April 24th in Black History:
FEATURED: Cowboy Bill Pickett (Photo: Tumblr)
1778: William Cuffay was born (Died: 1870) Cuffay was the leader of the 1st mass political movement of the British working class.
1884: The African American Medical Society was founded.
1889: Lafayette A. Tillman was born (Died: 1914). He was a soldier, a scholar and one of the 1st African-Americans to be appointed to the Kansas City police force.
1922: Double bassist Aaron Bell was born (Died: 2003).
1970: Otis Span passed away. A blues musician whom many consider to be the leading postwar Chicago blues pianist.
1937: Jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson was born (Died 2001).
1944: Cowboy Bill Pickett passed away.
1964: Actor, comedian and director Cedric the Entertainer was born.
1964: Actor and former fashion model Djimon Housou was born.
1972: James M. Rodger, Jr. the 1st Black named National Teacher of the year was honored at a White House ceremony.
1972: Robert Wedgeworth became the 1st African American Director of the American Library Association.
1974: Actor Derek Luke was born.
1976: ‘Love Hangover’ by Diana Ross was released.
1982: Stevie Wonder’s duet with Paul McCartney ‘Ebony & Ivory’ reached #1 in Britain & remained there for seven weeks.
1992: Iman and David Bowie got married.
2004: Roy Veal was found hanged from a tree in Mississippi. He lived in Washington but went to Mississippi to settle a land dispute. The land had been in his family for decades. The case went cold.