Historic Events by Name

  • Wed, 1879-08-27

    This date marks the birthday of Robert Lee Vann in 1879. He was an African American publisher, lawyer, and the editor of the Black newspaper, the...

  • Wed, 1884-08-27

    Rose McClendon was born on this date in 1884. She was an African American actress, theater administrator, and director.

    She was born in...

  • Wed, 1902-08-27

    Mary Smith McClain was born on this date in 1902. She was an African American blues singer and entertainer.

    She was born in Huntington,...

  • Sun, 1905-08-27

    Frederick Douglass O'Neal was born on this date in 1905. He was an African American stage, film, and TV actor/director who also organized and led...

  • Fri, 1909-08-27

    On this date in 1909, African American jazz saxophonist Lester Young was born.

    His name at birth was Willis Lester Young and he was from...

  • Fri, 1909-08-27

    The birth of William T.V. Fontaine in 1909 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American educator and philosopher.

    He was the...

  • Thu, 1936-08-27

    *Roger Banks was born on this date in 1936. He was an African American educator and Public Policy Activist. Roger Ware Banks and his brother...

  • Fri, 1937-08-27

    Alice Coltrane was born on this date in 1937. She was an African American pianist, organist, harpist, and composer.

    Born Alice McLeod in...

  • Wed, 1941-08-27

    *Cesária Évora was born on this date in1941. She was a Black Portuguese singer and entertainer.

    From Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde...

  • Thu, 1942-08-27

    *Walter Hall Lively was born on this date in 1942. He was an African American Civil Rights Activist & Black Liberationist.

    Born in...

  • Fri, 1965-08-27

    *LeRoy Homer, Jr. was born on this date in 1965. He was an African American pilot.

    LeRoy Wilton Homer Jr. grew up on Long Island in New...