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Sat, 05.06.2021

Alston v. The School Board of Norfolk is Decided

*On this date in 1940, Alston v. The School Board of Norfolk was decided. This was a suit instituted by Melvin O. Alston, a Black school teacher of Norfolk, Va., and the Norfolk Teachers’ Association, an association composed of the Black school teachers of that city. From the beginning of segregated public schooling in Norfolk, […]

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Fri, 04.06.2021

Libya Gains Independence From Italy

*Libya gained its independence on this date in 1947. Under the terms of the 1947 peace treaty with the Allies, Italy relinquished all claims to Libya. The officially the State of Libya is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the […]

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Fri, 04.06.2021

Fort Apollonia is Built

*Fort Apollonia was established on this date in 1655.   It was used during the Middle Passage, its name Apollonia was given by a Portuguese explorer who sighted the place on the Feast of Saint Apollonia on this month and day in History. The Swedes established a trading post at Apollonia as part of the Swedish Gold […]

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Fri, 04.06.2021

The First All African People’s Conference Convenes

*On this date in 1958, the first All-African Peoples’ Conference (AAPC) was held. This gathering was partly a corollary and partly a different perspective to the modern African states represented by the Conference of Heads of independent Africa States. The All-Africa Peoples Conference was conceived to include social groups, including ethnic communities and anti-colonial political […]

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Tue, 01.06.2021

The Gullah/Geechee Corridor Act is Passed

*On this date in 2005, the Gullah/Geechee Corridor Act was signed into law. The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act – Establishes the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (Heritage Corridor) to: (1) recognize the important contributions made to American culture and history by African Americans known as the Gullah/Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina, […]

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Sun, 30.05.2021

The First Recorded African Slaves Arrive in the United States of America

*On this date in 1526, The first African slaves in what would become the present-day United States of America arrived in Winyah Bay, South Carolina. Spaniard Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón led around six hundred settlers, including an unknown number of slaves there, in an attempt to start a colony. The attempt failed after a month […]

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Sat, 29.05.2021

The Herero, and Namaqua Genocide Occurs

*On this date in 1904, the Herero and Namaqua genocide began. This was a white atrocity against a Black community in Africa. between 1904 and 1908. The conflict was one of the first colonial rebellions after the Berlin Conference. This was the high point of white European competition for territory in Africa, a process commonly known […]

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Thu, 27.05.2021

Ernest Hendon, Sharcropper born

*Ernest Hendon was born on this date in 1907. He was a Black landscaper and sharecropper. He also was the last unwitting surviving participant in the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. From Roba, Alabama, Ernest Herndon was the son of North and Mary Reed Hendon, sharecroppers. The family resided in rural Alabama, where Ernest Hendon spent his childhood […]

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Thu, 27.05.2021

Fort San Sebastian is Built

*Fort San Sebastian was built on this date in 1523. It was a Portuguese fortress to protect the monetary interest and transfer African Slaves during the Middle Passage. The facility located in Shama; Ghana is the third oldest fortification in Ghana. It was built by the Portuguese from 1520 to 1526 as a trading post and […]

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Mon, 24.05.2021

The Komenda Wars Begin

*The beginning of the Komenda Wars is affirmed on this date in 1694, These were a series of wars that lasted until 1700 largely between the Dutch West India Company and the British Royal African Company in the Eguafo Kingdom in the present-day state of Ghana, over trade rights. The Dutch were trying to keep the British out […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

There is music in me, the music of a peasant people. I wander through the levee, picking my banjo and singing my songs of the cabin and the field. At last... THE BANJO PLAYER by Fenton Johnson.
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