The Registry

Mon, 05.20.1743 story

Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture, 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 brief 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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Sun, 01.01.1804 story

Independence for Haiti

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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Sun, 08.21.1791 story

The First Haitian Slave Revolt occurs

On this date in 1791, the first slave revolt in Haiti took place.

The island was settled in the 1600s by French buccaneers. In 1664, the newly established French West India Company took control ofthe colony, and named it named Saint-Domingue. France formally claimed control of the western portion of the island of Hispaniola., and later, France named its newly colonized island Saint Domingue in early 1700s.

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Sat, 06.02.1810 story

The ‘Shotgun House’, Black Architecture and Heritage

The “shotgun house,” a residential house design, is celebrated on this date in 1810. It is a Black cultural architectural form that originated in the American South and was used extensively throughout the region.

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Sun, 02.27.1876 story

Phillip Payton Jr. born

*Philip A. Payton Jr. was born on this date in 1876.  He was a Black real estate entrepreneur.  Philip A. Payton Jr. was born in Westfield, Massachusetts. He was the second of four children, one girl and three boys. His father was a barber and his mother a hairdresser. His father insisted that the children […]

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