Singer/songwriter Vesta Williams was born on Dec. 1, 1957.
Songwriter/producer Terry Lewis was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Nov. 24, 1956.
Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was born on Nov. 2, 1974.
Poet Sonia Sanchez was born on Sept. 9, 1934.
Francis Lewis Cardozo, the first Black person elected to a statewide position, died in Washington, D.C.
Novelist Toni Morrison wins a Pulitzer Prize for Beloved on March 31, 1988.