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On This Day in Black History: August 31
1920
Marcus Garvey was elected "Provisional President of Africa" under the provisions of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
1923
Ruanda-Urundi was made a Belgian protectorate.
1935
Author and civil rights activist Eldridge Cleaver was born.
1936
Innovative educator Marva Collins was born. Collins started Westside Preparatory School in an impoverished neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois to improve the quality of education for the city's African-American children. With the school's motto, "entrance to learn, exit to serve," she turned around the lives of many students labelled by the system as problem children and learnig disabled, making them superior students and productive citizens.
1962
Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Britain.
1977
Ian Smith's ruling Rhodesian Front won an overwhelming victory in the country's general election with 80% of the white vote.
2002
Jazz musician and composer Lionel Hampton, the most famous vibraphone player in the world, died at the age of 94.
2006
The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that would give the United Nations authority over peacekeepers in Darfur as soon as Sudan's government gave its consent. The Sudanese government has so far refused to do so.

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Mary Seacole
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, a quarter-century before the abolition of slavery to a free black woman and a Scottish army officer, Mary Seacole (née Grant) went on to become famous for her outstanding humanitarian work in the Crimean War. More...


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Octavia E. Butler
Born in 1947 in Pasadena, California, Octavia E. Butler is the first published African-American female science fiction writer. She is widely recognized and critically acclaimed, while introducing the African-American and feminist perspective into the genre. More...

Otis Boykin
One of Otis Boykin's early inventions was an improved electrical resistor for computers, radios, televisions and an assortment of other electronic devices. More...

Rita Dove
Born 1952 in Akron, Ohio, Rita Dove served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the United States Congress. She was the youngest person and the first African American to be appointed to this prestigious office. More...

Nana Prempeh I
Nana Prempeh reunited the Asante nation, but this period coincided with the Scramble for Africa and the British viewed African unity as an impediment to their colonial expansion. Additionally, they wanted to colonize the Gold Coast before the French in the Ivory Coast did. More...

Marie-Joseph Angélique
Marie-Joseph Angélique was a slave owned by François Poulin of Montreal in the early 1730s. Being in her sexual prime, she was expected to breed with male slaves as well as provide sexual services to her master. Angélique had other plans. More...

Althea Gibson
Surmounting the obstacles of poverty and racism, Althea Gibson reached the pinnacle of her sport against the odds, becoming the first African American woman to win a major tennis tournament. More...


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