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1799: Dred Scott was born, an African American slave who sued for his freedom and that of his wife and daughters. Known as the Dred Scott Decision (a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court). (Died: 1585).

1872: Minnie Lee Crosthwaite was born. She was one of the 1st African American social workers in Kansas City and spent decades working to improve life in her community. (Died: 1963).

1917: Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born (Died: 1996).

1923: Blues guitarist and singer Albert King was born. He was a major influence in the world of blues. (Died 1992).

1932: The Clown Prince of Basketball Meadowlark Lemon was born. He toured for 22 years with the Harlem Globetrotters.

1944: United Negro College Fund incorporated.

1950: Charles ‘Chuck’ Cooper became the 1st black ever drafted by an NBA team.

1969: Actress Gina Torres was born.

1969: Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Darren Woodson was born.

1970: ‘Band of Gold’ by Freda Payne was released.

1981: ‘Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)’ by Ray Parker Jr released.

1990: Jazz Tenor (bebop) Dexter Gordon passed away.

1997: ‘Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk’ opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theater in NYC.

1997: Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 250th home-run.

2002: Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez was killed in a car accident.

April 25th in Black History:  was originally published on