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March 26, 1831 â€“ The founder of the AMEChurch, Richard Allen, dies at age 71 in Philadelphia, Pa. As its first bishop, Allen set the African Methodist Episcopal Church on the path to becoming the first Black religious denomination in America to be fully independent of White control.
1944 â€“ Singer/actress Diana Ross is born in Detroit, Mich. She headed the most popular female signing group of the 1960â€™s, The Supremes.
1950 â€“ Singer Teddy Pendergrass is born in Philadelphia, Pa. For a period, Pendergrass was the leading sex symbol in R&B music. An automobile accident on March 18, 1982 left him paralyzed from the chest down.
1924 â€“Jazz singer Sarah Vaughn was born in Newark, N.J.
1970 â€“Singer Mariah Carey, was born on this day in Long Island, N.Y. Her parents are of Irish/African American/Venezuelan background.
March 28, 1900 â€“ The British demand the Ashanti Golden Stool. The Ashanti had been one of the tribes which benefited from slavery by capturing and selling their fellow Africans. But when the slave trade ended, the British turned on the Ashanti in a bid to colonize the
Gold Coast (now Ghana). In an apparent attempt to demoralize and humiliate the Ashanti, the British demanded that they turn over one of their greatest symbols â€“ the Golden Stool. The demand led to war. The British eventually prevailed.
1972 â€“ The two surviving Soledad Brothers are found not guilty by an all White jury in the alleged killing of a White guard at the California prison.
The other Soledad Brother, revolutionary writer George Jackson, had been killed during an August 1971 Marin County Courthouse escape attempt which also led to charges against college professor and communist Angela Davis. Davis was eventually acquitted.
1984 â€“ Dr. Benjamin Mays dies. The president of Atlantaâ€™s MorehouseCollege had been one of the leading Black educational figures in America during the 20th century.
1981 â€“ Dr. Eric Williams, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, dies in Port of Spain at 79. Williams was a historian and his classic work was â€œCapitalism and Slavery.â€
1870 â€“ The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified giving Black men the right to vote. It would take the Suffrage Movement and another 50 years before women had full voting rights. But â€œJim Crowâ€ laws were passed throughout the South which in effect took away the right of Blacks to vote despite the Constitutional guarantee. African Americans did not achieve full voting rights in this country until the mid 1960â€™s.
1741 â€“ Black rebellion hysteria grips New York. A series of mysterious fires and reports of slaves plotting rebellion sweep New York, lasting through April. Thirty-one alleged slave plotters and five White sympathizers were hung.
1931-Cab Calloway recorded â€œMinnie the Moocherâ€ â€“ the first Jazz album to sell over one million copies.
1948 â€“ Labor leader A Phillip Randolph issues a threat before the Senate Armed Services Committee, declaring that unless more is done to end segregation and discrimination in the military, he would launch a campaign encouraging Black youth to employ civil disobedience to resist the draft. His threat helped to bring an end discriminatory practices in the U.S. armed forces.
1980 â€“ Olympic legend Jesse Owens dies at 66 in Tucson, Ariz. Owens won four track and field gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany embarrassing German leader Adolph Hitler and undermining his ideology of White Aryan superiority.
1868 â€“ HamptonUniversity is founded during Reconstruction in Hampton, Va. The school is now one of the leading Black educational institutions in America.
1950 â€“ Surgeon Charles Drew dies at 45 in an automobile accident near Burlington, N.C. Drew developed the concept of a blood bank for storing large amounts of plasma. Anyone who has ever received a blood transfusion is indebted to Dr. Drew. He had dedicated his life to insuring that increased scientific knowledge actually led to the betterment of human life.
1984 â€“ Sensational, Washington, D.C. born R&B singer Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father during an argument. Gaye was 38 â€“ just one day short of his 39th birthday. The senior Gaye later died of pneumonia.
[This Week in Black History is compiled by Robert Taylor. He welcomes comments and additions at
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The Hawkins’ family, which also includes Tramaine, Sunny and Jamie Hawkins (pictured above), pay their final respects to the late Walter Hawkins, during a concert tribute at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif. Photo courtesy of Adam Turner
Scores of people who never met Walter Hawkins showed up from every corner of the globe this week and squeezed into the Paramount Theater alongside thousands of Oakland natives to bid farewell to the pioneering gospel legend known for creating classic songs such as “Goin’ Up Yonder,” “Changed,” and “Be Grateful.”
Bishop Walter Hawkins, who cut a string of best-selling “Love Alive” LPs in the 1970s through the 1990s, died July 11th at the Ripon, CA home he shared with his brother Edwin and three sisters, after an almost two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Doctors initially gave him six months to live.
An orange butterfly flits along Georgia Avenue in Northwest during the D.C. Caribbean Carnival 2010 Parade & Festival, Sat., June 26. Spectators line the sidewalks to watch the colorful pageant.Photo by Roy Lewis Caribbean
Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), announced today that Desirée Rogers has been named chief executive officer of JPC. Rice will continue as chairman. Courtesy Photo
CHICAGO – Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), announced today that Desirée Rogers has been named chief executive officer of JPC. Rice will continue as chairman.
”Desirée has a proven track record of successful business leadership,” said Linda Johnson Rice. “She is a longstanding confidant and a savvy businesswoman who is committed to the strategic growth of Johnson Publishing Company. I look forward to working side by side with her as we embark upon this next phase for the company.” Rogers will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. She will be responsible for aligning core business strategies for all brands.
“I am humbled to have such an incredible opportunity. I consider it an honor to help continue the 68-year legacy of such a phenomenal company and its iconic brands,” said Rogers.
Rogers, 51, is the former White House social secretary who left her position following questions about her role in allowing a couple who allegedly crashed President Obama's first state dinner earlier this year. Rogers also drew criticism for appearing as a guest rather than a staff member at the event.
According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Rice and Rogers have been friends for more than 20 years. The two have been talking about working together for years and for Rogers had been consulting for Johnson Publishing on a two-month contract.
The New Orleans native received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College and earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard University’s Business School. She has served on numerous non-profit and corporate boards including the Museum of Science and Industry, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Equity Residential, a REIT and the Northwestern Memorial Foundation.
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Little girls, all made-up, wait for their turn to model and show-off the services offered at the Spoiled and Rotten Boutique and Spa, located on H Street. Manicures and pedicures, glam dazzle makeup and a birthday tiara are included in the packages available for children ages 2-13.Photo by DR Barnes
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Mathews were united in marriage on September 25, 1972.
For their 45th anniversary, the Williams renewed their vows at the Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church Washington with Reverend Monsignor Charles Pope officiating.
Over 200 well wishers cheered and toasted the happy couple for a sit down dinner at the La Fountaine Bleu, on Saturday, September 25, 2010. They are the proud parents of Edward Taylor, Mark Taylor, William Taylor, Leonard Smith, Terry Mathews and Yolanda Smith. The grandparents of Kenneth Coleman, Leonard Smith III, Tenisha Smith, Lenita Smith, Mathew Adams and Tinselyn Hall.