On This Day in Black History: September 28
1785
Abolitionist David Walker was born.
1829
David Walker published the most radical of all antislavery documents, Walker's Appeal, in Walker's Appeal, in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America, urging slaves to resort to violence when necessary to win their freedom.
1833
Lemuel Haynes, clergyman and first black minister to serve a white congregation, died.
1868
Two to three hundred African-Americans were killed in the Opelousas Massacre in Louisiana.
1895
The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. was formed in Atlanta, Georgia as a result of the merger of three Baptist groups: the Foreign Mission Convention, the American National Baptist Convention and the Baptist National Education Convention.
1912
W.C. Handy published "Memphis Blues," which standardized the musical genre which became known as the blues.
1913
Race riots in Harriston, Mississippi killed 10 people.
1923
Abyssinia (Ethiopia) left the League of Nations.
1958
In a referendum in which General de Gaulle gave colonies the chance to choose between the French Community or independence by either voting “Yes” or “No,” Guinea, among all the French African colonies, voted “No,” hence obtaining total independence from France.
1967
Walter Washington took office as mayor of Washington, D.C.
1972
The dishonourable discharges of 167 soldiers involved in the 1906 Brownsville Raid, dispensed by President Theodore Roosevelt without trial, were repealed.
1981
Joseph Paul Franklin, a racially-motivated serial killer, was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two black men as they jogged with two white women in a park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1985
A race riot occurred in Brixton, London, England.
1991
Miles Davis, one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the 20th century, died.

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