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HANK AARON breaks record May 1, 1975


Playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, former Atlanta Brave Hank

Aaron broke another record of Babe Ruth. Driving in two runs,

Aaron broke Ruth's career RBI record of 2,209. Aaron would go on

to knock in a total of 2,297 career runs.










Ralph David Abernathy's "Poor People's March" to protest

poverty and racial discrimination began as a mule train left Atlanta

headed for Washington, D.C. In the days and weeks ahead, waves

of protestors from across the country would depart for the nation's






JAMES BROWN was born May 3, 1933


Soul and rhythm-and-blues singer James Brown, was born.  Little is known about his early life.  He claims to have been born in Macon, Ga., but various biographies list his city of birth as Augusta, Ga.; Barnwell, S.C.; and Pulaski, Tenn.  Regardless, he grew up in Augusta.  In the early 1950s, Brown formed a band in Macon first known as "The Flames" -- and then changed to "The Famous Flames."  In November 1955, they recorded "Please, Please, Please," which in 1956, reached number 6 on the rhythm-and-blues chart and went on to become the first of over 20 million sellers for the "Godfather of Soul." In 1983, Brown was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.







DAVE PRATHER of Sam and Dave, was born May 9, 1937


Long before the Blues Brothers, there was the soul music duo of Sam and Dave (who had such hits as "Soul Man" and "Hold On,

I'm Coming"). On this day, Dave Prather, Jr. was born in Ocilla,









DR. JACQUELYN M. BELCHER became president of the DeKalb College May 15, 1995


In 1995, Dr. Jacquelyn M. Belcher became president of the metro-Atlanta, multi-campus district of DeKalb College, now known as Georgia Perimeter College.  Her service as a college president and senior executive in community colleges spans over 25 years. President Belcher received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Marymount University in Salina, Kansas.  She went on to obtain a master of arts degree at the University of Washington, as well as a post masters degree.  She holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. At Harvard University's acclaimed Graduate School of Education, President Belcher attended the Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education.






EZZARD CHARLES died May 27, 1975


Georgia-born heavyweight boxing champion Ezzard Charles died at age 53 in Chicago (some sources cite May 28). He had a lifetime boxing record of 92-25-1 (58 by knockout).  He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.  However, he is just one more famous black that is not in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.







GLADYS KNIGHT was born May 28, 1944



Rhythm-and-blues singer Gladys Knight, and lead singer of Gladys Knight and the Pips, was born in Atlanta.





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