For the month of May I found it suitable to shed a little light on our young trend setters.

Harvard Senior, a state of Georgia native named Obasi Shaw, decided to create a rap album for his Senior Thesis, instead of writing the traditional paper as expected. The album, Liminal Minds, earned him an “A-” grade, which will allow him to graduate with honors at the end of the semester.

http://www.afro.com/harvard-student-submits-rap-album-senior-thesis/

BIRTHS

May 13, 1872 – Nov 17, 1935

Matilda A Evans- First African American Woman Licensed to Practice Medicine in South Carolina.

http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Reference&disableHighlighting=false&prodId=BIC1&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CK1623000130&mode=view&userGroupName=columbiau&jsid=9c17425a202030dd13bc322eb6eec6f2

May 2, 1879 – May 20, 1961

Nannie Helen Burroughs- Founder of the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C./ Educator/ Orator/ Religious Leader/ Civil Rights Activist

https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/nannie-helen-burroughs/

May 11, 1895 – Dec 3, 1978

William G Still- First African American Composer well known as the “Dean of Afro-American Composers”

https://william-grant-still-music.myshopify.com/pages/biography

DEATHS

Dec 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919

Sarah “Madam C.J. Walker” Breedlove- Entrepreneur/ Civil Rights Activist/ Philanthropist

https://www.biography.com/people/madam-cj-walker-9522174

May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981

Mary L Williams- Jazz Pianist/ Composer/ Vocalist

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/mary-lou-williams-mn0000859820/biography

Dec 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990

Samuel “Sammy” Davis, Jr.- Actor/ Comedian/ Singer/ Dancer

https://www.biography.com/people/sammy-davis-jr-9268223

EVENTS

May 7, 1878

Joseph Winters received a patent for the very first Fire Escape Ladder in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

https://www.thoughtco.com/joseph-winters-fire-escape-ladder-4074075

May 13, 1888

Brazil became the final nation in the Western Hemisphere to formally abolish slavery using the “Golden Law” passed by the Imperial Family.

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/brazil-abolishes-slavery

May 19, 1991

Willy T. Ribbs was First African American driver to qualify for Indy 500.

http://www.espn.com/classic/s/moment010519ribbs.html

May 1993

After a unanimous vote for independence among the Eritrean people in April 1993, after the War, Mengistu resigned as head of the Ethiopian government and the United Nations admitted Eritrea, Africa to its membership.

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Eritrean_War_of_Independence

May 10, 1994

Nelson R Mandela was sworn in as the First Black President in South Africa.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nelson-mandela-inaugurated

 

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