On This Day in Black History: October 20
1842
Fugitive slave George Latimer was recaptured in Boston.
1862
Amnesty was granted to escaped slaves in Suriname.
1893
Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president, was born.
1901
Race riots sparked by Booker T. Washington's visit to the White House killed 34.
1908
King Leopold II sold Congo to the Belgian government amid rising international protests against the brutalization of the Congolese people.
1924
The first Negro World Series was played between the Kansas City Monarchs (Negro National League Champions) and the Hilldale Club (Eastern Colored League Champions).
1942
Black intellectuals meeting at North Carolina College drafted the "Durham Manifesto" for civil rights, calling for fundamental changes in race relations.
1951
In the college football game between Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) and Drake University, Drake's running back Johnny Bright was subjected to a brutal, unsportsmanlike act of racism. He was knocked unconscious three times in the first seven minutes, with the final blow breaking his jaw and putting him out of the game. Fortunately, photographers captured images of the game and a sequential set of images from an early play showed Bright taking a malicious forearm—well after the ball had been handed off to another player.
1952
The Mau Mau uprising against British rule in Kenya began.
1953
Jomo Kenyatta and five other Mau Mau leaders were refused an appeal of their prison terms in British East Africa (now Kenya).
1967
Seven men were convicted on federal conspiracy charges in the case of the murders of three civil rights workers (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner) and given sentences of three to ten years, but none served more than six.
1989
The Senate convicted U.S. District Judge Alcee L. Hastings of perjury and conspiracy and removed him from office.
1989
U.S. District Judge Alcee L. Hastings was convicted by the United States Senate and removed from office for corruption and perjury. The conviction was overturned and, in 1992, Hastings was elected to the same House of Representatives that had impeached him.
1992
Liberian warlord Prince Johnson surrendered to ECOMOG (Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group) forces in Monrovia and was exiled to Nigeria.
2006
Officials at the United States Air Force Officers Training School incorporated the history of the Tuskegee Airmen into the classroom curriculum.

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