William Felton "Bill" Russell
NBA Legend Bill Russell Became First Black Coach In Pro Sports 46 Years Ago Today
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The 1968-69 season would be Russell’s last, and he capped it by winn ...
Posted Tuesday, March 28th 2023 at 8:47AM
William Harvey Carney (February 29, 1840 – December 9, 1908) was an American soldier during the American Civil War. Born enslaved, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900 for his gallantry in saving the regimental colors during the Battle of Fort W ...
Posted Tuesday, March 28th 2023 at 8:33AM
On March 27, 1944 the first African American to serve as United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown was born in Detroit, Michigan.
After being appointed by President Bill Clinton, Brown served as Secretary of Veterans ...
Posted Monday, March 27th 2023 at 2:11PM
Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by Guinness World Records, she is noted for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, improvisation ...
Posted Monday, March 27th 2023 at 12:56PM
Sarah Lois Vaughan (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer.
Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One", she won two Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and was nominated for a total of nine Grammy Awards. She ...
Posted Monday, March 27th 2023 at 12:19PM
Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, who became Motown's most successful act during the 1960s and one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all t ...
Posted Sunday, March 26th 2023 at 3:13PM
William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. (October 23, 1810 – May 18, 1848) was one of the earliest biracial-black U.S. citizens in California and one of the founders of the city that became San Francisco. A highly successful, enterprising businessman, he w ...
Posted Sunday, March 26th 2023 at 3:04PM
This Day in Black History: March 25, 1983
The Motown family conducted a bittersweet reunion performance for its 25th anniversary on March 25, 1983.
It was a glittering reunion of some of the most prominent figures in the American music industry o ...
Posted Saturday, March 25th 2023 at 5:44PM
Haywood Knowles Nelson Jr. (born March 25, 1960) is an American actor. He is best known for having portrayed Dwayne Nelson in the television series What's Happening!!, which aired from 1976 to 1979, as well as in its spin-off series What's Happeni ...
Posted Saturday, March 25th 2023 at 5:34PM
Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", she has twice been placed ninth in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". With global sales of ...
Posted Saturday, March 25th 2023 at 5:21PM
Dorothy Irene Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an African American civil rights and women's rights activist. She focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Height is credited ...
Posted Friday, March 24th 2023 at 10:46AM
Halle Maria Berry (/ˈhæli/; born Maria Halle Berry; August 14, 1966) is an American actress. She began her career as a model and entered several beauty contests, finishing as the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and coming in sixth in the ...
Posted Friday, March 24th 2023 at 10:31AM
This Day in Black History: March 22, 1873
On March 22, 1873, slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.
On March 22, 1873, the Spanish legislature passed a law abolishing slavery in the colony of Puerto Rico.
The decree mandated that although slave ...
Posted Wednesday, March 22nd 2023 at 8:29AM
Arthur Winston (March 22, 1906 – April 13, 2006) was a Los Angeles Metro employee for 76 years. He is best known for being honored as the "Employee of the Century" by the U.S. Department of Labor for his unparalleled reliability.
Posted Wednesday, March 22nd 2023 at 8:22AM
Shannon and Shannade Clermont
Born: March 21, 1994
Shannon and Shannade Clermont sometimes called the Clermont twins, are American models, fashion designers, and television personalities. They received media attention from their appearances on t ...
Posted Tuesday, March 21st 2023 at 2:03PM
Ananda Lewis (born March 21, 1973) is an American television host, carpenter, former model, and social activist. She was an MTV veejay from the late 1990s until 2001, when she left the network to host her own broadcast syndicated television talk show ...
Posted Tuesday, March 21st 2023 at 7:28AM
James Franklin Baskett (February 16, 1904 – July 9, 1948) was an American actor who portrayed Uncle Remus, singing the song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" in the 1946 Disney feature film Song of the South.
In recognition of his portrayal of Remus, he was giv ...
Posted Tuesday, March 21st 2023 at 7:20AM
This Day in Black History: March 20, 1957
Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 20, 1957.
Vanessa Bell Calloway has performed in numerous television programs and films, but began her career as a dancer in the origina ...
Posted Monday, March 20th 2023 at 5:54PM
Willie Lewis Brown, Jr.
One of America's most successful African American politicians, former Speaker of the California State Assembly and mayor of San Francisco, Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. was born on March 20, 1934 in Mineola, Texas. Brown would mo ...
Posted Monday, March 20th 2023 at 12:15PM
Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American filmmaker and actor. Lee's work has continually explored race relations, issues within the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other po ...
Posted Monday, March 20th 2023 at 7:39AM
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (born Rosetta Nubin, March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer and guitarist. She gained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and elec ...
Posted Monday, March 20th 2023 at 7:32AM
Jan Matzeliger was an inventor of Surinamese and Dutch descent best known for patenting the shoe lasting machine, which made footwear more affordable.
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Who Was Jan Matzeliger?
Jan Matzeliger settled in the ...
Posted Sunday, March 19th 2023 at 8:45AM
Loretta Mary Aiken (March 19, 1894 – May 23, 1975), known by her stage name Jackie "Moms" Mabley, was an American stand-up comedian and actress. Mabley began her career on the theater stage in the 1920s and became a veteran entertainer of the Chit ...
Posted Sunday, March 19th 2023 at 7:53AM
Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter.
A major figure in the development of soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, many of which crossed over to the Billboard Hot ...
Posted Saturday, March 18th 2023 at 12:09PM
Charley Frank Pride (March 18, 1934 – December 12, 2020) was an American singer, guitarist, and professional baseball player. His greatest musical success came in the early to mid-1970s, when he was the best-selling performer for RCA Records since El ...
Posted Saturday, March 18th 2023 at 11:56AM