On April 21, 2016, Prince died at the age of 57. Prince was a legendary singer and songwriter.
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Iconic singer and songwriter Luther Vandross is born
On April 20, 1951, Luther Vandross was born. Luther Vandross was an iconic singer and songwriter. Luther Vandross is known for hit songs like “Never Too Much”, “Dance with My Father”, “Here and Now” and “A House Is Not a Home.”
Professional basketball player Candace Parker is born
On April 19, 1986, professional basketball player Candace Parker was born. Candace Parker is a two-time WNBA champion and two-time WNBA MVP. Her accomplishments include being the first woman to appear on the cover of NBA 2K and the first woman to win a slam dunk contest.
Bill Russell becomes the first African American head coach in the NBA
On April 18, 1966, Bill Russell became the first African American head coach in the NBA.
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs is born
On April 17, 1823, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born. Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was the first black person elected to public office in British Columbia.
Famous author Ralph Ellison dies
On April 16, 1994, Ralph Ellison died. Ralph Ellison was a famous author and novelist. Ralph Ellison is the author of The Invisible Man and Juneteenth.
Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to play in Major League Baseball
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.
William H. Hastie Jr. dies
On April 14, 1976, William H. Hastie Jr. died.
Sidney Poitier becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award for best actor
On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win an Academy Award for best actor.
Emmett Ashford becomes the first black umpire in Major League Baseball
On April 11, 1966, Emmett Ashford became the first black umpire in Major League Baseball.