September 13: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Tupac Shakur
1885: Alain Locke was born. He was a writer, philosopher, educator and patron of the arts. He died in 1954 at age 68.
1926: Andrew Brimmer was born. He was a was a noted United States economist, academic, and business leader who was the first African American to have served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System. He died in 2012 at age 86.
1931: Adrienne Kennedy was born. She was a playwriter and professor and was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement in the 60s and 70s. She is 82 today.
1932: Eddie ‘Bongo’ Brown was born. He played congas, bongos, the gourd and claves for Motown Records’ in-house Funk Brothers band. He passed in 1984, aged 52.
1939: Gene Page was born. He was an influential conductor, composer, arranger and record producer most active from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s. He passed in 1998, aged 58.
1947: Geronimo Pratt was born. He was a high-ranking member of the Black Panther Party. At the time of his death he was working as a human rights activist. He was also Godfather to Tupac Shakur. He died in 2011 at age 63.
1948: Nell Carter was born. She was a Tony Award winning actress and singer. She passed away in 2003, aged 54.
1953: Iyanla Vanzant was born. She is an inspirational speaker, New Thought spiritual teacher, author, and television personality. She turns 60 today.
1964: Martha & the Vandellas, the Supremes, the Temptations, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Ronettes, and the Shangri-Las, among others, performed in Murray the K’s ten-day rock ‘n’ Roll Spectacular at the Brooklyn Fox Theater.
1964: Tavis Smiley was born. He is a talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist He turns 49 today.
1967: Michael Johnson was born. He is a retired American sprinter. He won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals. He turns 46 today.
1969: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Gene Vincent, and the Doors appeared at the Toronto Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Concert.
1969: Tyler Perry was born. He is an actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. He turns 44 today.
1975: “How Long (Betcha’ Got a Chick on the Side)” by the Pointer Sisters was the number one song this day.
1984: Titus Turner passed away at age 51. He was an R&B & East Coast blues singer and songwriter.
1985: Tina Turner won the Best Female Video trophy at the second annual MTV Music Video Awards, held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, for “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” The famine-relief recording “We Are the World” by USA for Africa won best Group Video and Viewer’s Choice awards.
1986: Lavert’s ”Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind” reached #1 R&B. It would be the first of five R&B #1s for the trio, which contained two sons (Gerald and Sean) of O’Jays’ lead singer Eddie O’Jay. They would not come close to beating their dad’s record of ten #1s with his group.
1989: Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.
1992: Michael Jackson performed at the famous Hippodrome in Paris, France.
1992: James Ingram and Patti Austin performed on PBS-TV’s Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
1996: Tupac Shakur died this day at age 25, six days after being shot multiple times in a drive-by. He was a rapper, actor, record producer, poet, screenwriter, activist and writer.
1997: Prince was the featured artist on The Muppets Tonight season opener on the Disney Channel.
1998: Lenny Kravitz performed on tour with Sean Lennon, son of Beatle John Lennon, at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, WA.
2000: Selma, AL businessman James Perkins defeated white incumbent Joe Smitherman for Mayor.
2009: Sarah E. Wright passed away at age 80. She was a writer living in Manhattan whose first novel, This Child’s Gonna Live (1969), was among the first to explore the black experience from a woman’s perspective. Wright left behind a box containing the manuscript of an unfinished novel, the second installment in a planned trilogy.