May 16: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Stokely Carmichael
1826: John Russwurm became the 1st African American College graduate in recorded history receiving his degree from Bowdoin College in Maine.
1929: Grammy award winner Betty Carter, hall of fame jazz singer, was born. She passed away in 1998.
1929: Happy Birthday to Congressman & co-founder of the CBC John Conyers, Jr. who turns 85 today.
1964: Actor, talk show host & retired NBA Player John Thomas Salley was born. He was the 1st player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises.
1966: Happy Birthday to Grammy Award winning singer and actress Janet Jackson who turns 48 today.
1966: Stokely Carmichael was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
1968: Happy Birthday to R&B singer, actor & producer Ralph Tresvant who turns 46 today.
1969: W.C. Handy was the 1st Black Blues musician on a postage stamp.
1973: Happy Birthday to rapper & actor Special Ed who turns 42 today.
1975: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, dancer, producer, and activist B. Slade who turns 39 today.
1975: Lawrence Wendell Bottoms became the 1st Black moderator of the Presbyterian Church.
1979: Civil rights & labor union leader A. Philip Randolph passed away.
1981: #1 R&B song – ‘A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) by Rayper Jr. & Raydio.
1990: Entertainer, singer & actor Sammy Davis, Jr. passed away.
1991: Ray Charles became one of the first celebrities to be enshrined at the Atlanta Celebrity Walk.
1992: Stevie Wonder began his European Natural Wonder tour in Switzerland.
1993: Singer, songwriter & pianist Marv Johnson passed away.
2010: Henry “Hank” Jones, hall of fame jazz pianist, bandleader and composer, passed away.
2012: Chuck Brown, guitarist and singer who was affectionately called “the Godfather of Go-go” passed away at age 75.