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pianist and composer (‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” and
“Stormy Weather”) dies on December 15, 1943 in Kansas City, Miss
- Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is born on
January 22, 1884.
- Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving
You” stays on at top of Billboard charts for 100 straight weeks
- In 1964, Sidney Poitier becomes the
first African American male to receive an Oscar. He gets it for
his performance in “Lilies of the Field”.
- Pianist Andre Watts makes his debut
at age 16 with the New York Philharmonic in 1963,
- Singer Nat ‘King’ Cole dies on Feb.
15, 1965 in Santa Monica, California.
- Dorothy Dandridge, first African
American woman nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress dies
on September 8, 1965 in Hollywood. Ms. Dandridge was nominated
for her role in “Carmen Jones”.
- Dancer Judith Jamison debuts with
Alvin Ailey’s Dance Troupe.
- The Negro Ensemble Company is
formed in New York in 1967.
- Singer Otis Redding dies on Dec.
10, 1967 in a plane crash. Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the
Bay” was released posthumously and topped the charts for four
weeks in 1968.
- In 1967, Aretha Franklin records
“Respect,” written by Otis Redding.
- In 1968, ABC’s One Life to Live becomes
the first soap opera to feature an African American character,
portrayed by Ellen Holly, who plays a black woman passing
- In 1969, James Earl Jones received
a Tony Award for Best Actor for his portrayal in the “Great
- The Bill Cosby Show variety show
debuts in 1969. Also, in 1969, he received his fourth Emmy for a
TV variety show.
- Della Reese gets her own variety
show on CBS in 1969.
- Arthur Mitchell co-founds the
Dance Theater of Harlem in 1969.
- Gordon Parks’ “Learning Tree” is
released in Hollywood, marking the first post World War II film
to be directed by an African American in 1969.
- Jimi Hendrix dies on September 18,
- In 1970, the Flip Wilson Show
debuts on NBC.
- In 1971, Isaac Hayes’ recording “Theme
from Shaft” is a number one pop hit and will win an Academy
Award for Best Song in 1972.
- Jazz great Louis Armstrong dies on
July 6, 1971 in Queens, N Y.
- In 1971, major civil rights organizations
form a movement against Blax-ploitation movies.
- Mahalia Jackson dies on January 27,
1972 in Evergreen Park, Illinois
- In 1988, August Wilson’s play “Joe
Turner’s Come and Gone” opens on Broadway.
- Morgan Freeman stars in “Driving
Miss Daisy” in 1987.
- Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” is released
- Actor Clevon Little dies in 1992.
- Lizzie ‘Memphis Minnie’ Douglass,
country-blues singer is born on June 3, 1897.
- William Levi Dawson’s “Negro Folk
Symphony” is performed at Carnegie Hall by the Philadelphia
Symphony Orchestra in 1934.
- In 1943, Othello opens on Broadway with
Paul Robeson in the title role.