April 20th in Black History
FEATURED: Luther Vandross (Photo: AP)
1906: E. Frederic Morrow was born. He was the 1st African American to hold an executive position at the White House. (Died: 1994).
1908: Jazz musician Lionel Hampton was born (Died: 2002).
1939: Billie Holiday recorded the 1st Civil Rights song ‘Strange Fruit.’
1951: Luther Vandross was born (Died: 2005).
1970: Actor Shemar Moore was born.
1972: Stephen Marley was born.
1985: ‘We Are the World’ went to #1 in the UK.
1990: Janet Jackson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the start of ‘Janet Jackson week’ in LA.
1992: Michael Jordan scored a record 63 points in the Playoffs.
1992: Blues singer and guitarist Johnny Shines passed away.
2007: Jazz pianist & composer Andrew Hill passed away.
2010: Dorothy Height (Civil Rights/Women’s Rights Activist, Educator & Administrator) passed away.