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Ira Tucker, Sr.

Ira Tucker, Sr. – June 24th in African American History

June 24, 2008 Ira Tucker, Sr., lead singer for the Dixie Hummingbirds, died. Tucker was born May 17, 1925 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He joined the Hummingbirds in 1938 at the age of 13. In addition to his vocal skills, Tucker introduced energetic showmanship, including running through the aisles, jumping off the stage, and falling […]

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Rosemary Brown

Rosemary Brown – April 26th in African American History

April 26, 2003 Rosemary Brown, the first black woman in Canada to be elected to public office, died. Brown was born May 17, 1930 in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Canada to attend McGill University. During the 1960s, she worked in social work for various organizations in Canada. In 1972, she was elected to the […]

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