On This Day in Black History: March 7
Estevanico, a Moor and the first person of African descent to travel through the area we now call Texas, was killed.
Five African-American cadets graduated from the U.S. Army Air Corps Squadron's flying school at Tuskegee, Alabama, becoming the first African-Americans to qualify as military pilots in any branch of the armed forces. The first cadet to get his wings on this day was none other than Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., who went on to become the first African-American general in the U.S. Air Force.
West Indian cricketer Viv Richards, who became one of the greatest batsmen of all time, was born.
Six hundred civil-rights marchers were attacked by state and local police with tear gas and billy clubs at the Edmund Pettus bridge on the way from Selma to Montgomery. This act of savagery, viewed by millions, precipitated the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."
"We are the World," written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones and performed by top international artists, was released as a single, with proceeds going to African famine and relief efforts.
Nelson Mandela rejected a demand by white right-wingers for a separate homeland in South Africa.
Michael Manley, former prime minister of Jamaica, died.
Photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director Gordon Parks died.
Today's Featured Page
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Nanny of the Maroons
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Nana Prempeh I
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