionaire, the first black actor in history to do so. He was also the first black actor to receive a screen credit. (Died: 1985)
1903: Poet & leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance Countee Cullen was born.(Died: 1946)
1910: Olympic Gold medalist & politician Ralph Metcalfe was born. He was known as the world’s fastest human from 1932 – 1934. (Died: 1978)
1943: Civil rights worker James Earl Chaney was born. He along with Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered by the KKK in Mississippi in 1964. He was only 21.
1943: Gale Sayers was born. His friendship with fellow Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo was the basis for the 1971 movie Brian’s Song. He is a successful entrepreneur in the information technology field and an active philanthropist.
1960: #1 R&B song – ‘Doggin Around’ by Jackie Wilson.
1961: Tony Award winning actor Ralph Carter was born.
1964: Dionne Warwick made her debut in England appearing on BBC-TV’s Top of the Pops.
1965: Vivian Malone became the 1st African American student to graduate from the University of Alabama.
1971: Willie Mays scored his 1,950th home run.
1974: Singer/songwriter, pianist, producer Cee Lo Green was born.
1974: Rapper Big L. was born. He was fatally shot in 1999, age 24.
1978: Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was born.
1981: Rapper & songwriter Remy Ma was born.
1990: B.B. King was honored at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 21st annual induction dinner with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
1992: Michael Jackson granted his 1st interview in 6 years with Ebony Magazine.
1993: Poet, musician, bandleader Sun Ra passed away.
2011: Actress Clarice Taylor (The Cosby Show) passed away.