May 6: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Willie Mays
1787: Prince Hall founded the first Black Masonic Lodge in Boston.
1816: The American Bible Society was founded by people who were committed to the word of God and to the end of slavery.
1931: Happy Birthday to baseball great Willie Mays was who turns 83 today.
1953: Happy Birthday to award winning actress Lynn Whitfield who turns 61 today.
1960: Sam Cooke performed at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC.
1972: #1 Song – ‘The First Time’ by Roberta Flack.
1983: Happy Birthday to actress Gabourey Sidibe who turns 31 today.
1985: Happy Birthday to NBA point guard Chris Paul who turns 29 today.
1990: Aaron Neville performed at the Jazz & Heritage Festival’s 21st annual show in New Orleans.
1987: Happy Birthday to rapper & songwriter Meek Mill who turns 27 today.
1992: Whitney Houston performed on her 1st network TV special “Whitney Houston – This is My Life’ on ABC.
1994: Blues singer, songwriter & guitarist Cool Papa Sadler passed away.
1997: George Clinton & the Parliament/Funkadelic Army was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2002: Singer, songwriter pianist Otis Blackwell passed away. Throughout his lifetime he composed more than a thousand songs, garnering worldwide sales of close to 200 million records.
2007: Boogie-woogie & blues pianist ‘Big’ Joe Duskin passed away.
2009: Pop singer Viola Wills passed away. She was discovered by Barry White and later worked with Smokey Robinson and Joe Cocker before landing a hit of her own ‘Gonna Get Along Wtihout You now’ and earned the title ‘Disco Diva’ in both the US and UK.
2013: Alyne Payton passed away at age 87. She was the mother of the late NFL Hall of Fame running back Chicago Bear’s star Walter Payton.