Janaury 6: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Lou Rawls
1867: The Peabody Fund was established to provide funding for construction, endowments, scholarships, teachers & education for newly freed slaves.
1874: Congressman Robert Brown Elliot delivered one of the most eloquent speeches of the times in defense of Charles Sumner’s civil rights bill.
1884: Harry Pace was born. he was a music publisher, insurance executive & founder of Black Swan Records. He passed in 1943.
1937: R&B singer & songwriter Doris Troy was born. She passed in 2004, aged 67.
1940: Van McCoy was born. He was an accomplished musician, record producer, arranger, songwriter, and orchestra conductor. He died of a heart attack in 1979 when is was 39 years old.
1947: Happy Birthday to singer Shirley Brown who turns 67 today.
1948: Ensign Edith DeVoe and 1st Lt. Nancy C. Leftenant became the Armed Services 1st Black members.
1958: Happy Birthday to Kathy Sledge who turns 56 today.
1964: Happy Birthday to Pro Wrestler Jacqueline Moore. She turns 50 today.
1968: Happy Birthday to director John Singleton who turns 46 today.
1968: Happy Birthday to bassist, singer & songwriter Muzz Skillings who turns 46 today.
1981: Playwright, filmmaker, poet, essayist Larry Neal passed away, aged 44.
1982: Happy Birthday to pro B-baller Gilbert Arenas who turns 32 today.
1982: Happy Birthday to actress Tiffany Pollard. She turns 32 today.
1993: Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie passed away. He was 75.
1993: Happy Birthday to Tavares Taylor aka ‘Lil Reese’ who turns 21 today.
1991: Happy Birthday to Mike Jones who turns 33 today.
1996: Happy Birthday to Ray Ray (Mindless Behavior) who turns 18 today.
2002: Johnnie Mae Matthews, ‘Godmother of Detroit Soul’ passed away, aged 79.
2003: Mamie Till Mobley (mother of Emmett Till) passed away. She was 81.
2005: Long over due: Edgar Ray Killen was arrested for the murders of three civil rights workers: James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner.
2006: Grammy Award winning singer Lou Rawls passed away, aged 72.
2009: Founding member of the Swan Silvertones, Rev. Claude Jeter, passed away. He was 94.
2011: Former British boxing champion Gary Mason was killed in a cycling accident. He was 48 years old.
2011: Former footballer & World Cup winner Uche Okafor committed suicide by hanging. He was 43 years old.