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On This Day in Black History: May 23
1832
Sam Sharpe, the main instigator of the 1831 slave rebellion in Jamaica who vowed that he "... would rather die upon yonder gallows than live in slavery," was hanged.
1861
Three slaves with the Confederate Army commandeered a skiff and paddled to the safety of Union-occupied Fort Monroe.
1920
Shuffle Along, the first black hit musical, opened at the 63rd St. Music Hall in New York City.
1961
Twenty-seven Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
1981
A state funeral was held in Jamaica for Bob Marley. He was eulogized by Jamaica's Governor General, by opposition party leader Michael Manley, and by Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

Today's Featured Page
Cowrie Shells
Cowrie shells were the most popular currency within Africa. Pictures of cowrie shells adorned cave walls. The Egyptians considered them to be magical agents and also used them as currency in foreign exchange transactions. Archaeologists have excavated millions of them in the tombs of the Pharaohs. More...


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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...

Nana Prempeh I
Nana Prempeh reunited the Asante nation, but this period coincided with the Scramble for Africa and the British viewed African unity as an impediment to their colonial expansion. Additionally, they wanted to colonize the Gold Coast before the French in the Ivory Coast did. More...

The Dogon of Mali
For centuries, the Dogon of Mali have had an excellent understanding of the solar system, particularly the Sirius star system. 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...

The Sharpeville Massacre
March 21, 1960: A large crowd of Black South Africans assembled in front of the Sharpeville police station to protest the pass laws imposed by apartheid. The pass laws were statutes requiring all black men and women of South Africa to carry a reference book with them when they travelled outside of their homes. More...

Frederick McKinley Jones
Growing up as an orphan and not attending school beyond grade eight, Frederick McKinley Jones was ultimately to become one of the most prolific black inventors. More...


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