May 31st in Black History
FEATURED: Chuck Berry
1909: The NAACP held its first conference in NYC. Over 300 blacks and whites attended. Ida B. Wells was a keynote speaker.
1921: The Tulsa Race riot took place. It is considered to be the worst in American history.
1924: Trailblazer & politician Patricia Harris was born. (Died: 1985)
1931: Operatic mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett was born. (Died: 2010)
1954: Actress & singer Vicki Sue Robinson was born. (Died: 2000)
1961: Chuck Berry opened his own amusement park outside St. Louis called Berry Park.
1963: Wesley Willis was born. He was a singer-songwriter and visual artist from Chicago. He is best known for his simple but unique music that featured his humorous, bizarre, and frequently obscene lyrics. (Died: 2003)
1964: Happy Birthday to Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels who turns 52 today.
1967: Gifted composer, pianist & arranger Billy Strayhorn passed away.
1970: Wilson Pickett charted with ‘Born to Be Wild’ his 25th hit.
1972: Happy Birthday to Jazz bassist Christian McBride who turns 42 today.
1986: #1 R&B song – ‘On My Own’ by Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald.
1987: Happy Birthday to actor Curtis Williams who turns 27 today.
1995: Luther Vandross performed at the Summer Pops bowl Amphitheater in Sand Diego, CA.
2000: Johnnie Taylor, “The Philosopher of Soul” passed away.
2006: Songwriter Lula Mae Hardaway passed away. She was also Stevie Wonder’s mom. She co-wrote “I Was Made to Love Her” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” with Stevie.