The first singer in The Temptations after the “Classic 5”.
Happy 79th Birthday President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
First elected female head of state in the African continent.
Happy Birthday Mahalia Jackson (R.I.P.)
In 1950 became the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Happy 77th Birthday Miss Major
Transgender woman activist and feminist.
Happy 62nd Birthday Bill Condon
Wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, and Dreamgirls.
Happy 81st Birthday Bobby Seale
Co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) with Huey Newton while they were both enrolled at Merritt Community College in Oakland, California.
Happy 71st Birthday Ben Vereen
Tony award for Pippin in 1973.
Black History ‘Erryday’: Happy Birthday Fannie Lou Hamer
She coined the term “Mississippi appendectomy” for the involuntary sterilization of black women (including herself) to reduce the population.
Black History ‘Erryday’: Happy Birthday Ray Charles (R.I.P.)
Frank Sinatra said he was: “the only true genius in show business.”
Billy Joel said: ” . . . I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley.”