By declaration of the British Parliament, slavery was banned throughout the British Empire.
August 28, 1955
Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago was abducted from his uncle’s home while visiting him in Mississippi. Two white men brutally murdered the black teenager for supposedly whistling at a white woman. On September 23, a jury acquitted both defendants after a 67-minute deliberation. The two men lived the rest of their lives without formal punishment and died of cancer in the early 1980s.
August 28, 1957
U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina began a 24-hour and 18-minute non-stop filibuster – the longest ever by a lone senator – in an unsuccessful attempt to derail passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
August 28, 1963
In Washington, DC, an estimated 250,000 Civil Rights advocates joined the “March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom.” They gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear songs by Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. The climax of the event was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. giving what became known as his “I have a dream” speech.
The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales after they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in two months.
Lionel Richie had his second #1 on the AC chart from his great albumCan’t Slow Down as “Stuck On You” was #1 for a second week.
Ray Parker, Jr. had his biggest career hit as “Ghostbusters” reached #1. That ended Prince’s hold on the top spot with his great song “When Doves Cry”.
Prince made it seven weeks in a row with one of the top R&B songs of the 1980’s–“When Doves Cry”.
Purple Rain was in its fifth week of release with two at #1 on the Album chart.
Tina Turner had a Top 10 album with Private Dancer
Tina Turner is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Mariah Cary reached #1 on the R&B chart with her first single “Vision Of Love”.
Ray Charles sang “America The Beautiful” at the opening of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote Sam And Dave‘s classic “Soul Man”, sends a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole, requesting Dole stop using his song, which supporters had changed to “I’m A Dole Man.”
A biopic about Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” starring Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, and Larenz Tate as Frankie, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters. Little Richard and Ben Vereen made cameo appearances in the film.
“We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey was #1 for an 11th week
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