May 11: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: John Whitehead
1892: Jockey Alonzo ‘Lonnie’ Clayton, age 15, became the youngest rider to win the Kentucky Derby.
1895: William Grant Still was born. He was a classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions and often referred to as ‘the Dean’ of African American composers. (Died: 1978)
1933: Happy Birthday to the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan who turns 81 today.
1963: Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama disrupted nonviolence in the Birmingham campaign and precipitated a crisis involving federal troops
1968: The 1st phase of the ‘Poor People’s Campaign’ began with 9 caravans of poor people arriving in Washington, DC.
1970: Happy Birthday to politician Harold Ford who turns 44 today.
1970: Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges passed away at age 63.
1975: Happy Birthday to actor & producer Coby Bell who turns 39 today.
1976: The Will Marion Cook House in NYC was declared a National Historic Landmark.
1976: The home of Madam C.J. Walker in New York was designated a National Historic Landmark.
1981: Reggae Superstar Bob Marley passed away at age 36.
1981: Hoyt William Fuller, editor, critic, and leading figure in the Black Arts Movement passed away.
1985: ‘You Give Good Love’ by Whitney Houston charted becoming her 1st number one.
1986: Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard passed away. He was the 1st African American head coach in the NFL. Sportswriter Walter Camp ranked Pollard as “one of the greatest runners these eyes have ever seen.”
1988: Happy Birthday to rapper Ace Hood who turns 26 today.
1989: Happy Birthday to NFL Quarterback Cam Newton who turns 25 today.
1996: NFL player Rodney Culver & his wife Karen both died when ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades killing all 110 people aboard.
2004: Singer, songwriter & record producer John Whitehead passed away at age 55.
2006: Olympic Gold medal Heavyweight Champion boxer Floyd Patterson passed away at age 71.
2011: Jazz trumpeter Snooky Young passed away at age 92.
2011: NBA player Robert DeShaun ‘Tractor’Traylor passed away at age 34 from an apparent heart attack.