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On This Day in Black History: August 25
1798
Julius Soubise died. Soubise was brought to England from St. Kitts when he was ten years old, and given to the Duchess of Queensberry as a present. Subsidized by the Duchess, he became an excellent swordsman and horseman. A dandy and womanizer, he lost favour with the Duchess when he was accused of raping one of her maids and was sent off to India.
1802
Toussaint L'Ouverture was imprisoned in the Fort-de-Joux castle in Jura, France.
1886
The American National Baptist Convention was formed and Reverend William Simmons of Kentucky was elected president.
1901
Oliver C. Cox was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Cox became a noted sociologist whose writings on race, class and caste are encyclopedic.
1925
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was organized at a meeting at Elks Hall in Harlem.
1927
Trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson, who became the first African-American to win titles at Grand Slam tennis tournaments, was born.
1964
The Credentials Committee of the Democratic Party offered to seat two "delegates at large" from the integrated Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party along with the all-white Mississippi delegation, an offer that was rejected by both factions.
2004
In South Africa, Mark Thatcher, the son of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was arrested and charged with helping to finance a foiled coup attempt in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.

Today's Featured Page
Althea Gibson
Surmounting the obstacles of poverty and racism, Althea Gibson reached the pinnacle of her sport against the odds, becoming the first African American woman to win a major tennis tournament. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Dr. Mark Dean
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Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca. However, attention should be focused on the effects of the hajj, rather than the pilgrimage itself. More...

Candace of Meroe
Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake. More...

Yaa Asantewa/The Asante Wars
The British found few people as difficult to subdue as the Asante of Ghana in their quest to build their West African colonial empire. More...

Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Lumumba was born in Katako-Kombe in the Kasai Province of the Belgian Congo in 1925. In October 1958, he formed the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC), which was the only major party that had a truly national base. A nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he mobilized the Congolese people to press for independence. More...

Mary Ann Shadd Cary
From an early age, Mary was exposed to the anti-slavery movement, where she developed a good grasp of the issues and honed her debating skills. More...


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