On February 27th, 1997, Soul Train host Don Cornelius received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC turns 42 years old today.Rozonda Ocelean Thomas a-k-a Chilli is an American R&B singer, dancer, and actress who rose to fame as one-third of the R&B/hip-hop girl group TLC.
1988 – Debi Thomas 1st Black to win winter Olympic medal
Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.
1964 – Anna Julia Cooper passes
Anna Julia Cooper, champion for the rights of black women, dies at the age of 105.
1942 – Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Journalist Charlayne Hunter was born this day in Due West, South Carolina.
1902 – Marian Anderson born
2/27/1902: On this day Marian Anderson, who will become a world-renowned opera singer and the first African American soloist to perform at hte White House , is born in Philadelphia, PA.
1872 – Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School.
Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.
1869 – John W. Menard speaks in Congress
John W. Menard spoke in Congress in defense of his claim to a contested seat in Louisiana’s Second Congressional District. Congress decided against both claimants. Congressman James A. Garfield of the examining committee said “it was too early to admit a Negro to the U.S. Congress.” Menard was the first Black…
1869 – Congress Adopts 15th Amendmant
Congress adopted the 15th constitutional amendment, making it illegal for the US or any single government to deny or abridge the right to vote “on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.”
1844 – Independence Day for Domincan Republic
Independence Day for Dominican Republic
1833 – First American-born woman to give public lectures
On this day in 1833, Maria W. Steward delivered one of the four speeches which confirmed her place in history as the first American-born woman to give public lectures. Stewards lectures focused on encouraging African-Americans to attain education, political rights, and public recognition for their achievements. Her spe…
1788 – *Probable date of Prince Hall’s birth
Prince Hall, Revolutionary War Veteran and founder of African Masonic Lodges, *may* have been born on this date. Though his accomplishments are well celebrated, little is known of Prince Hall’s early life.
White supremacist John King, one of three white men accused of chaining James Byrd to a pickup and dragging him along a Texas road until he was decapitated, was sentenced to death by lethal injection. If his death penalty is carried out, he will be the first white Texan executed for killing a black since slavery ended….
“One-Man Show of Art by Negro, First of Kind Here, Opens Today,” read the headline of a front-page article in ‘The New York Times’ on this day. The article announced the opening of Archibald J. Motley, Jr’s show at the New Gallery on Madison Avenue. This was the first time in History that an artist had made t…
February 25th – Boogie Down Productions release their gold-selling sixth and final album, “Sex And Violence”, on Jive Records, on this day in 1992.
“Sex And Violence” would feature production by Prince Paul, D-Square, Pal Joey, DJ Kenny Parker and KRS-One.
“Sex And Violence” would feature the underground hits, “Duck Down”, “13 And Good” and “We In There”.
“Sex And Violence” would be group co-founder KRS-One’s last album under the BDP name before moving on to an even more successful solo career.
On this day, the “Bronze Muse” died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote more than a dozen books, including ‘Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects'(1854); ‘Moses, a Story of the Nile'(1869);and ‘Sketches of Southern Life'(1872). Harper was the most famous female poet of her day and the most…
In West Chester, Pennsylvania, African American painter Horace Pippin was born. Pippin is considered one of the major American painters of his period. One of his more significant works, “John Brown Going to His Hanging,” is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.