Clara Ward was born on April 21, 1924 (to January 16, 1973). She was a beloved gospel artist who achieved great success, both artistic and commercial, in the 1940s and 1950s as leader of The Famous Ward Singers. Clara Mae Ward was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mother, evangelist Gertrude Ward, founded the Ward Singers in 1931 as a family group. The group’s name continuously evolved, and included The Consecrated Gospel Singers, The Famous Ward Singers of Philadelphia, or The […]
Kevin Mwachiro was born on March 8, 1973. He is a writer, poet, journalist, communicator, podcaster, activist, cultural enthusiast, fitness nut, and lover of humanity and Africa. In 2015, after being diagnosed with the blood cancer multiple myeloma, Mwachiro added cancer fighter to that list. Kevin Mwachiro was born in Nairobi, Kenya to Leslie and Betty, and has three siblings. He attended Consolota Primary School, and then secondary (high) school at Saint Mary’s School. Mwachiro furthered his education at Kenya’s […]
Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III was born on January 24. Consecrated as a Bishop in 2011, he is a religious trailblazer, author, innovator, human rights advocate, international and community leader, and entrepreneur. Bishop Allen is the senior pastor and founder of The Vision Church & Cathedral of Atlanta, also known as The Vision Church. Oliver Clyde Allen III was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1973, the son of Oliver Clyde Allen, Jr., who is an architect and classical music […]
Morgan Powell was born on November 25, 1973 (to September 29, 2014). He was a beloved Bronx, New York-based historian, ecologist, landscape designer, environmental activist, and gardener with a passion for Black history. Powell used that knowledge in founding Bronx River Sankofa, and shared his research as a major contributor to the Bronx African American History Project. Kristopher Morgan Powell was born in Mandevol, Jamaica, the youngest child of engineer Mervin Grant and civil servant Barbara Myfanwey Powell. He had […]
Jermaine “Maine” Dion Smith was born on August 14, 1973 (to March 14, 2015). He was an eclectic artist, art director, fashion designer, and musician. Biography coming in 2018.
Latasha Byears was born August 12, 1973. She is a celebrated former American professional women’s basketball player who played power forward for several franchises of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), including the Sacramento Monarchs, the Los Angeles Sparks, the Washington Mystics, and the Houston Comets. Latasha Nashay Byears was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Millington, Tennessee; she attended high school in nearby Arlington. After playing two years in Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, she transferred to Chicago’s DePaul […]
Patrik-Ian Polk was born on July 29, 1973. He is an accomplished American film director, producer, screenwriter, singer, and actor. He is best known for creating works that explore the African American LGBTQ experience and relationships, including “Noah’s Arc” and “Blackbird.” Patrik-Ian Polk was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and showed an early passion for television and movies. He attended Brandeis University, where he was the arts editor of the college newspaper, and pursued his undergraduate degree in film and theater […]
Lee Carson was born on July 12, 1973. He is a widely respected educator, therapist, community-builder, brother, son, uncle, feminist, activist, and humanitarian. Lee Fulton Carson was born the oldest of four children in Rochester, New York, to Larry Lee Carson, who was employed at Xerox, and Janice Faye Carson, who held various jobs over the years, including work in a bank and as a teacher’s aide. His parents have been together for more than 40 years. While in grade school, Lee played […]