Stand-up comedian Melvin “Slappy” White dies.
1995 (Nov 7)
Slappy White, one of the first successful Black stand-up comedians, died on this date. Born Melvin White in 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland, racial harmony was a theme often used in his routines. White emerged in the 1950s from the Black nightclubs and began appearing before largely white audiences. In addition to his stand-up routines, White also appeared in movies and on television.