April 8th in Black History:
FEATURED: Arthur Ashe (Photo: AP)
1920: Jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress Carmen McRae was born (Died: 1994).
1937: Robert L. Woodson, a community development leader, and founder and president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise was born.
1955: NFL player Ricky Bell was born. He died in 1984 at age 29 of heart failure.
1964: Biz Markie was born.
1964: The Supremes recorded ‘Where did Our Love Go’ (their first #1 song).
1965: Lawrence Bradford (16) was the first black page appointed to the US Senate.
1974: Chino XL was born.
1974: Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run surpassing Babe Ruth’s record.
1975: Frank Robinson managed the Cleveland Indians in his 1st game as MLB’s 1st African American manager.
1992: Tennis legend Arthur Ashe announced he had AIDS acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
1993: Opera singer Marian Anderson passed away.
2002: Disney star Skai Jackson was born.
2002: Susan-Lori Parks won a Pulizer for her Broadway play, Topdog/Underdog.