January 23, 1948

Anita Pointer was born in California. Pointer, who spent several years of her youth living with her grandparents in Prescott (Nevada County), is an original member of the singing group the Pointer Sisters. She started singing gospel in her father’s church in West Oakland, California, and went on to attain pop music stardom. The group’s top-ten hits include the songs “Fire,” “Slow Hand,” “He’s So Shy,” “Jump (For My Love),” “Automatic,” “Neutron Dance,” and “I’m So Excited.” In 1998, Pointer was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. She has said of Arkansas: “I do feel like home is where the heart is, and my heart feels at home in Arkansas. I love the South.”

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