Jackie “Moms” Mabley, pioneer stand-up comedienne, died on May 23, 1975.
Bernard Shaw, the trailblazing television news anchor, was born on May 22, 1940.
Fats Waller, the internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and comedic performer, was born on May 21, 1904.
David A. Paterson, the first African-American governor of New York, was born on May 20, 1954.
Lorraine Hansberry, an African-American writer and activist, was born on May 19, 1930.
Reggie Jackson, a retired African-American baseball player, was born on May 18, 1946.