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Sat, 09.26.2020

Henry Morton Stanley, born

*Sir Henry Morton Stanley was born on this date 1841.  He was a white-European (Welsh) journalist, explorer, soldier, colonial administrator, author and politician.  Born as John Rowlands in Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales. His mother Elizabeth Parry was 18 years old at the time of his birth. She abandoned him as a very young baby and cut off all communication. Stanley never knew […]

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Sat, 10.31.2020

Jean-Bertrand Aristide born

*Jean-Bertrand Aristide was born on this date in 1953.  He is a former Black priest and politician.  Jean-Bertrand Aristide was born into poverty in Port-Salut, Sud, Haiti.  His father died three months after he was born, and he later moved to Port-au-Prince with his mother. At age five, Aristide started school with priests of the Salesian […]

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Sun, 05.16.1210

Sundiata Keita, King of the Mali Empire

This date celebrates the birth of an African King Sundiata Keita, also known as Mari Diata, in approximately 1210.

Keita was the founder and ruler of the Mali Empire in West Africa. Keita was the son of Nare Maghan, the ruler of Kangaba, a small state located on an offshoot of the upper Niger River. Sundiata left Kangaba, but the reason is unknown: he may have gone into voluntary exile to avoid a jealous half brother, or he may have been exiled by Sumanguru Kante, king of the Soso, who killed Keita’s father and took over his kingdom.

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Fri, 06.06.1310

Queen Philippa of Hainaut born

*Philippa of Hainault was born on this date in 1310.  She was the first Black Queen of England. Philippa was of Black Moorish ancestry, born in Valenciennes in the County of Hainaut in the Low Countries of northern France.  Her parents were William I, Count of Hainaut, and Joan of Valois, Countess of Hainaut, granddaughter of Philip III of France. Philippa was one of eight […]

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Sun, 05.29.1487

Juan Garrido, Black Explorer born

*The birth of Juan Garrido in 1487 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black African Spanish conquistador.

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Sun, 09.04.1487

Zulu, a people who remain throughout time

*This date celebrates the Zulu nation. The Zulu are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with a population of approximately 8 million.

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Wed, 06.22.1510

Alessandro de Medici born

The birth of Alessandro de Medici in 1510 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black Italian ruler during the 16th century.

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Sun, 02.10.1630

Gamga Zumba born

*The birth of Ganga Zumba is celebrated on this date in c 1630.  He was the first leader of the vast escaped Afro Brazilian slave settlement of Quilombo dos Palmares, or Angola Janga, in the present-day state of Alagoas, Brazil.  Ganga Zumba is said to have been the son of princess Aqualtune, daughter of an […]

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Sat, 09.20.1664

Anti-Amalgamation law passed

*On this date in 1664, Maryland passed the first Anti amalgamation law. This law was intended to prevent marriages between Black men and English women.

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Sun, 10.02.1672

The Castillo de San Marcos, a brief story

*The Castillo de San Marcos began construction on this date in 1672.  Built with Black African slave and Native American labor, it is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.  Still standing, it is located on the western shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida.  The city of St. Augustine was founded for the Spanish Crown in 1565 on the site […]

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Wed, 02.18.1688

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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Tue, 06.24.1692

Kingston, Jamaica founded

Kingston Jamaica was founded on this date in 1692. It is the capital and chief port of Jamaica, an island nation in the West Indies. Kingston lies on the southeast coast of Jamaica, at the northern end of a nearly landlocked harbor.

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Thu, 01.03.1697

From Slave to General, Abram Hannibal

On this date we celebrate the birth of Abram Hannibal in 1697. He was an African slave who became a successfull general and military engineer in Russia.

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Wed, 11.17.1723

Crispus Attucks, first Patriot to die for America

On this date in 1723, we celebrate the birth of Crispus Attucks. He was a Black merchant and patriot.

Little is known about the early years of Attucks. He was born a slave around in the (then) colony of Massachusetts. His father, Prince Yonger, was African and his mother, Nancy Attucks, was an Indian and possible descendant of John Attucks, a member of the Natick Indian tribe. John Attucks was executed for treason in 1676 during the King Philip War. The word “attuck” in the Natick language means deer.

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Sat, 12.21.1737

Joseph Louis Cook born

*The birth of Joseph Louis Cook is celebrated on this date in c 1737. He was a Black African Native American (Mohawk).   Joseph Louis Cook or Akiatonharónkwen was born in Quebec, Canada.  He was the son of an African father and an Abenaki mother.  He and his mother moved to a Mohawk village in […]

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Attend my lays, ye ever honored Nine, Assist my labors, and my strains refine; In smoothest numbers pour the notes along, For bright Aurora now demands my song. Aurora hail! AN HYMN TO THE MORNING by Phyllis Wheatley.
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