Magazine article American Visions

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Magazine article American Visions

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... The Dixie Hummingbirds, living legends in gospel music, have spent a year celebrating the group's 70 years of existence? There has been considerable turnover over the decades, but Ira Tucker Sr. has been with the group for 60 years; Howard Carroll, for 50; Paul Owens, for 8; and Carl Davis, for 6. The celebration--which included a concert tour, a stint on the Late Show With David Letterman, a celebrity roast at the African American History Museum in Philadelphia, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Detroit--ends this August with the release of Music in the Air (House of Blues Music Co.). Performers on the CD include Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Shirley Caesar, Deniece Williams, Patti LaBelle, Isaac Hayes and Dick Gregory.

... St. Clair T. Bourne--a founding member of the Capital Press Club in Washington, D.C., and of the New York chapter of 100 Black Men--died on May 11, 1999, at age 88? During World War II, Bourne served as the first chief information officer of the U.S. Fair Employment Practice Committee (the precursor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Later, he became the first African-American public relations director of the New York State Department of Labor and then of the Workman's Compensation Board. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son, filmmaker St. Clair C. Bourne (see American Visions, February/Marcia 1999).

... Wendell Scott, the first African American to win a NASCAR race, was inducted recently into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, in Talladega, Ala.? Wendell Scott Jr. accepted the honor on behalf of his father, who passed away in 1990. …

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