January 11: This Day in Black History
FEATURED: Katie Webster
1880: Gospel singer, songwriter & musician Washington Phillips was born. He passed away in 1954, aged 74.
1892: William D. McCoy of Indiana was appointed minister to Liberia.
1924: Blues musician & master of the blues harmonica Slim Harpo was born. He died of a heart attack in 1970, aged 46.
1930: Lula Mae Hardaway was born. She was Stevie Wonders’ mom and co-wrote several songs with him including ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Your’ in which she was nominated for a Grammy in 1970. She passed in 2006, aged 76.
1936: Boogie-woogie pianist Katie Webster was born. She passed away in 1999, aged 63 of heart failure.
1936: Charles Anderson was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives.
1942: Saxophonist Clarence Clemons was born. He passed away in 2011, aged 69.
1957: Happy Birthday to retired NBA great Darryl Dawkins who turns 57 today.
1961: Two black students Charlayne Hunter & Hamilton HOlmes were suspended from the University of Georgia but a federal court ordered them reinstated.
1962: Happy Birthday to actress & comedienne Kim Coles who turns 52 today.
1970: Happy Birthday to actor Malcolm D. Lee who turns 44 today.
1971: Happy Birthday to Grammy winning singer Mary J. Blige who turns 43 today.
1973: Happy Birthday to actor Rockmond Dunbar who turns 41 today.
1974: Happy Birthday to actor Rahsaan Patterson who turns 40 today.
1977: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter & actress Nadia Turner who turns 37 today.
1978: Happy Birthday to soccer player Emile Heskey who turns 36 today.
1981: Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, actress Jamelia who turns 33 today.
1985: Reuben V. Anderson was appointed as judge on the Mississippi Supreme Court, becoming the 1st African American to do so.
1993: Happy Birthday Lil Twist who turns 21 today.
2004: ‘Tuba Fats’ real name Anthony Lacen passed away. He was a New Orleans jazz & blues tuba player & band leader for over 40 years.
2013: Gordon Chavunduka passed away, aged 82. He was an academic, author, sociologist, and politician, leader of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association.