AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[AL] Heroes & Sheroes
1950 Feb 6- Natalie Cole is born [in Los Angeles] to Nat "King" and Maria
follow in her famous father's footsteps and become a recording
star. She will become a Grammy Award-winning singer, and Best
New Artist in 1975.
1934 Feb 5- Henry (Hank) Aaron is born in Mobile, Alabama. After starting
his major league baseball career with the Milwaukee Braves in
1954, he will distinguish himself as a home-run specialist.
Aaron will be considered by some, the best baseball player in
history. Over his 23-year Major League Baseball career, he will
compile more batting records than any other player in baseball
history. He will hold the record for runs batted in with 2297,
and will be a Gold Glove Winner in 1958, 1959, and 1960. His
most famous accomplishment will come on April 8, 1974, when at
the age of 40, he will hit a 385-foot home run against the Los
Angeles Dodgers, surpassing Babe Ruth's record of 714 career
home runs. He will end his career with 755 home runs. In 1982,
he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After his
retirement, he will return to the Atlanta Braves as a vice-
president for player development, and will be promoted to senior
vice-president in 1989.
1913 Feb 4- Rosa Parks is born in Tuskegee, Alabama. When the seamstress
and NAACP member refuses to yield her seat to a white man on
a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, her actions will spark a
382-day boycott of the buses in Montgomery, halting business
and services in the city and become the initial act of non-
violent disobedience of the American Civil Rights movement.
She will be honored with the NAACP's Spingarn Medal for her
heroism and later work with Detroit youth(1979) and be called
the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
1947 Feb 4- Sanford Bishop is born in Mobile, Alabama. He will graduate
Morehouse College and Emory University Law School. He will
specialize in civil rights law and will become a member of the
Georgia Legislature from 1977 to 1993 (House and Senate). In
1993, he will be elected a member of the United States House of
Representatives from Georgia.
FROM: Today in Black History