January 5: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Alvin Ailey
1911: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was founded on the campus of Indiana University.
1926: Hosea Williams was born. He was a civil rights leader, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician who was famously a part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle. He passed in 2000.
1929: Chicago Blues Musician Rockin’ Tabby Thomas turns 85 today!
1931: Award winning Choreographer & activist Alvin Ailey was born. He passed away in 1989, aged 58.
1943: William H. Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigned to protest segregation and discrimination in armed forces.
1943: Scientist & inventor George Washington Carver passed away.
1943: George Washington Carver Day is Celebration in recognition of the great Scientist & inventor.
1944: Swamp Pop legend Lil’ Alfred was born. He passed away in 2006.
1948: Actor Ted Lange turns 66 today. He starred on the show ‘The Love Boat’ as Isaac the bartender for a decade.
1969: Happy Birthday to Comedian & Actor Guy Torry who turns 45 today.
1975: Happy Birthday to Warrick Dunn who turns 39 today. Three time Pro Bowl running back who ran for over 10,000 in the NFL.
1979: Jazz double bassist, composer & bandleader Charles Mingus,Jr. passed. He was 56 years old.
1981: Actress Brooklyn Sudano turns 33 today!
1993: Happy Birthday to De’Anthony Thomas, star running back for the University of Oregon. He turns 21!
2008: Jazz singer & Broadway actress Irene Reid passed away. She was 77.
2010: Record producer Willie Mitchell passed away. He was 81 years old.
2011: Painter, poet & politician Malangatana Ngwenya passed away, aged 74.
2012: Rasul (Rocky) Clark passed away, aged 27. He was a former suburban Chicago high school football player paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a game in 2000.
2012: Joe Clarke passed away, aged 75. He founded the Watts Magicians travel team and inspired dozens of boys and girls to try to reach their basketball dreams on and off the court.
2012: Civil rights activist & educator Geraldine Washington passed away, aged 81.
2013: Arena Football League player Chandler Williams passed away during a flag football tournament. He was 27.