PICTURED: #DianeNash #BlackHistoryMonth5 #BlackHistory365
1832: #MaryFields or #StagecoachMary was born. She delivered mail every day until she was 80 years old.
1904: Sigma Pi Phi, the first African American Greek-lettered organization, was founded in Philadelphia. The organization was founded by four doctors because black professionals did not have the opportunity to participate in professional and cultural associations organized by white people.
1905: #JosiahThomasWalls, the first African American congressman from Florida, died. 1910: #MiltonMurrayHolland, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, passed away. Holland was born enslaved #August1, 1844 in Austin, Texas. Possibly the son of his owner, Holland and his two brothers were freed and sent to school in Ohio. In 1863, he joined the 5th United States Colored Troops to fight in the Civil War. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
1933: #GeorgeBenton, hall of fame boxing trainer, was born in Philadelphia. He passed away in 2011.
1938: Happy Birthday to DianeNash who turns 80 today. She was a leader & strategist of the student wing of the 1960s movement.
1942: 93rd Infantry (the 1st Black division formed during WWII) was activated and assigned to combat in the South Pacific. 1943: Songwriter, arranger, producer and conductor #FreddiePerren was born. (Died: 2004)
1963: #RayCharles won the Best R&B Recording Award at the 5th annual Grammy Awards for 'I Can't Stop Loving You.' 1965: The Four Tops charted with 'I Can't Help Myself' reaching #1 on the R&B chart and holding it for nine weeks.
1969: Happy Birthday to Emmitt Smith who turns 49 today.
1970: #PhilipLafayetteGibbs and #JamesEarlGreen were killed at Jackson State University by police during student protests.
1975: The Blanche K. Bruce House in Washington, D.C. was declared a National Historic Landmark.
1976: #1 R&B song - 'Boogie Fever' by the Sylvers
1983: Photographer #JamesVanDerZee passed away. 1992: Singer #BarbaraLee of The Chiffons passed away.
1992: Boyz II Men, Hammer & Jodeci performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 1997: Jazz trumpeter #TommyTurrentine passed away. 1997: Born on this day was Precious