On This Day in Black History: September 22
1828
Shaka, King of the Zulus, was murdered by his half-brothers.
1862
President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation announcing that emancipation would become effective on January 1, 1863 in the rebel states.
1906
A race riot in Atlanta, Georgia left 27 people dead.
1950
Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a mediator in Palestine, becoming the first black person to win the prize.
1957
François Duvalier (nicknamed "Papa Doc") was elected president of Haiti.
1960
The Federation of Mali, which was formed with Senegal, split and Mali became an independent republic.
1993
Thirty-one people were killed in the "Day of Terror" as the South African parliament began discussing establishment of a Transitional Council.
1994
Anthropologists digging in the Middle Awash region of Ethiopia discovered fossils of a hominid that they believe is humanity's earliest known ancestor, a creature that walked the wooded highlands of East Africa nearly 6 million years ago.

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Philip Emeagwali
Philip Emeagwali, a Nigerian presently living in the US, won the International Gordon Bell Prize in computer science. More...


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Dr. Percy Julian
Born in 1899 in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Percy Julian's research yielded more than 100 patents. He created derivative drugs to treat glaucoma and arthritis at a reasonable cost. His research on the soybean led to discoveries in the manufacture of drugs, hormones, vitamins, paint and paper. More...

The Rastafarian Movement
The Rastafarian Movement takes its name from Ras Tafari, later crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in 1930. Rastafarian philosophy stresses anti-colonialism and an affirmation of African social and cultural history. It offers both historical and political alternatives and its focus is on Africa. More...

Samori Ture
Born about 1830 in Sanankaro, a village southeast of Kankan in present-day Guinea, Samori Ture chose the path of confrontation, using warfare and diplomacy, to deal with the French colonial incursion into West Africa and established himself as the leading African opponent of European imperialism. More...

Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson is best known for his role as pediatric neurosurgeon in a complex operation separating Siamese twins joined at the head. More...

The Shona
The ruins of Great Zimbabwe still stand near the modern town of Masvingo in present-day Zimbabwe. They are three hundred feet long and two hundred feet wide. The walls are thirty feet high and, in many cases, twenty feet thick. They are the symbol of important political and economic developments among the Shona-speaking peoples in the twelfth century. More...

Sundiata
Sundiata was the son of Nare Fa Maghan, king of the Mandingo, and Sogolon Conde. The union of Maghan and Sogolon was based on the prophecy that Sogolon would give Maghan a son who would be Mali's greatest king. More...