“Know the beauty of African-American history, and remember its glorious past.” –Safiyyah Muhammad

In this week’s Historical Perspective, we highlight Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. better known as Common, the Rapper. Common is a Chicago-born rapper, writer, and actor. His first debut album Like Water for Chocolate received commercial accolades as several other albums produced between 2003-2005. Thisisme Then: The Best of Common was released in late 2007.

6 – Idrissa Akuna “Idris,” Elba, British actor born.

7 – Recording artist and actor, Common, becomes the first rapper to win an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar, 2017.

8 – Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend a white elementary school, born, 1954.

9 – John Legend become the first African-American male to receive an EGGOT, 2018.

10 – Twenty brave young African American students began school at previously segregated schools in Alabama, 1963.

11 – Serena Williams became the second African-American woman to win the U.S. Open title in 1999.

12 — Jesse Owen, track and field star, born 1913