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On This Day in Black History: October 31
1896
Singer and actress Ethel Waters was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. Born to a 12-year old girl who had been raped by a white man, Waters was the second African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award.
1950
Earl Lloyd was the first African-American to play in an NBA game when he played with the Washington Capitols.
1954
The Algerian Revolution against the French began.
1974
Britain, France and the United States vetoed a motion at the United Nations to expel South Africa.
1997
King Letsie III was crowned king of Lesotho.
2004
In Nigeria, unions declared Royal Dutch/Shell, the top oil multinational, "an enemy of the Nigerian people" and called a nationwide strike for November 16.

Today's Featured Page
Sissieretta Jones
James Weldon Johnson observed that Sissieretta Jones possessed "the natural voice, the physical figure, the grand air and the engaging personality," characteristic of a great singer." More...


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Lobengula
Caught between dissident factions within his military and Europeans searching for gold, Lobengula thwarted the internal dissent by signing a number of treaties with the Europeans without jeopardizing his sovereignty. More...

World War II Medals of Honor
During the Civil War, 24 blacks were presented the Medal of Honor, America's highest award for heroism. During the Spanish-American War, six blacks were honored. However, only three were honored during World War I, II and the Korean War combined. No blacks received the award for World War II. On January 13, 1997, the Army finally righted these wrongs. More...

Annie Onieta Plummer
Dubbed The Dictionary Lady, Annie Onieta Plummer was born in 1936 in Sylvania, Georgia. In 1992, she noticed that many school children in Savannah, Georgia were not carrying any books. More...

Ernest Everett Just
Ernest E. Just was a "scientist's scientist". Dr. Charles Drew, a pioneer in blood plasma research himself, described Dr. Just as "a biologist of unusual skill and the greatest of our original thinkers in the field". More...

Yaa Asantewa/The Asante Wars
The British found few people as difficult to subdue as the Asante of Ghana in their quest to build their West African colonial empire. More...

Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Rosa Parks sat down so that we could all stand up for our rights. More...


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