On This Day in Black History: July 24
1505
Kilwa, an island off the coast of East Africa and a major trading center, was sacked by the Portugese explorer Francisco d'Almeida. By 1506, Portugal controlled most of the coast of East Africa.
1784
Whites rampaged through the streets of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, beating blacks and tearing down their homes.
1799
York, the slave who accompanied the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Ocean, was bequeathed to Captain William Clark by his father, John Clark.
1802
Alexandre Dumas, père, acclaimed author of such French classics as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, was born.
1807
Famed Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge was born.
1914
Educator, psychologist, and civil rights activist Kenneth B. Clark was born.
1919
A four-day race riot in Washington, D.C. ended, resulting in 6 dead, 100 wounded.
1937
Rape charges were dropped for five of the Scottsboro Boys.
1954
Educator and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell died.
1961
Grace Bumbry made her debut in Richard Wagner's Tannhauser at the Bayreuth Fetsival in Bavaria, a performace clouded by German press protest of a black woman singing the role of Venus.
1964
Frustration and resentment brought on by institutional racism, overcrowding, lack of job opportunity and police dog attacks exploded in racial violence in Rochester, N.Y.
1967
A race riot occurred in Cambridge, Maryland; the National Guard was mobilized.
2006
UNICEF reported that more than 600 children died every day in war-ravaged Congo and even more were displaced, sexually abused or swept into the camps of combatant groups.

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Dr. Keith Black
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Chief Albert John Luthuli
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Sunni Ali Ber
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Cowrie Shells
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Sundiata
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