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1845: Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris, Jr. became the 1st blacks to practice law in the U.S.

1899: Composer, pianist & bandleader Duke Ellington was born (Died:1974).

1928: Singer Carl Gardner of The coasters was born (Died: 2011).

1926: Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek was born. She introduced a bill to criminalize stalking.

1934: Singer, guitarist Otis Rush was born.

1935: Blues singer, songwriter and pianist Leroy Carr passed away at age 30 of nephritis (kidney failure).

1945: Singer Tammi Terrell was born (Died: 1970).

1945: Author Richard Wright’s book Black Boy became an instant best-seller upon its publication.

1952: Former MLB shortstop Ronald Washington was born. Current manager of the Texas Rangers.

1967: Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter J.B. Lenoir passed away.

1967: Producer, rapper, actor Master P was born.

1983: Harold Washington was sworn in as Chicago’s 1st black mayor.

1992: Los Angeles riots began following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over 3 days 53 people were killed and hundreds of buildings destroyed.

1993: Barry White (animated) was a guest on The Simpsons.

1995: Tupac Shakur and Keisha Morris got married.

April 29th in Black History:  was originally published on