January 8: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Jane Bolin
1867: African American men were granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
1912: The African National Congress was founded with the aid of W.E.B. Du Bois. It began as a nonviolent civil rights organization that worked to promote the interest of Black Africans.
1915: Karamu House was founded in Cleveland, OH. It is the oldest Black Theater Company in America.
1922: Charles Young passed away, aged 57. He was the 1st black to achieve the rank of colonel & highest-racking black officer in the U.S. Army.
1937: Happy Birthday to singer Shirley Bassey who turns 77 today.
1937: Novelist Leon Forest was born. He passed away in 1997, aged 60.
1941: Happy Birthday to Little Anthony, singer & founding member of Little Anthony & the Imperials who turns 73 years old today.
1968: Happy Birthday to Grammy Award winning singer & songwriter R. Kelly who turns 47 today.
1979: Happy Birthday to actor Windell Middlebrooks who turns 65 today.
1981: Matthew Beard Jr. passed away, aged 56. He was a child actor most famous as ‘Stymie’ in Our Gang short films.
1989: The oldest integration lawsuit in the U.S. was settled when the St. Helena Parish Schools were officially integrated. The original suit was filed in 1952 by John Hall & the NAACP
2001: Laura Webb Childress passed away. She was a singer & member of the Bobbettes one of the 1st successful girl groups.
2005: Dancer & choreographer Warren Spears passed away (cancer). He was 50 years old.
2007: Jane Bolin passed away, aged 99. She was the 1st African American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the 1st to join the NYC Bar Association, the 1st to join the NYC Law Department and the 1st black woman to serve as a judge in the U.S.
2008: Clyde Otis passed away, aged 83. He was a songwriter, record producer and one of the 1st black executives at a major record company.
2010: James E. Cheek passed away, aged 77. He was president Howard University (1969-1989).
2011: Manie Barron passed away, aged 55. She was an editor & literary agent who worked on and advocated for books written by blacks through much of a 23-year publishing career.
2012: Jock Smith passed way, aged 63. He was a law partner of the late Johnnie Cochran. He won America’s largest civil verdict in 2004, a $1.6-billion judgment against Southwestern Life Insurance and one of its agents.
2012: Alabama state representative Yvonne Kennedy passed away, aged 67.