Shep and The Limelites (1961- )

Shep and the Limelites were a doo-wop group of the early 1960s. Doo-wop groups became popular among Black singers in major urban areas like New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Baltimore because many young singers at the time didn’t have access to instruments or music lessons. They … Read MoreShep and The Limelites (1961- )

Julius Franklin Nimmons Jr. (1939- )

The academic historian and university administrator Julius Franklin Nimmons Jr. was born on September 11, 1939, in Danville, Virginia, to Julius Franklin Nimmons Sr. from Scotia, South Carolina, and Mozella Flannagan of Danville. He has two sisters. Nimmons graduated from Langston High School in the … Read MoreJulius Franklin Nimmons Jr. (1939- )

The Intruders (1960–1994)

The Intruders, an R&B ensemble, was established in 1960 as a doo-wop group influenced by gospel music.  Its first members were Sam “Little Sonny” Brown, born June 21, 1941; Phillip “Phil” Terry, born November 1, 1943; Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards, born on February 22, 1942, … Read MoreThe Intruders (1960–1994)

Charles Mitchell, Slavery, and Washington Territory in 1860 [Children’s Edition]

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. Who are they: Charles Mitchell was born into slavery in 1847 on the Marengo Plantation in Maryland. He was born to a free white man, also named Charles Mitchell, … Read MoreCharles Mitchell, Slavery, and Washington Territory in 1860 [Children’s Edition]