On April 22, 1950, Charles Hamilton Houston died in 1950 at the age of 54. Charles Hamilton Houston was an influential lawyer and civil rights activist. Throughout his life, Charles Hamilton Houston used his law and ethical skills to contribute to the civil rights movement. His contributions include architecting the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling in 1954, serving as the dean of Howard University Law School and mentoring Thurgood Marshall.
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Legendary singer and songwriter Prince dies at the age of 57
On April 21, 2016, Prince died at the age of 57. Prince was a legendary singer and songwriter.
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.
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.
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.
Lee Elder becomes the first African American to play in the Masters
On April 10, 1975, Lee Elder became the first African American to play in the Masters.
Paul Robeson is born
On April 9, 1898, Paul Robeson was born in New Jersey.
Carter G. Woodson dies at the age of 74
On April 3, 1950, Carter G. Woodson died at the age of 74.