November 6: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Juanita Hall
1746: Absalom Jones was born. He was the 1st African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in the US. He passed in 1818, aged 72.
1814: Williams Wells Brown was born. He was an abolitionist, lecturer, novelist, playwright & Historian.
1880: George Poage was born. He was the 1st African American athlete to win a medal in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. He passed in 1962, aged 82.
1884: Williams Wells Brown passed away on his birthday, aged 70. His Novel Clotel is considered the 1st novel published by an African American.
1888: Robert N. Hyde received a patent for a Composition for Cleaning and Preserving Carpets.
1900: James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson composed the song “Life Ev’ry Voice & Sing.”
1901: Broadway performer Juanita Hall was born. She was the 1st African American to win a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress as Bloody Mary in South Pacific. She passed in 1968, aged 66.
1920: James Weldon Johnson became the 1st Black executive Secretary of the NAACP.
1920: W.E.B. Du Bois received the Spingarn Medal for the founding and calling of the Pan African Congress.
1937: Eugene Pitt turns 76 today. He is a singer and founding member of the Jive Five.
1943: “Don’t Cry Baby” by Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra was the number one R&B song this day.
1943: Eloise Laws turns 70 today. She is a Jazz & R&B vocalist and actress of stage.
1954: B.B. King charted R&B with “You Upsets Me Baby,” becoming his fourth #1.
1961: The Chantels’ “Well, I Told You” featuring Richard Barrett was issued on this day.
1962: A European tour called the American Folk Blues Festival began at the Kongress Halle in Frankfurt, West Germany, and included T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, and Memphis Slim.
1962: Apartheid: The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and calls for all UN member states to cease military and economic relations with the nation.
1964: Corey Glover turns 49 today. He is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor. He was also the lead singer of the band Living Colour.
1965: Clarence Williams passed away, aged 72. He was a jazz pianist, composer, promoter, singer, publisher & theatrical producer.
1966: Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid turns 47 today. She is a singer, songwriter and creator & ex-manager of TLC.
1971: Isaac Hayes’ soundtrack album from the movie Shaft hit #1 pop and #2 R&B. The album was performed and composed by Isaac and would be is only #1
1972: Thandie Newton turns 41 today. She is an award winning British actress.
1973: The Spingarn Medal was presented to Wilson C. Riles, superintendent of public instruction, CA in recognition of the stature he has attained as a national leader in the field of education.
1976: Benjamin Hooks Federal Communications Commission member was named to succeed Roy Wilkins as Executive Director of the NAACP.
1981: Charles Fuller’s ‘Soldier’s Play’ premiered in New York City.
1982: ‘Sexual Healing’ by Marvin Gaye charted and stayed an astounding 10 weeks on the charts.
1982: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five’s “The Message” reached #62 pop and #4 R&B while attaining gold status in less than a month.
1982: Donna Summer led an all-star backup group of Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Ingram, Lionel Richie, and Kenny Loggins in the “State of Independence” single.
1990: Sharon Pratt Dixon was elected mayor of Washington, D.C., making this a first for a woman of any race.
1997: Janet Jackson was honored as the Best Female Artist at MTV’s European awards in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1998: While performing at Denver’s Mile High Stadium, Rick James suffered the popping of a blood vessel. After leaving the stage to regroup for a few minutes, he came back, finished his set and then went to the hospital.
2008: G. Larry James passed away, aged 61. He was an athlete who won gold and silver medals in track in the 1968 Olympics. He was Athletic Director at Richard Stockton College (NJ) for 28 years.
2008: Philip Reed passed away at age 59. He was a former elevator salesman who became a champion of housing and health issues as an openly gay, HIV-positive member of the New York City Council (1997-2005).