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.

BIRTHS

April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984

Alberta Hunter- Jazz-Blues Singer

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/alberta-hunter-mn0000935212/biography

April 1, 1939

Rudolph “Rudy” Isley- Singer/ Songwriter

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1172360/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron- Politically Charged Poet and Singer/ Influencer of Hip Hop Incendiaries.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/gil-scott-heron-mn0000658346/biography

DEATHS

November 24, 1868 – April 1, 1917

Scott Joplin- Musician/ Composer

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/scott-joplin-mn0000843212/biography

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

http://www.biography.com/people/charles-drew-9279094

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.- Baptist Minister/ Activist/ Civil Rights Leader

http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_kings_assassination_4_april_1968/

EVENTS

April 11, 1881

Spelman College was founded- Private Institution for women only among the top 100 Black Colleges in America.

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/spelman-college-founded

April 6, 1909

Matthew Henson, along with Robert E. Peary, were the first explorers to reach the North Pole.

http://www.biography.com/people/matthew-henson-9335648

April 1, 1949

“Happy Pappy” was the first Variety Show with an all black cast that aired on WENR TV.

http://www.oldradio.org/2014/04/april-1-1949-first-all-black-television.html

April 1-24, 1966

First World Festival of Negro Arts took place in Dakar, Senegal.

http://archives.nypl.org/scm/20629

April 2, 1984

John Thompson became the first African American coach to win the NCAA basketball tournament at Georgetown University, beating Houston 84-75.

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/first-black-coaches-ncaa-basketball-champion

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