In 1953, Mattiwilda Dobbs made music history when she performed on stage at La Scala, becoming the first African American in the history of the opera house to do so. At the time, Dobbs called it her “trial by fire,” though it wasn’t her first time singing in a European opera. She arrived on the … [Read more…]
On this day in 1924, novelist and journalist Olive Ann Burns was born in Banks County, Georgia. She was the youngest of four children, was a part of a large extended family, and her father lost his farm during the Great Depression – all of which inspired her fiction later in life. Burns grew … [Read more…]
Gladys Knight, was born today in 1944, in Atlanta. Knight’s singing career, with her group the Pips and solo, has spanned over six decades and has included seven Grammys and dozens of top forty albums. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and listed as one of Rolling Stone’s … [Read more…]
This was taken at the City Auditorium in Atlanta, GA, in 1945.
Today in 1955, Cynthia Ann McKinney was born in Atlanta, Georgia. By 1993, she was the first African-American woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives (there have been only six women altogether). Importantly, McKinney has a legacy and a personal history of activism. Her dad was one of Atlanta’s first black cops … [Read more…]