On This Day in Black History: October 7
Slavery was abolished in Cuba by a royal decree, which also made the patronato, a form of indentured servitude, illegal.
Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Black Muslim movement from the 1930s to the 1970s, was born.
Ras Tafari Makonnen (Haile Selassie) was crowned negus by Empress Zauditu.
Desmond Tutu, South African Nobel Peace Prize winner and archbishop, was born.
Playwright, poet, novelist, and essayist Amiri Baraka was born.
The League of Nations declared that Italy was the aggressor against Ethiopia and started the process of imposing sanctions.
Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Toni Morrison became the first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In Nigeria, it was reported that floodgates were opened on the Niger River at two dams, Jebba and Shiriro, to prevent Shiriro Lake from overflowing its banks. Four hundred villages were submerged, leaving 300,000 people homeless and some 500 people were estimated to have been drowned.

Today's Featured Page
Kente is not simply a cloth. Culturally, it visually depicts the historical, political, social and aesthetic tenets of Asante society. More...

Previously Featured Pages
Fannie Lou Hamer
Refusing to yield to the position designated to her by society, Fannie Lou Hamer eventually became the embodiment of the changes incited by the civil rights movement of the 1960s. More...

Khama III
In 1875, Khama III became king of the Bamangwato when he expelled his father and brother, Sekgoma and Kgamane. Known as Khama the Good, he was a Christian convert and proved to be more pious than the missionaries. More...

The Kingdom of Kush
The Twenty-Fifth Dynasty of the pharaohs of Egypt was established by the kings of Kush. According to Margaret Shinnie in Ancient African Kingdoms, "The Kushites were the first truly African people to achieve a position of power and to win the respect of the civilized world as it was at the time". More...

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...

Dr. Mark Dean
When you think PC (personal computer), Mark Dean does not readily come to mind. Mark who?, you may ask. More...

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...

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