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Mon, 05.20.1743 story

Toussaint Louverture , Haitian Abolitionist born

*Toussaint Louverture was born on this date in 1743.  He was a Black Haitian general and abolitionist.   François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture is thought to have been born on the plantation of Bréda at Haut de Cap in Saint-Domingue.   Louverture’s parents are not known. John Beard’s biography of Louverture claims that family traditions name his grandfather as from Southern Benin. Louverture […]

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Mon, 07.22.1946 story

Danny Glover, Actor, and Activist born

Danny Glover was born on this date in 1946. He is an African American actor and director and an activist.

Danny Lebern Glover was born in San Francisco. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University. As a young man he was a member of the Black Panther Party.

At the University, he met and married his wife, Asake Bomani, in 1975; they have one child named Mandisa.

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Wed, 09.20.1758 story

Jean Dessalines, Haitian Leader born

*Jean-Jacques Dessalines was born on this date in 1758.  He was a Black Haitian soldier and leader of the Haitian Revolution and the first ruler of an independent Haiti under the 1805 constitution.   Taking the last name of the owner who owned his mother at the time, Jean-Jacques Duclos was born into slavery on Cormier, a plantation near Grande-Riviere-du-Nord.  His father had adopted the surname from his owner Henri […]

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Sun, 04.09.1933 story

Dr. Nathan Hare, Sociologist born

*Nathan Hare was born on this date in 1933.  He is a Black sociologist, activist, academic, and psychologist.    Nathan Hare was born on his parents’ sharecropper farm near the Creek County town of Slick, Oklahoma. He attended segregated public schools, L’Ouverture Elementary School, named after the Haitian revolutionary and general Toussaint Louverture; they were part of the “Slick Separate Schools” in […]

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Wed, 02.18.1688 story

Abolitionist in the United States of America, a story

*On this date 1688 the Registry shares an article on Abolitionist and the formal beginning to organized group Abolitionism in America.  This was the movement that sought to end slavery in the United States and was active both before and during the American Civil War. In the Americas and Western Europe, abolitionism was a movement that sought to end the Middle […]

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Thu, 02.15.1776 story

Jean-Pierre Boyer, Haitian Politician born

*On this date in 1776, Jean-Pierre Boyer was born. He was a Black soldier and politician. Jean-Pierre Boyer was born in Port-au-Prince and was the mulatto son of a French tailor and an African mother, a former slave from Congo. He was sent to France by his father to become educated. During the French Revolution, he fought […]

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Mon, 04.02.1770 story

Alexandre Pétion, Soldier, and Politician born

*On this date in 1770, Alexandre Pétion was born.  He was a Black politician, soldier the first President of the Republic of Haiti from 1807 until his death. Alexandre Sabès Pétion was born “Anne Alexandre Sabès” in Port-au-Prince. His father was Pascal Sabès, a wealthy white French father, and Ursula, a free mulatto woman. Like other free […]

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Thu, 03.25.1762 story

Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Military Officer born

*Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was born on this date in 1762. He was a Black French general in Revolutionary France. Born in Saint-Domingue (Haiti), Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie was the quarteron son of Marquis Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie, a white French nobleman, and Marie-Cessette Dumas, an African slave. He was born into slavery […]

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Sun, 01.01.1804 story

Haiti Gains its Independence From France

On this date in 1804, Haiti emerged as the first independent Black-led republic in the modern (western) world.

The Haitian Revolution was one of the most successful slave rebellions in history. Having shed the burden of slavery and French colonial rule, the revolutionaries of Haiti (formerly Saint-Domingue) inspired people of African descent around the world, particularly those who remained in slavery.

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Tue, 10.06.1767 story

Henri Christophe, Revolutionary, and Haitian King

On this date in 1767, Henri Christophe was born. He was a West African slave and became an early Black king of (Haiti).

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