Black Birthday for Feb. 8th: Gary Coleman, Alonzo Mourning and More
Black History Month

Black Birthday for February 8th: Gary Coleman, Alonzo Mourning and More

GARY COLEMAN: Before becoming a prominent child star, playing adoptee Arnold on the hit sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman knew a thing or two about it in real life, having grown up with adopted parents since birth. He would go on to appear in many hit TV series, from Martin to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and then on to reality TV fame as a cast member on The Surreal Life 2. He even ran for governor of California in 2003, and placed 8th in a field of 185 candidates during the infamous recall election. Though he suffered from an autoimmune kidney disease that stunted his growth, and would later die from complications of it, Coleman is one of the most well-known figures in pop culture, spanning generations.



Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists, athletes and more who have helped push our causes forward and make history.

Below you will find the individuals, both still alive and those who have passed away, who are celebrating their birthdays.

– Happy Birthday and a Rest in Peace to actor Gary Coleman

– Happy 43rd Birthday to former NBA all star Alonzo Mourning

– Happy 50th Birthday to former manager and linebacker of the Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie.

– Happy 51st Birthday to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P Jackson