On This Day in Black History: February 27
1844
The Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti.
1890
Mabel Keaton Staupers, a leader in integrating nurses in the U.S. military and in professional nursing associations, was born in Barbados, West Indies.
1897
World-renowned opera singer Marian Anderson was born.
1967
St. Kitts and Nevis (with Anguilla) became an associated state of the United Kingdom with full internal autonomy.
1973
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia pool club could not bar residents because of colour.
1978
Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Pan-African Congress of Azania (South Africa), died.
1982
Wayne B. Williams was convicted of murdering two young blacks and 22 other child murders were subsequently attributed to him. Williams was at the center of a string of 28 killings of young black men over a two-year period.
1988
Debi Thomas became the first African-American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

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Marie-Joseph Angélique
Marie-Joseph Angélique was a slave owned by François Poulin of Montreal in the early 1730s. Being in her sexual prime, she was expected to breed with male slaves as well as provide sexual services to her master. Angélique had other plans. More...


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The Scramble for Africa
The Scramble for Africa was powered not so much by conditions in Africa, but by the economic, social and political conditions in Europe during the second half of the nineteenth century. In economic terms, it was "not so much as an overproduction of ... goods in Europe as an undersupply of raw materials". More...

Octavia E. Butler
Born in 1947 in Pasadena, California, Octavia E. Butler is the first published African-American female science fiction writer. She is widely recognized and critically acclaimed, while introducing the African-American and feminist perspective into the genre. More...

Mabel Fairbanks
In 1977, Mabel Fairbanks was the first African American inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. More...

Menelik II
Born in 1844, Menelik II was one of the most celebrated of Ethiopia's rulers, and led the most successful campaign of African resistance to repel the onslaught of European colonialism. 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...

Khama III
In 1875, Khama III became king of the Bamangwato when he expelled his father and brother, Sekgoma and Kgamane. Known as Khama the Good, he was a Christian convert and proved to be more pious than the missionaries. More...


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