On This Day in Black History: March 8
The French National Assembly voted to continue the practice of slavery in their colonies.
The Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery petitioned Congress to end slavery.
P.B.S. Pinchback, an elected senator from Louisiana, was refused his seat in the U.S. senate.
Phyllis Mae Daley, the first African-American nurse to serve in World War II, received her U.S. Navy commission.
Ghana, the first independent nation in Africa, was admitted to the United Nations.
Jesse Jackson won five states in the presidential primaries on Super Tuesday.
The U.N. Security Council condemned South Africa's ban on the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress.
Singer, bandleader and innovator Billy Eckstine died. A pivotal figure in the history of jazz, he was the leader of the original big bop band, which featured the "young lions" of the day such as Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughn and other rising jazz artists. In addition, he was the first black male singer with a continued presence in popular music.
Today's Featured Page
Queen Nzinga's meeting with the Portugese governor, recorded by a Dutch artist, is legendary in the history of Africa's confrontations with Europe. More...
Previously Featured Pages
Nehanda's dying words, "My bones will rise again," predicted the Second Chimurenga, which culminated in the independence of present-day Zimbabwe. More...
Nanny of the Maroons
Nanny, or Granny Nanny as she was affectionately called, was a brilliant military strategist. She was equally adept at being a shrewd military tactician and the spiritual leader of the Windward Maroons, providing the group with military and religious stability. 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...
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, a quarter-century before the abolition of slavery to a free black woman and a Scottish army officer, Mary Seacole (née Grant) went on to become famous for her outstanding humanitarian work in the Crimean War. More...
Born in 1786, Moshoeshoe emerged as a militarist and diplomat, forging a nation out of the chaos created by Shaka's military campaigns. Considered one of Africa's greatest statesmen, Moshoeshoe merged the displaced with his own people into a unitary state with defined borders and one language. More...
Dr. Mark Dean
When you think PC (personal computer), Mark Dean does not readily come to mind. Mark who?, you may ask. More...
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