On This Day in Black History: October 25
1859
Frederick Douglass fled to Canada to avoid being arrested as an accomplice in John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry.
1900
The Transvaal in South Africa was annexed by the British.
1940
Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. was named the first black general in the U.S. Army.
1958
Ten thousand students, led by Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte and A. Philip Randolph participated in the Youth March for Integrated Schools in Washington, D.C.
1962
Halifax City Council unanimously decided to destroy Africville, a historic black community within the city.
1976
Governor George Wallace granted a full pardon to Clarence Norris, the last known survivor of the nine Scottsboro Boys who were wrongly convicted of a 1931 rape.
1983
U.S. troops invaded Grenada.
1984
The European Economic Community (EEC) donated £1.8 million to help combat the famine in Ethiopia.
1988
A Ku Klux Klan group known as the Invisible Empire, who attacked an interracial group during a brotherhood rally in all-white Forsyth County, Georgia, was ordered to pay one million dollars. They were forced to pay the million dollars, disband and give their office equipment to the local NAACP
1994
In South Carolina, Susan Smith claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons. She later confessed to drowning the children and was convicted of murder.
1997
Denis Sassou-Nguesso was declared President of the Republic of the Congo, when his forces took Brazzaville and President Pascal Lissouba fled.
1997
The Million Woman March occurred.
2003
In Swaziland, King Mswati III dismissed the entire government.

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


Previously Featured Pages
Jackie Robinson
Graduating from UCLA, Jackie Robinson began to play baseball with the Kansas City Monarchs. When Branch Rickey decided to pioneer in hiring Black baseball players, he hired Robinson on October 23, 1945. More...

Askia Mohammed I (Askia the Great)
Askia Mohammed I encouraged learning and literacy. Under Askia, Timbuktu experienced a cultural revival and flourished as a center of learning. More...

Lewis Temple
Today, Lewis Temple is presented as one of New Bedford's most ingenious citizens. In 1987, a life-size statue of Lewis Temple was erected on the lawn of the New Bedford Free Public Library. More...

Behanzin
Behanzin, the King of Dahomey, chose the strategy of confrontation to resist French occupation of his kingdom. More...

The Buffalo Soldiers
The story of the Buffalo Soldiers—their unsurpassed courage and patriotism—will live forever in the annals of the history of the United States. More...

Candace of Meroe
Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake. More...


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