<div>Singer Sam Cooke, the son of a minister and believed by many to be the first father of soul music, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931.</div>

On January 20, 2001, Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first black secretary of state in U.S. history.

On January 19, 1918 John H Johnson, publisher of “Ebony Magazine” and “Jet” was born. In 1982 he became the first African-American to appear on the Forbes 400.

On January 18, 1975, “The Jeffersons” premiered on television. It aired for 11 seasons, making it the longest-running series with a predominantly black cast.

On January 17, 1942 Boxing champion, Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He began boxing after his bike was stolen at age 12.