May 5: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Darrin Dewitt Henson
1865: Pastor Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. was born. He was a founder of the Nat’l Urban League, active in the NAACP and served as trustee of several History Black Colleges and Schools. (Died: 1953)
1898: Blues singer & guitarist Blind Willie McTell was born. (Died: 1959)
1905: Robert S. Abbott published the 1st issue of ‘Chicago Defender’ newspaper.
1917: Eugene Jacques Bullard became the 1st African American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service.
1934: R&B, soul & gospel singer Johnnie Taylor was born. (Died: 2000).
1946: Actor, athlete and martial artist Jim Kelly was born. He passed away in 2013, aged 67.
1956: #1 R&B Song – ‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard.
1966: MLB legend Willie Mays broke the national League record for home runs when he hit his 512th homer.
1972: Happy Birthday to Darrin Dewitt Henson who turns 42 today. He is a choreographer, dancer, actor, director and producer.
1983: Singer Clarence Quick passed away. He was bass singer for the Del Vikings and an inductee into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
1985: Happy Birthday to NFL cornerback Terrence Wheatley who turns 29 today.
1989: Happy Birthday to singer, dancer & actor Chris Brown who turns 25 today.
1992: Singer Barbara Alston of the group the Crystals passed away.
2007: Civil rights pioneer Ernest McBride who cofounded the Long Beach chapter of the NAACP passed away.
2007: Emma Culpepper, adoptive mom of QB Daunte Culpepper, passed away at age 92. She raised around 15 children none of them biologically hers. She adopted Daunte when he was one day old.
2009: Writer Elsie B. Washington passed away. Her 1980 book ‘Entwined Destinies’ is widely considered to be the 1st black romance novel. She was 66 years old.
2012: Artist Frederick J. Brown passed away. He explored the relationship between music and painting in portraits of hundreds of jazz & blues artists.
2012: Joseph ‘Sweet Joe’ Russell passed away. He was a tenor who spent 50 years harmonizing with the persuasions, a group widely regarded as the kings of a cappella.