On This Day in Black History: August 23
1755
Engineer and geographer Jean-Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy, the first black correspondent of the French Academy of Sciences, was born.
1786
Jean-Baptiste Lislet-Geoffrey became the first black correspondent of the French Academy of Sciences.
1833
The Slavery Abolition Act was passed. This act granted freedom to all slaves in the British Empire.
1844
A mass meeting of blacks in Boston adopted a resolution declaring that segregated public schools in that city violated the State Constitution.
1900
Booker T. Washington established the National Negro Business League.
1917
The Houston Riot occurred when soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment retaliated to an incident of racism. Two blacks and nineteen whites died.
1954
Computer scientist Dr. Phillip Emeagwali was born.

Today's Featured Page
Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca. However, attention should be focused on the effects of the hajj, rather than the pilgrimage itself. More...


Previously Featured Pages
Candace of Meroe
Unlike the queens of Egypt who derived power from their husbands, the Queens of Kush were independent rulers, to the extent that it was often thought that Meroe never had a king. Four of these queens—Amanerinas, Amanishakhete, Nawidemak and Maleqereabar—became distinctively known as Candaces, a corruption of the word Kentake. More...

Yaa Asantewa/The Asante Wars
The British found few people as difficult to subdue as the Asante of Ghana in their quest to build their West African colonial empire. More...

Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Lumumba was born in Katako-Kombe in the Kasai Province of the Belgian Congo in 1925. In October 1958, he formed the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC), which was the only major party that had a truly national base. A nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he mobilized the Congolese people to press for independence. More...

Mary Ann Shadd Cary
From an early age, Mary was exposed to the anti-slavery movement, where she developed a good grasp of the issues and honed her debating skills. More...

The Tuskegee Airmen
Myth: Black men can't fly planes. General H.H. Arnold unequivocally stated that "no Blacks would ever pilot a plane in the upcoming war [World War II.]" The myth was debunked with the help of the US Congress. More...

Menelik II
Born in 1844, Menelik II was one of the most celebrated of Ethiopia's rulers, and led the most successful campaign of African resistance to repel the onslaught of European colonialism. More...


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