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PROMINENT & HISTORICAL ICONS OF GRAND RAPIDS

Rev. William Abney

Paul Collins

Xavier Davis

DeBarges

Stephen Drew

Dr. Julius Franks

Sherman D. Gillespie

Al Green

Adina Howard

Dr. Randal Jelks

Dr. Edward Jones

Benjamin Logan II

Elias Lumpkins, Jr.

Buster Mathis, Jr.

Paul Mayhue

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Joseph McMillan

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Rev. Lyman S. Parks

W. L. Patterson

Dr. Patricia Pulliam

Ted Raspberry

Roy Roberts

Dr. Marvin Sapp

Reuben Smartt

Cedric Ward

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December 1860

South Carolina secedes from the Union on December 20, 860, initially igniting the Civil War. Although the state was very divided on the role of slavery, South Caroline, with reluctance, joined Virginia in its support of the Confederacy.

 Fighting occurred sporadically, but the state of South Carolina provided some of the largest regiments during the war, as well as played a role regarding major battles including Gettysburg and Battle of Red Banks.

December 1907

Born on Xmas day in 1907, Cabell “Cab” Calloway III was an American jazz singer, dancer, band leader, and actor.

Cab was known for a number of historic ‘firsts.’ Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher” (‘Hi-di-ho’) release became the first single to sell a 1M copies for an African American. He had the first nationally syndicated radio show and historians point to the fact that as a dancer he performed a backward glide regarded as a precursor to Michael Jackson’s “moonwalk.”

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December 1955

The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a political and social campaign against the racial segregation on Montgomery’s public transportation system.

The campaign started on Dec. 5 – several days after Rosa Parks had been arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man – and continued until December 20, 1956 leading to the Supreme Court ruling that segregated buses in Alabama and Montgomery were unconstitutional.

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