On This Day in Black History: February 23
1763
The Berbice slave revolt: Slaves led by Cuffy (Kofi) carried out a major slave uprising against the Dutch plantocracy in Berbice, Guyana.
1868
W.E.B. Du Bois, author, educator and historian, was born.
1901
Britain and Germany established the boundary between German East Africa (now Tanganyika, Rwanda and Burundi) and Nyasaland (now Malawi).
1960
Whites joined black students in their sit-in at Woolworth's in North Carolina.
1970
Guyana (formerly British Guiana) became a republic, remaining a member of the Commonwealth.
1972
Angela Davis was released from jail, where she had been held on kidnapping, conspiracy and murder charges.
1979
Frank E. Peterson, the first African-American Marine Corps aviator, was the first African-American to be named Marine Corps general.
1983
Harold Washington won the Democratic party nomination for mayor of Chicago.
1999
In Jasper, Texas, white supremacist John William King was convicted of murder in the dragging death of a black man, James Byrd, Jr. King was sentenced to death two days later.
2005
France passed a law calling on schools to promote the positive aspects of colonialism, particularly in North Africa.

Today's Featured Page
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...


Previously Featured Pages
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...

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...

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...

Lewis Temple
Today, Lewis Temple is presented as one of New Bedford's most ingenious citizens. In 1987, a life-size statue of Lewis Temple was erected on the lawn of the New Bedford Free Public Library. More...

Dr. Lloyd Quarterman
Dr. Lloyd Quarterman was one of the African American nuclear scientists involved in the production of the atomic bomb. He worked with two of the most illustrious scientific minds of the twentieth century—Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi. 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...