On This Day in Black History: July 25
1833
Lydia M. Child publishes "An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans", which is believed to be the first American book to denounce slavery.
1861
The Crittenden Resolution was passed, whereby the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate affirmed that the Civil War was being fought to preserve the Union and not to interfere with slavery.
1916
Garrett Morgan used a gas mask he had invented to rescue several men trapped during an explosion in an underground tunnel beneath Lake Erie.
1941
Emmett Till was born. Till met an untimely death at age 14, when he was lynched in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
1943
The destroyer escort USS Harmon (DE-678), the first warship to be named after an African-American, Leonard Roy Harmon, was launched.
1946
Two young black couples—Roger and Dorothy Malcolm, and George and Mae Murray Dorsey—were shot hundreds of times by a lynch mob in broad daylight at the Moore's Ford bridge spanning the Apalachee River, 60 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. No one was ever prosecuted for these killings, which came to be known as the Monroe Massacre.
1957
Habib Bourguiba ousted the Pasha Bey, proclaimed Tunis a republic and declared himself president of Tunisia.
1965
Martin Luther King, Jr., joined protests against housing segregation in Chicago.
1972
The U.S. Public Health Service admitted that 399 black men were used as unwitting guinea pigs in the 40-year-old Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
1973
Amy Jacques Garvey, journalist, pan-Africanist and second wife of Marcus Garvey, died.
1990
Earl Graves of Black Enterprise magazine and Magic Johnson signed a $60 million agreement to buy the Washington, D.C. Pepsi-Cola franchise.
1992
General Colin Powell, originator of the idea for the monument, dedicated the Buffalo Soldiers Monument at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
1996
Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, president of Burundi, was deposed in a military coup.

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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...


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King Jaja of Opobo
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Queen Tiye
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Chief Albert John Luthuli
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Sunni Ali Ber
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Cowrie Shells
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