Singer Mavis Staples performs onstage during day 1 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 22, 2016 in Indio, California.

Singer Mavis Staples is 78

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“There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


July 10: Singer Mavis Staples is 78. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) is 40.


July 10, 1891: A black jockey, “Monk” Overton, won six straight horse races at the Washington Park race track in Chicago. In 1907, another black jockey, Jimmy Lee, also won six straight races at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Prior to 1907, only two other jockeys had equaled the achievements of Overton and Lee, the Englishmen Fred Archer and George Fordham.