Thomas Green "Blind Tom" Bethune, pianist and composer, was born a blind slave near Columbus, GA, on this date in 1849.
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, dancer and entertainer who invented the "stair" tap dance, was born in Richmond, VA, on this date in 1878.
Madame C. J. Walker, the first black millionaire, died in Irvington-on-the-Hudson, NY, on this date in 1919. Her hot straightening comb, conditioning compounds, and other hair and skin care products made her the wealthiest black woman in America.
Miles Davis, trumpeter extraordinaire, was born in Alton, IL, on this date in 1926.
Jesse Owens, winner of four Olympic Gold Medals in Berlin (1936), broke five world records and tied a sixth in a 45-minute span while running in the Big Ten Championship track meet for Ohio State University on this date in 1935.
Henry Ossawa Tanner, world-renowned artist, died in Paris on this date in 1937. His painting, "The Banjo Lesson" was selected for exhibit in 1894 at the des Artistes Francais.
Leslie Uggams, singer and actress who played "Kizzy" in Roots, was born in New York City on this date in 1943.
African Liberation Day is celebrated annually on this date. It began at an Organization of African Unity Conference on this date in 1963.
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