We are now coming to the end of a beautiful month for the culture that is known to transcend and set trends. Below are a few fun facts for the month of April.
April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984
Alberta Hunter- Jazz-Blues Singer
April 1, 1939
Rudolph “Rudy” Isley- Singer/ Songwriter
April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011
Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron- Politically Charged Poet and Singer/ Influencer of Hip Hop Incendiaries.
November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917
Scott Joplin- Musician/ Composer
June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950
Dr. Charles Drew- Pioneering Surgeon of Methods for Storing Blood Plasma/ Organizer of the First Large-Scale Blood Bank
January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- Baptist Minister/ Activist/ Civil Rights Leader
April 11, 1881
Spelman College was founded- Private Institution for women only among the top 100 Black Colleges in America.
April 6, 1909
Matthew Henson, along with Robert E. Peary, were the first explorers to reach the North Pole.
April 1, 1949
“Happy Pappy” was the first Variety Show with an all black cast that aired on WENR TV.
April 1-24, 1966
First World Festival of Negro Arts took place in Dakar, Senegal.
April 2, 1984
John Thompson became the first African American coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament at Georgetown University, beating Houston 84-75.