1. 1970 - The Fifth Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” is named Record of the Year at the Grammys.
2. 1968 - Soul singer Otis Redding posthumously receives a gold record for the single “The Dock of the Bay.” Redding was killed in a plane crash three months ago.
3. 1959 - Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” opens on Broadway.
4. 1959 - “Raisin in the Sun,” first Broadway play by a Black woman, opened at Barrymore Theater with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil in the starring roles. Lorraine Hansberry’s drama was the first Broadway play with a Black director, Lloyd Richards, in the modern era.
5. 1959 - On this day, Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil in the lead roles. The play ran for 530 performances, becoming the longest running Broadway play written by an African-American. This was also the first Broadway dra…
6. 1959 - Flip Wilson Honored
Comedian and television star Flip Wilson received the International Broadcasting Man of the Year Award. Flip Wilson was the first Afro-American to be a television superstar.
7. 1956 - Segregation Denounced in public schools
Through 12th Manifesto denouncing Supreme Cout ruling on segregation in public schools issued by one hundred Southern senators and representatives.
8. 1950 - Bobby McFerrin, born
9. 1948 - Dr. Reginald Weir becomes the first black player to compete in the U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association Championship.
10. 1926 - Rev. Ralph David Abernathy born
The Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Southern Christian Leadership Conference figure, was born in Linden, Alabama.