December 17, 2017              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

December 17

Eddie Kendrick, musician, was born in Birmingham, AL, on this date in 1939. Kendrick founded the Motown group, the "Temptations," in 1961.

Noble Sissle, a pioneer jazz figure, died in Tampa, FL, on this date in 1975. Sissle and Eubie Blake wrote Shuffle Along, a pioneer musical featuring Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Caterina Jarboro, William Grant Still, and Hal Johnson.

Jesse Brown, Director of Disabled Veterans of America, was named Secretary of Veteran's Affairs by President Bill Clinton on this date in 1992.

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