On This Day in Black History: November 30
The Ruimveldt Riots began in Guyana.
Photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks was born.
Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress, was born.
Baseball's Negro National League disbanded.
Judith Jamison made her debut with Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater in Chicago.
Barbados gained independence after more than 300 years of British rule.
Dahomey was renamed Benin.
Mozambique adopted multi-party democracy and the free market under a new constitution.
In Sierra Leone, President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and rebel leader Foday Sankoh signed a peace accord. Nearly 1 million displaced people have settled in camps around the capital, Freetown.
Robert Tools, the first recipient of the Abiocor artificial heart, died.
Ugandan-born Dr. John Sentamu became the first black archbishop (Archbishop of York) in the Church of England in a unique ceremony which combined African singing and dancing with traditional worship.
Today's Featured Page
Amy Jacques Garvey
Amy Jacques Garvey, wife of Marcus Garvey, did not derive her legitimacy from the status of her husband. She was a leading Pan-Africanist and Black Nationalist in her own right. More...
Previously Featured Pages
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr., born November 29, 1908 in Connecticut and educated in New York, became one of the "new breed" of religious leaders—a fighting radical identifying himself with the "marching blacks". More...
Nehanda's dying words, "My bones will rise again," predicted the Second Chimurenga, which culminated in the independence of present-day Zimbabwe. More...
Granvillle T. Woods
During his lifetime, Granville T. Woods held over thirty-five patents. More than a dozen of these patents were inventions for electric railways but most of them were focused on electrical control and distribution. More...
The Emancipation Act
On August 1, 1834, the Emancipation Act came into force, after fifty years of bitter debate in Britain over the morality and profitability of slavery. It did not abolish servitude, but it was the first significant promise of freedom. More...
Dr. Charles Drew
In 1940, Charles Drew earned his Doctor of Medical Science Degree, and his dissertation was on the concept of "banked blood"—storing blood as plasma to increase storage life. More...
Bessie Coleman became the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. More...
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