On This Day in Black History: October 4
The Syracuse Vigilance Committee was founded in New York to obstruct the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.
The first black daily newspaper, The New Orleans Tribune, was published. The paper, started in July of the same year, was initially being puiblished tri-weekly.
Black activist H. Rap Brown, now known as Jamil Al-Amin, was born. Brown was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Justice Minister of the Black Panther Party, and once postulated that "violence is as American as cherry pie."
Henrietta Lacks died from cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mrs. Lacks's cervical cancer cells, taken without her knowledge or permission and propagated by George Cey, head of tissue research at Johns Hopkins, have produced an immortal line of cells used in cancer research called HeLa cells. They are the first human cells to live indefinitely outside the human body.
Gambia was granted full internal self-government.
Lesotho (Basutoland) gained independence from Britain.
Earl Butz, the secretary of agriculture, resigned after it was widely publicized that he had made a racist remark.
The civil war ended in Mozambique when the government signed a cease-fire with leaders of the Mozambican National Resistance (MNR).
Congress passed a bill authorizing the creation of 500,000 Black Revolutionary War Patriots commemorative coins.
In Barbados, delegations from Russia, Cuba, South Africa, Colombia and France's overseas territories abandoned the African and African Descendants World Conference Against Racism, which voted to exclude whites and Asians.
The re-interment of human remains to their final resting place occurred at the African Burial Ground in New York City.
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