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1863 - The first African American regiment from the North leaves Boston

        to fight in the Civil War.


1910 - Aaron Thibeaux "T-Bone" Walker is born in Linden, Texas. He will

        become a creator of the modern blues and a pioneer in the

        development of the electric guitar sound that will shape

        virtually all of popular music in the post-World War II period. 

        Equally important, Walker will be the quintessential blues

        guitarist.  He will influence virtually every major post-World

        War II guitarist, including B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie

        King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Eric Clapton, and Stevie

        Ray Vaughan. He will join the ancestors on March 16, 1975.


1936 - Betty Sanders is born in Detroit, Michigan. She will become the

        wife of El Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X), Hajja Betty Bahiyah

        Shabazz. After the assassination of Malcolm, she will show

        herself to be a very strong individual in her own right. She will

        face the difficulty of raising six children after witnessing

        Malcom's tragic death. In order to support herself and her

        children, she will go back to school, earning three degrees

        including a doctorate in education from the University of

        Massachusetts. She will teach others and become an international

        figure of dignity and discipline. She will work on Jesse Jackson's

        campaigns for the presidency, and will work in the African

        liberation struggle to free Angola, Namibia and South Africa, and

        to bring democracy to Haiti.  She will join the ancestors on June

        23, 1997 after succumbing to injuries received in a fire at her

        New York home. At the time she will be the director of

        Institutional Advancement and Public Relations at Medgar Evers

        College in Brooklyn, New York.


1944 - Gladys Knight is born in Atlanta, Georgia. Making her first

        public appearance at age four, she will win first place on Ted

        Mack's Original Amateur Hour at seven.  A member of the "Gladys

        Knight and the Pips" since the early 1950's, Knight will remain

        with the popular group for over 30 years before pursuing a

        successful solo career.


1951 - Willie Mays gets his first major league hit, a home run.


1962 - A suit alleging de facto school segregation is filed in Rochester,

        New York, by the NAACP.


1966 - Percy Sledge hits number one with his first -- and what turned out

        to be his biggest -- hit. "When a Man Loves a Woman" would stay

        at the top of the pop music charts for two weeks.  It will be the

        singer's only hit to make the top ten and a million seller.


1974 - Cicely Tyson wins two Emmy awards for best actress in a special

        and best actress in a drama for her portrayal of a strong

        Southern matriarch in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman." 


1974 - Richard Pryor wins an Emmy for his writing contributions on the

        Lily Tomlin special "Lily."


1981 - Mary Lou Williams joins the ancestors in Durham, North Carolina at

        the age of 71. A jazz pianist who played with Louis Armstrong,

        Tommy Dorsey, Earl "Fatha" Hines, and Benny Goodman, she formed

        her own band in 1943. Williams was known for her jazz masses

        including one "Mary Lou's Mass" that was choreographed by the

        Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1971.


1991 - Journalist Ethel L. Payne joins the ancestors in Washington, DC at

        the age of 79.


2003 - Janet Collins, ballerina, joins the ancestors at age 86.  She was

        the first African American artist to perform at the Metropolitan

        Opera House.


2014 - Legendary author and poetess, Maya Angelou joins the ancestors at

        her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She leaves behind a

        body of important artistic work that influenced several

        generations. She will be praised by those who knew her as a good

        person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality.

        She will write staggeringly beautiful poetry. She will also write

        a cookbook and be nominated for a Tony. She will deliver a poem at

        a presidential inauguration. In 2010, President Barack Obama names

        her a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's

        highest civilian honor. She will be friends with Malcolm X and the

        Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and inspire young adults and world

        celebrities. She will be best known for her book "I Know Why the

        Caged Bird Sings," which will bear witness to the brutality of a

        Jim Crow South.




The source for these facts are "Encyclopedia Britannica,

"Before the Mayflower", "Black Firsts" and independent

research by Mr. Rene’ A. Perry, Sr.




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