April 28th in Black History:
FEATURED: Ray Charles (Photo: AP)
1841: Educator, lecturer, college president William H. Crogman was born (Died: 1931).
1847: George B. Vashon became the 1st Black to enter NY State Bar. He was also the 1st black professor at Howard University.
1846: Clergyman, politician, orator and talented debater Jeremiah Haralson was born (Died: 1916). He served in the Alabama House of Representatives.
1891: George Toliver was awarded a patent for the ship propeller.
1891: Charley Patton considered by many to be the “Father of the Delta Blues’ was born (Died: 1934).
1924: Don Redman was the 1st musician to use the oboe as a jazz instrument in a solo of ‘After the Storm.’
1957: W. Robert Ming became the 1st black elected chairman of the American Veterans Committee.
1962: # 1 R&B song was ‘Mashed Potato Time’ by Dee Dee Sharp.
1963: Ray Charles performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1966: Rapper, actor and producer Too Short was born.
1967: Mrs. Robert W. Claytor became the 1st black elected president of the YMCA.
1967: Muhammad Ali refused induction in to the Army and was stripped of his boxing titles.
1971: Samuel L.Gravely Jr. became the 1st black admiral in the US Navy.
1983: Alice Walker and Gloria Naylor won American Book awards for fiction.
1990: MC Hammer charted with ‘U Can’t Touch This.’
1991: CORE Chairman Floyd McKissick passed away.
1992: Iceberg Slim, a reformed pimp and author of urban fiction passed away. Described as a savagely gifted storyteller whose paperback novels sold in unprecedented numbers in black communities.
1995: Barry White performed at the Safari Park Garden Theater in Nairobi, Kenya, becoming the 1st Westerner to do so.
2005: Jazz bassist Percy Heath passed away.