On This Day in Black History: April 28
1902
The British embarked on a punitive expedition against Muhammed Abdalah Hassan, known as the "Mad Mullah," in Somalia.
1944
In a railroad Jim Crow case brought by Arthur Mitchell, a black congressman from Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" accommodations must indeed be equal.
1967
Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the United States Army.
1971
Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr. became the first African-American admiral in the U.S. Navy.
1972
King Ntare V of Burundi was killed in an abortive coup.
1982
Joseph G. Christopher, a 26-year-old white Army private, accused of the racially motivated slayings of four blacks and a dark-skinned Hispanic man in shooting and stabbing attacks in Buffalo, N.Y. and New York City, was convicted for the murder of three of the blacks.
1991
Civil rights leader Floyd McKissick died. McKissick was a former director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
1992
A military coup was launched in Sierra Leone.

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
Otis Boykin
One of Otis Boykin's early inventions was an improved electrical resistor for computers, radios, televisions and an assortment of other electronic devices. More...

Queen Nzinga
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...

Dr. Mae Jemison
Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman astronaut to participate in a NASA shuttle mission. More...

Claudia Jones
Concerned with black nationalism as well as socialism, Claudia Jones became the standard bearer for Negro women, especially domestic workers. She denounced and attacked the triple oppression of sex, race, and class faced by black women. More...

Granvillle T. Woods
During his lifetime, Granville T. Woods held over thirty-five patents. More than a dozen of these patents were inventions for electric railways but most of them were focused on electrical control and distribution. More...

Cetshwayo
In 1873, Cetshwayo succeeded his father Mpande and the Zulu nation resurfaced as a powerful force in Southern Africa. Like his predecessors, he wanted to avoid conflict with the white settlers but he was obstructing the imperial endeavour. More...