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On This Day in Black History: January 19
1856
Biddy Mason and her three daughters were emancipated by the United States District Court in Los Angeles. Mason subsequently became a wealthy Los Angeles landowner and philanthropist.
1899
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was established. Virtually a British colony, what is now Sudan was run by a governor-general appointed by Egypt with British consent.
1918
John H. Johnson, the founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, was born.
1931
Carl Brashear, the first African-American who reached the rank of master chief diver in the U.S. Navy, was born.
1998
The New York Stock Exchange closed in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday for the first time.

Today's Featured Page
The Buffalo Soldiers
The story of the Buffalo Soldiers—their unsurpassed courage and patriotism—will live forever in the annals of the history of the United States. More...


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Curt Flood
Curt Flood was the star center fielder of the St. Louis Cardinals who challenged baseball's reserve system all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. More...

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

Behanzin
Behanzin, the King of Dahomey, chose the strategy of confrontation to resist French occupation of his kingdom. More...

Dr. Benjamin Carson
Dr. Benjamin Carson is best known for his role as pediatric neurosurgeon in a complex operation separating Siamese twins joined at the head. More...

Askia Mohammed I (Askia the Great)
Askia Mohammed I encouraged learning and literacy. Under Askia, Timbuktu experienced a cultural revival and flourished as a center of learning. More...

World War II Medals of Honor
During the Civil War, 24 blacks were presented the Medal of Honor, America's highest award for heroism. During the Spanish-American War, six blacks were honored. However, only three were honored during World War I, II and the Korean War combined. No blacks received the award for World War II. On January 13, 1997, the Army finally righted these wrongs. More...


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