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On This Day in Black History: December 21
South Carolina enacted Black Codes.
Josh Gibson, the Negro Leagues home-run king, was born.
P.B.S. Pinchback (84), major Reconstruction politician, die in Washington, D.C
The white citizens of Deerfield, Illinois, authorize a plan which blocks the building of an interracial housing development.
Birth of Delorez Florence Griffith who, as Florence Griffith Joyner aka FloJo, became the track legend who won three gold medals (100m.,200m. and 400m.) and a silver (4x400 m. relay) in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Patricia R. Harris was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The Lancaster House Agreement, the independence agreement for Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe, was signed.
Michael Griffith is struck by an automobile and killed while escaping from a mob of whites who were beating him, in Howard Beach (Queens), NY.
Three white teen-agers were convicted of manslaughter and assault charges stemming from an attack that led to the death of one black man and the severe beating of another in Howard Beach, Queens, a year ago.
Jesse Jackson and other black leaders began a campaign encouraging use of the designation "African American" instead of "black" to denote Americans of African ancestry.
President-elect Bill Clinton named Hazel O'Leary Secretary of Energy. After being confirmed, she became the first black and the first woman to hold that position.

Today's Featured Page
The Golden Stool of the Asante
The Golden Stool of the Asante contains the soul or sunsum of the nation. It is considered to be so sacred that no one is allowed to sit on it. More...

Previously Featured Pages
Dr. George Carruthers
Dr. Carruthers is an astrophysicist of international renown. He was the principal inventor of the first moon-based observatory, the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph—a combination spectograph and camera, with an electron intensifier—used for the Apollo 16 mission to the moon in 1972. More...

Dr. Carter G. Woodson
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson inaugurated Negro History Week. More...

The Fall of Benin
On February 17, 1897, Benin City fell to the British. On that fateful day in history, the city of Benin lost its independence, its sovereignty, its Oba (king), its control of trade, and its pride. 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. Carter G. Woodson
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson inaugurated Negro History Week. More...

Dr. Patricia S. Cowings
Dr. Patricia S. Cowings is the Director of Pyschophysiological Research at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett's Field, California. With a career spanning nearly three decades with NASA, Dr. Cowings was the first American woman selected to be an astronaut way back, as she states, "before Sally Ride's day and they didn't even have a uniform for me." More...

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