Austin Weekly News this week acknowledges the birthdays of a few prominent blacks occurring this week:

Mustafa Khalil, (Nov. 18; 1920-2008)- Egyptian prime minister from 1978-1980; best known for helping negotiate the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord between Egypt and Israel.

Dominique Dawes, 34, (Nov. 20)- three time Olympic gymnast, who become the first black woman and first person of color in any nationality to win a Gold medal in gymnastics. The Silver Spring, Md. native accomplished the feat at the 1996 games.

Don Cherry, (Nov. 18; 1936-1995)- Innovative jazz cornet player; also a trumpeter and pianist.

Yaphet Kotto, 73, (Nov. 15)- actor and New York native, who’s starred in feature films (Friday Foster, Alien), stage and television (Homicide: Life on the Street).

Rachel True, 44, (Nov. 15)- actress in television (Half & Half) and feature films (The Craft).

Lisa Bonet, 43, (Nov. 16)- The Cosby Show actress and ex-wife of singer Lenny Kravitz; she’s also a film actress and director.

-Terry Dean