May 4: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Nick Ashford
1880: Richard Samuel Roberts was born. (Died: 1936) He was a still photographer and photographed realistic images of the Black South.
1938: Award winning R&B/Soul singer Tyrone Davis was born. (Died: 2005).
1942: Legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford was born. (Died: 2011).
1950: Happy Birthday to former actor turned pastor Hilly Gene Hicks who turns 64 today.
1951: Happy Birthday to singer & musician Jackie Jackson who turns 63 today.
1959: The 1st Grammy Awards were held to recognize musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1958 and jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald took home two.
1961: The Freedom Riders, organized by CORE left Washington DC to begin a bus trip through the South by Greyhound bus soon after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in interstate transportation terminals.
1962: Happy Birthday to gospel, jazz, soul singer and pianist Oleta Adams who turns 61 today.
1965: Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics was honored as NBA’s most valuable player for the 4th time in five years.
1968: #1 R&B Song – ‘I Got the Feelin’ by James Brown.
1970: Happy Birthday to three-time Olympian, professional basketball player & Coach Dawn Staley who turns 44 today. She was elected to carry the U.S. flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
1985: The Apollo Theater reopened after a renovation that cost around 10.4 million.
2013: Civil rights activist Alton T. Lemon passed away at age 84.