On This Day in Black History: July 23
1872
Elijah McCoy was issued patent #129,843 for improvements in steam engines lubricators.
1892
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was born. His name at birth was Tafari Makonnen.
1900
The First Pan-African Congress convened in London. Among the leaders of the Congress were H. Sylvester Williams (a Trinidadian lawyer with a London practice), W.E.B. Du Bois, and Bishop Alexander Walters.
1920
British East Africa was renamed Kenya and became a British crown colony.
1924
Pioneering surgeon and scientist Louis Tompkins Wright was born in La Grange, Georgia.
1962
Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1967
The largest race riot in the twentieth century began in Detriot, spreading to other Michigan cities.
1968
A race riot began in Cleveland, prompted by a shootout between a black militant group and the Cleveland police department. The National Guard was mobilized. The riot resulted in eleven deaths.

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King Jaja of Opobo
Strategically located between Bonny and the production areas of the hinterland, King Jaja controlled trade and politics in the Niger Delta. More...


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Queen Tiye
Born in Nubia, Queen Tiye was the Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III, mother of Amenhotep IV (later known as Akenhaton), and mother-in-law of Nefertiti. Highly prestigious during the reign of both her husband and son, she exerted her influence as queen consort and queen mother of Egypt over a fifty-year period. More...

Chief Albert John Luthuli
Chief Albert John Luthuli, a teacher and minor Zulu chief found that, as an employee of the South African government, his efforts to raise the living standards of his people were limited. More...

Sunni Ali Ber
It was not until Sunni Ali Ber, a member of the Sunni dynasty, ascended to the throne in 1464, that the rulers of Gao looked beyond the confines of the Niger valley. In 28 years he turned the kingdom of Gao into the Songhai empire. More...

Cowrie Shells
Cowrie shells were the most popular currency within Africa. Pictures of cowrie shells adorned cave walls. The Egyptians considered them to be magical agents and also used them as currency in foreign exchange transactions. Archaeologists have excavated millions of them in the tombs of the Pharaohs. More...

Sundiata
Sundiata was the son of Nare Fa Maghan, king of the Mandingo, and Sogolon Conde. The union of Maghan and Sogolon was based on the prophecy that Sogolon would give Maghan a son who would be Mali's greatest king. More...

Thomas Fuller
In 1710, Thomas Fuller was born in Africa in the area between present-day Liberia and Benin. At 14, he was brought as a slave to America and became the property of Mrs. Elizabeth Cox of Alexandria, Virginia. Known as the Virginia Calculator, Fuller exhibited extraordinary computational abilities. More...


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