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1957 – Reggae singer Dennis Brown was born.
Dennis Brown was one of the major stars of lover’s rock. Bob Marley said Brown was his favourite singer and titled him “The Crown Prince of Reggae”. He inspired reggae singers like Barrington Levy, Junior Reid, Luciano, and Richie Stephens.
He grew up in a tenement yard between
Brown's 1994 album Light My Fire was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was the last album recorded by Brown, Let Me Be the One (in 2001).
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1960 – Four black college students began a series of sit-ins at a white-only lunch counter in Woolworth’s,
Four Black American students sat at a segregated lunch counter at Woolworth’s in North Carolina. The store had chairs and stools for the whites, but the Blacks had to stand to eat. I can vouch for that because I experienced this treatment in Miami in May 1960. A Miami restaurant refused to serve me and my aunts, and a janitor whispered to us that they were sending for the police to evict us. We went to a nearby Woolworth’s cafeteria, and were sent to the back of the store where there were no chairs or stools.
At the Woolworth’s in Greensboro, the four students were refused service, but they were allowed to stay at the counter. The manager of the store told his staff to let them alone, hoping they would just leave when they were not being served. Then he was afraid that violence would result, and he sent for the police. He didn’t have the students arrested, but he had policemen stationed at his store.
Next morning the students turned up again with 23 other men and 4 women. By
Feb 5, the size of the sit in had grown to 300. Ultimately, threats of violence from whites and a bomb scare forced the protestors out of that store.
That sit in sparked a massive movement and was a hall mark of the
American civil rights movement.
1965 - Demonstration in